This Week In Radio 12/2/2022 (with JNLR numbers and More)

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what Happened

It’s JNLR time again, so we had a look to see who’s up and down. As usual, we’re only going to be able to cover the main stations but we’ll link to other coverage at the end.

If you want to skip the JNLR stuff, just click here or scroll down manually

Let’s start with Radio 1

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  • Morning Ireland now has a huge 459,000 listeners each morning which is an increase of 9,000. While this is still good news, it’s worth noting that in Decembers numbers we did see a drop from 491,000 down to 450,000. They’re not there yet, but this might be the beginning of a recovery from the pandemic losses.
  • Same story with Tubridy. He’s up 7,000 listeners to 366,000, but he also suffered a big fall in the December book. Ryan went from 381,000 down to 359,000 in December, so while it’s an increase, recovery is still ongoing.
  • 346,000 listeners tune in to Today with Claire Byrne on weekdays (+6,000) it seems the gains on radio 1 are quite consistent with changes of a few thousand on each show
  • Poor joe can’t get a break though. He’s still losing listeners. Liveline now has 343,000 this is down 3,000 from December.This really ain’t good when you consider joes losses in the last book, down from 404,000. When you put the last 2 books together, Liveline is down a huge 61,000

In general not a bad set of numbers for radio 1, but they still have a lot of listeners to gain back after Decembers big losses.

The story is much the same at 2FM

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2FM didn’t have a great time back in December but things look to be recovering

  • 2FM breakfast will be happy to know they didn’t fall under 100,000. Instead they gained 8,000 listeners, taking them from 103,000 to 111,000. The show is still down from the 126,000 that it had previously, but any gain is a good gain I suppose.
  • Jennifer Zamparelli has 141,000 listeners which is an extra 1,000. Another 11,000 would eliminate the losses from December so that’s reasonably possible in future books. 2FM has been advertised heavily on television recently so we’ll need to wait and see if this has much impact in the next few months.
  • Tracy Clifford now has 129,000 listeners which is also an increase of 1,000. Tracy lost just 2,000 in December so she’s still in a good position if the recovery continues.

With the extensive TV advertising, and the 2 Johnnies on the way. 2FM will be interesting to watch over the next while.

Today FM continue to perform well

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Basically all shows on Today FM’s weekday schedule are up, and because they also had a good run in December they’re not facing the same recovery struggle as RTÉ.

  • Ian Dempsey now has a listenership of 184,000 which is an increase of 6,000 from December. He lost 1,000 back in the last book so he’s gained 5,000 over the last 2 reports.
  • Dermot & Dave are also up. They’ve gained 3,000 listeners and now have 208,000 listeners
  • Matt Cooper is also doing fine in drive time bringing in an extra 3,000 listeners for a total of 173,000

Most of the other shows on Today FM are changing so we’ll need to wait and see how they perform going forward.

What’s the news with Newstalk?

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Basically everything’s going grand. Newstalk hasn’t had any huge gains or losses, but in general they’re still gaining a few listeners around the schedule.

  • Newstalk Breakfast gained 1,000 listeners since December and now has 138,000 tuning in.
  • Pat Kenny also gained 1,000 and his total is now 184,000.
  • Lunchtime Live with Andrea Gilligan has 114,000 Listeners, that’s a gain of 2,000. Why gain 1,000 when you can gain 2,000?
  • Moncrieff has 77,000 Listeners, that’s also up 1,000 since December. A real trend emerging here. The show still has a bit of recovering to do though, it suffered a loss of 20,000 in December. If you take in the last 2 books, your still down 19,000
  • The Hard Shoulder with Kieran Cuddihy had a nice increase of 5,000 and now has a total of 151,000 listeners

More JNLR sources

Radio Today

RTÉ

Goss

Waterford live

In other news

the department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media told Radio Land this week that an Irish music quota is not being considered for Irish radio stations. This was part of a deep dive we published on Wednesday asking if there should be a quota in Ireland like those seen in Canada and France.

There are a number of legal and other factors which must be taken into account when considering the feasibility of introducing airplay quotas. The potential benefit to music production in Ireland must be balanced with the rights of broadcasters, subject to their contractual or regulatory obligations, to determine the type of content they wish to broadcast and to ensure commercial revenue particularly in the context of the current media climate. Importantly, the introduction of airplay quotas would need to be consistent with EU law. A quota for music produced in a particular Member State would be considered to restrict free movement of services by placing music produced in other Member States at a disadvantage. Given the legal challenges arising, the Government is not currently considering airplay quotas based on production location.

the department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

This was a really interesting topic to look at and we hope to be able to do more deep dive stories like that going forward.

