This Week In Radio 7/5/2022

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

Here’s what happened

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A total of €10.5 million in additional funding for the sound and vision scheme has been announced this week. The funding is split into a few categories, and should fund some quality content over the next few months.

For those of you who don’t know about Sound and Vision, it’s an awesome scheme from the BAI allowing independent producers to seek funding to assist them in making content for radio and television. It’s usually funded by 7% of the Licence Fee, but the funding announced this week is in addition to that.

So, here’s the kind of stuff that can get funding over the next while.

  • €5 million is for programming in relation to climate change. I’m really interested to see how radio stations use this potential funding as I’m sure there are some quite creative climate change projects that could work on radio.
  • €2 million is for live music broadcasting productions. Last year we saw initiatives such as Irish music month get BAI funding. Hopefully we might see some collaboration again this time.
  • €2 million has been allocated for Irish language programming. It’s exactly what it says on the tin. An Mhaith
  • Finally there’s €1.5 million for general sound and vision stuff. Always handy to have. (Apparently some of this general funding was used already in round 42, but it’s only been acknowledged this week)

I’m personally delighted with this news. Any additional funding going towards quality broadcasting is a good thing in my book, hopefully this funding can be put to good use delivering great content for viewers and listeners.

The plan is for the BAI to announce details of the sound and vision climate change round in late may, with the Irish language and live music rounds opening during the summer. Keep reading Radio Land as we’ll include the details when they’re announced.

Read all the details here

A new report from learning waves has found that independent stations played an important role in debunking misinformation during the pandemic.

According to the report, almost 100% of stations surveyed said they made it their responsibility to combat the spread of misinformation and educate the public by sourcing credible and qualified contributors and challenging contrary views. It’s interesting to see them use the word almost here as that would indicate to me that one station didn’t indicate this, I’d love to know what station, but ultimately that’s just me being nosy.

The report also highlights other important stuff, such as the financial hit to radio stations during the pandemic, as well as the impact that it has had on those working in the sector.

Do you think the radio industry did enough to debunk misinformation throughout the pandemic? Or could we have done better? You can let us know in our Twitter Poll.

Read the story from Radio Today

Check out the report here

Just so you know, our final story this week is subject to some reporting restrictions. While we often desire to know every detail of a story, sometimes it’s fairest for some information, in this case the names of the accused, to remain private.

With that said, here’s what we know.

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, who is most well known for her work on a number of RTÉ TV shows, has alleged she was sexually harassed and victimised while working for the broadcaster.

She has lodged a discrimination complaint under the Employment Equality Act, and the matter is now before the workplace relations commission.

Mairéad McKenna BL, who was representing RTÉ at a preliminary hearing said, “We absolutely deny all allegations against RTÉ,”

For more detail’s on the proceedings, I’d recommend you check out the linked article from the Irish Times. That provides a bit more information about the situation.

Read the story here

Quick Bits

Alan Tyler is RTEs new Group Head of Entertainment and music

Radiocentre ireland had its first big event this week

96FM are looking for responses on their music pannel

Muireann O’Connell has said Losing her Today FM gig was the best thing that ever happened

Here’s an article about the Donegal man who won silver for a podcast production at the New York Radio Awards

Kathryn Thomas has a head cold, and she’s filling in for Ray Darcy next week

KCLR turned 18

New stations

We don’t normally cover community radio, but it’s worth knowing that the BAI are looking for applicants for two new community radio licences.

The BAI are looking to grant a License for a community radio station in Athlone

And one in South Dublin

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 19/3/2022

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

Here’s What Happened

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KCLR have launched a Ukrainian information service. The new service aims to provide support and info to those who have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

The service is being led by Tetiana Kuschyk, who herself arrived in Ireland only recently. Tetiana has previously worked as an interpreter and has qualifications in linguistics, so she’s more than qualified for her new role.

It’s been great to see the media trying to help out with this situation, little things like TheJournal.ie posting information in Ukrainian or the fundraising carried out by so many stations has been great to see.

The team over at Radio Today cover this story in detail so check out their coverage below. Very best of luck Tetiana, welcome to the Irish radio industry.

Read the story here

IRadio launched a new dedicated Irish music stream, following the lead of some other stations such as Today FM.

The ILove Irish station launched just before Paddy’s Day and will have music from loads of Irish artists. it’s available using smart speakers and the IRadio App.

I’d love to know the listenership of services like this as it seems trendy to launch streams of specific genres or decades. it’s obviously good that more Irish Music is getting played, but I think increased airplay for Irish artists on the main stations is also needed in some cases.

Read this story here

Finally this week, Ireland has a new hub for fact checking information. While this isn’t a radio specific story, I think it’s important to be aware of it as disinformation and misinformation are issues on all media platforms.

The new service, known as the EDMO Ireland Hub will be based at DCU, and brings together experienced fact checkers, social media experts and various academics in an attempt to try reduce misinformation and disinformation in Ireland.

We’ve been lucky that radio hasn’t been hit too hard with misinformation, but hopefully this new service will benefit all media outlets going forward. Even though radio hasn’t been hit too hard, I can think of examples of misinformation making it’s way onto the airwaves so this is certainly important.

Read the details here

Quick Bits

Honestly, with it only being a half week, there wasn’t that much interesting stuff happening. Everyone played a few Irish tunes on St Patrick’s Day, not much happened that’s worth chatting about outside of that.

So, only 2 stories in quick bits this week. Hopefully next weeks a bit more interesting. If you have a story to share at any time be sure to email news@radioland.org as we’d love to hear from you.

Cillian Doyle is taking over the Beat Takeover

Christmas FM are supporting the Sound Of Ireland

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.

Committee meeting on The Challenges Facing the Broadcasting Sector as a Result of COVID-19

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The Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media yesterday heard from John Purcell who spoke about the difficulties facing broadcasting as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

You can watch the proceedings below or if you don’t have 90 minutes to burn you can read this summary from the team over at The Journal.

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We’ll have your radio news roundup as usual here on Saturday so check back then for all the latest.

John Purcell tells us about Radiocentre Ireland, here’s everything you need to know

A new partnership between the IBI and RTÉ was announced yesterday. Radiocentre Ireland aims to promote advertising within the radio industry.

We spoke to John Percell who is chair of the new board. He told us everything we need to know.

Firstly, what exactly is the aim of Radiocentre?

To promote radio as a medium; maximise the commercial appeal of the Irish radio and audio sector by promoting excellence and seeking to grow understanding of the value radio provides to commercial and agency partners and marketeers.

How did the collaboration between RTÉ and the IBI come about?

The collaboration came about following discussions about ways of building on the success of Choose Radio where IBI had worked successfully with RTE on a number of research projects, case studies and events to promote radio. Both IBI and RTE wanted to move the initiative to another level so we have agreed a multi-annual budget and are in the process of recruiting a Chief Executive to lead and develop the organisation and fulfil our aims

The IBI has had the Choose Radio Campaign for quite a while now. Will the activities of Radiocentre be replacing This campaign or will the two coexist?

Choose Radio ceases and the promotion of radio by IBI and RTE together will now take place under the Irish Radiocentre umbrella.

Will Radiocentre be focusing on advertising specifically or will you be looking at a variety of funding options? (Sound and vision funding, partnerships with streaming services ETC)

Radiocentre Ireland will not focus