Read our full article on music quota’s here

Finally this week, Radiocentre Ireland has become a founding member of the World Radio Alliance. The new organisation will aim to promote radio’s marketing power, and hopefully increase revenue in the industry.

Read all the details here

Quick Bits

Presenter Emmet Dunlea is joining 96FM to host Club96 , best of luck Emmet from us at Radio Land

We got a behind the scenes Instagram video from Newstalk’s Sarah Madden this week showing us what it’s like to work as a researcher

2FM had a €10,000 Clock Blocker winner

96FM announced a new cash Cow competition

The new 2FM show with the 2 Johnnies is up for sponsorship. 6 months costs €90,000 with a year costing €160,000

You can also sponsor The Greene Room On 2FM which is obviously cheaper as it’s late night. 2 months is €18,000, 6 months will set you back €35,000 and the year costs a very reasonable €60,000

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.

This Week In Radio 1/1/2022

Because we took a break last week, here’s a summary of stories from the time we were away📻

Here’s what happened

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RedFM’s Izzy Showbizzy announced in an Instagram post that she’s stepping down from her evening slot on the station. Izzy will remain with RedFM as a presenter on the weekend schedule but she’s exploring other media opportunities now as well.

It was such a hard decision to make but my work life, like the rest of us, has changed ALOT in the past year which has opened up new opportunities in all medias, all of which I will be pursuing. I’ll also be joining The ECHO team and getting involved with my fitness career. So basically, what I’m trying to say is (if you’re still with me is) that I’m trying to do it ALL!! 😂😂and why not?

Izzy’s’post on Instagram (@izzy_showbizzy)

Very best of luck to Izzy for the future from us here at Radio Land.

Check out the Instagram post here

RTE made a few radio announcements this week so here’s a handy list of what’s happening over the next while. More detail on all this can be found in a press release linked below.

  • Joe Duffy has got a new number. Like many stations LiveLine is switching to a 0818 number. the new number to talk to Joe is 0818 715 815
  • A six part health and well-being series hosted by Anna Geary on RTÉ Radio 1 starts January 9th. The new show is called supercharged.
  • 2FM rising is back for 2022, a new set of artist’s will take part in the project from the 17th of January.
  • The RTÉ Choice music prize is also making a return in 2022

Lot’s of other stuff was announced as well across TV, Radio and player so feel free to check out the press release linked below.

Check it out here

Finally this week, 2FM is giving away a holiday to Zante in Greece. The competition is taking place on Instagram in association with TUI.

It’s been interesting to see the rise of competitions on social media in 2021 and we can only hope this helps bring in some extra cash for stations in 2022.

Check out the Instagram post here

Quick Bits

All wireless Group stations are giving away €1000 on Instagram. I can’t tell if it’s one prize or a prize for each station, but here are the links to the posts anyway. Live95 C103 Q102 FM104 96FM

Doireann Garrihy has described the latest JNLR figures for 2FM breakfast as a kick up the arse

Marty Morrissey paid tribute to his mother on Radio 1 this morning following her death in a car accident 3 weeks ago

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.

The Big Radio Land Review Of The Year

It’s nearly 2022. How did that happen so fast? It feels like 2021 went like a rocket but Believe it or not, a lot of radio stuff happened this year.

In this post we’ll take a look back at the biggest radio stories from each month of the year and reflect on what a crazy time it’s been for our little industry.

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Let’s begin with January, anyone fancy a bit of networking?

A new year and a new networked show, 96FM and Live95 began networking there evening show back in January. When reporting on the story at the time all we had was a job listing but Shane bucks quickly brought the networked show to reality,

Read that story here

It’s February, or should I say Februar, that’s February in German

It feels like forever ago but bauers deal to buy Communicorp was done in February this year. This is still an ongoing story as we will likely see more changes in 2022, but it all began back in February of this year.

Read that story here

The third month was March, you know by swapping around those letters you can make the word charm?

Classic hits and Nova announced in March that they would be swapping breakfast shows. Classic hits listeners universally didn’t approve of this and things went quiet for a while, but the swap took effect in April and has remained since.

Read the story here

In April it was decided that Dublin no longer talks

The 98FM show Dublin Talks was replaced with a music show this month. the shows presenter’s Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon have since moved on to new projects. We’ll still need to wait and see if Bauer make more of these decisions in 2022, but its certainly an interesting one to watch.

Read this story here

We also lost RTÉ on DAB this month. This put an end to legal DAB in Ireland.

You can find that story right here

Nobody was making money in may

Wireless group announced a loss of €7 million in may, with their accounts giving us a few interesting insights. All we can really do is hope that stuff stabilises financially in the next while as it’s a tough time for the industry.

2FM also prepared to launch their new breakfast show back in may, crazy to think it’s been on air for months already.

You can read both those stories here

We’re very very sorry, but it’s june

FM104 apologised in june after making fun of a child in their kids in the car segment. an important reminder to treat others like you’d like to be treated.

That story can be found here

It’s July, and nobodies watching the road!

AA Roadwatch ended traffic reports for radio in July. it’s a shame that such a valuable public service was discontinued as it seems now many more stations are just relying on listeners for traffic updates. Call or text when safe to do so I suppose.

Surely this is an area some insurance company or car manufacturer could help out with? It’s insane that some stations are now without traffic updates, what a world.

Read that story here

RTE gave us some staff pay info back in august

We got some really interesting numbers back in august about staff pay at RTÉ. It’ll be interesting to see if those wages hold in the years to come as budget cuts sadly seem inevitable.

Read that story here

Let’s be happy for one month at least

We had a nice happy radio story back in September, I’m not going to be able to do it justice here so I’ll just direct you to our post about it at the time.

Here’s a happy radio story

It was a month of awards and rebrands in October

We started October with another online IMRO Awards. Lots of stations and presenters got recognised so you can see all the details on that with the link below.

All your IMRO info is right here

October also saw the announcement that Choose Radio was to become Radiocentre. We have yet to see any big news from Radiocentre since rebranding so this is certainly worth keeping an eye on in the new year.

We learn all about Radiocentre here

It was made clear how tough it’s been for stations in November

In November, The Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media was told by John Purcell just how hard the pandemic has been on radio stations.

He said among other things that some stations were at times just a week away from shutting down. A scary thought considering how important radio is to people during the pandemic.

This really shows just how important funding from the likes of sound and vision can be in keeping stations on air.

You can read all about it and watch it here

Finally came December, the month of Christmas, but more importantly JNLR numbers

It took a while but they finally came. We got new JNLR numbers in December after a long pandemic induced break. it wasn’t a great time for RTÉ but in general most stations seemed happy.

I’ll personally be really interested to see how networked shows perform in 2022 as well as seeing if 2FM make any changes following their drop in listeners. So much to look forward to.

Get all your JNLR details here

What a year it’s been

Thank you so much for checking out Radio Land in 2021. Radio is always changing and we hope to continue informing you in the new year.

We would really appreciate if you gave us a follow on Twitter or a like on Facebook. This really helps us out a lot and helps you stay up to date with the radio industry.

We’ll be back with a regular post tomorrow so we hope you’ll join us then for another year in radio📻

This Week In Radio 11/12/2021 (with loads of JNLR numbers)

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

We got a new set of JNLR figure’s this week and there were some interesting stats hidden among all the numbers.

unfortunately, stations haven’t generally made raw data available so there’s a lot of different sources getting used. For each stat below, the corresponding source is provided. Feel free to go through all the sources in order to get a bigger picture.

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  • It wasn’t a great day for the team at 2FM Breakfast. According to Goss, 2FM breakfast has dropped from 126,000 listeners to 103,000. This puts them close to dipping below 100,000. There have been a lot of recent changes to this show but if this trend doesn’t reverse more changes may need to be considered. (Source)
  • While not as big a drop, the same article tells us that the Jennifer Zamparelli Show has also lost listeners. The show has fallen from 152,000 to 140,000. This is a drop of 12,000 compared to the 23,000 lost on breakfast. This suggests that part of the loss is emanating from the weaker breakfast performance. (Source)
  • While Tracy Clifford has also lost listeners, the drop isn’t nearly as severe. Again according to Goss, the show is down from 130,000 to 128,000. A loss of just 2,000. (Source)
  • Defying the odds on weekdays though, fair play to Jenny Greene. her drivetime show has increased from 113,000 to 122,000. An increase of a very respectable 9,000 listeners. (Same source again)

2FM also lost listeners to some weekend shows. The Goss Article has also done a great job at providing those so check them out here

” These are early days for our new Breakfast Show and the chemistry between Doireann, Donncha and Carl is infectious, and we are looking forward to seeing their audience grow over the next few months.”

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ Radio Strategy
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Things might not have been great on 2fm but Radio 1 also had a bad day. Thanks again to Goss for providing way more detail than the RTÉ press release.

  • 491,000 became 450,000 at morning Ireland. While the show is still irelands biggest, that’s a serious drop. (Source)
  • Tubridy lost listeners too with his show dropping from 381,000 to 359,000. (Same Source)
  • Some people must have missed joe telling them to wash there hands as LiveLine lost a huge chunk of listeners. The show is down from 404,000 to 346,000. That’s a drop of 58,000 listeners. (It’s same source again)

You can get more Radio 1 numbers from the Journal here

“This is a consolidation for Radio 1. The book reflects how well the changes we made in the schedule last year have played out, with strong performances for Claire Byrne, Sarah McInerney and Cormac Ó hEadhra, Katie Hannon, Brendan O’Connor and Bryan Dobson on the News at One.”

Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1
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Today FM were happy with there results as they are now Ireland’s 2nd biggest station.

The station also had a good performance at weekend’s which they’ll tell you about on their website here

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As for Newstalk, they did relatively okay even though some shows did have big losses.

  • Newstalk Breakfast had a good year and are now up 17,000 for a total listenership of 137,000 (source)
  • Pat Kenny has had a very nice jump in listeners as he’s now got 183,000. That’s up 28,000 from last year (Source)
  • Lunchtime Live is also seeing gains with an extra 10,000 listeners.That show now has a total of (112,000 listeners (Source)
  • There were big losses as well on the Newstalk schedule though as there are now 20,000 less people tuning into Moncrieff with a total of 76,000 (source)
  • It’s even worse at The Hard Shoulder which has lost 31,000 listeners and now stands at a total of 146,000. Still a respectable number but certainly not ideal (Source)

The station had some nice gains on weekends too and The Journal do a great job covering those. Check them out here

“We are delighted to see Newstalk make significant audience gains in the latest results. It clearly shows there is a demand for talk radio that engages, entertains and provides a clear alternative to RTE Radio 1.”

Newstalk managing editor Patricia Monahan

Outside of individual station performances the interesting stat for me was that 450,000 people listen to radio on a digital device daily. That will be an interesting stat to watch going forward as more people get smart speakers and similar devices. (Source)

Unfortunately, I am just one man and I’m not going to be able to provide info for every single station. I’d love to, but it’s not humanly possible.

What I will do is provide a number of sources for you below that can hopefully help you find what your looking for.

Radio Today

The Journal

Today FM

The Irish Times

Classic Hits

RTE Press Centre

Goss

In other news

Brian O’Donovan has been announced as RTE’s new work and technology corespondent. He will be working across digital, TV and radio when he takes up the new role in February.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a complete reimagining of how we all work and technology has allowed us to make these major transitions. As people navigate their way through the ‘new normal’, I am excited to be taking on the role of Work and Technology Correspondent, a position that will be at the centre of RTÉ’s coverage of our changing world.”

Brian’s statement from RTÉ Press release

Read the story here

Finally this week, Mairead Ronan has finished hosting her Today FM show. In her final links, she spoke about the importance of focusing on what made her happy – her family. Very best of luck to her from us at Radio Land.

Read the story here

Quick Bits

Irish YouTuber totally Not Mark has found himself at the centre of a copyright dispute which threatens the fair dealing defence relied on by many Irish radio stations there have been updates posted here (update: both videos have been made private since publication of this article)

98FM’s dame Stuffy is in the Last Singer Standing Final Tonight on RTÉ One

A Radio Land poll found that 52% of people thought they would listen to more radio as a result of storm Barra

In case your wondering, our sister service Irish Media Beat found that the number was 46% for TV

The 2FM audience voted this week for an award in the Junk Kouture competition

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.

This Week In Radio 30/10/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Broadcaster Louise Mcsharry has announced that she is leaving RTÉ 2FM. She announced the news in a post on social media in which she thanked RTÉ for their support. It’s not yet clear where Louise is going to next but we wish her the very best on her future endeavours.

Read the story here

2FM may be down a presenter but it’s not all bad in Donnybrook as Anna Geary is getting a new show on Radio 1. Anna who has previously hosted on Red FM and Today FM wil present a new health and wellness show on the station from January.

Read the story here

And in some non RTÉ news,Halloween FM has live presenters today and tomorrow. The station returned last week but now live presenters have been added to the mix. You can listen on our listen page if your brave enough👻

Visit the listen page and stop being so scared

Quick Bits

A protest was held outside the home of LiveLine presenter Joe Duffy this week

Phil Cawley has left Today FM

Ed Sheeran took over 2FM for a bit this week

8Radio has returned to FM

UK radio stations are seeing major drops in breakfast show listenership


Finally this week, something slightly different. Here at Radio Land we focus almost exclusively on irelands radio industry, but sometimes it can be interesting to look at trends in other media industries to get ideas for making radio more sustainable.

Google recently announced a deal in which they will pay Irish online news publications to use there content. While the financial terms aren’t being disclosed, google have said that at least some services are earning 7 figures.

This raises the question, should radio stations be negotiating deals with tech companies in a similar way? From smart speaker providers to the likes of Spotify, Irish radio has a lot to offer the tech companies. Could they pay? Tell us what you think on our Instagram.

Vote on our Instagram story

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.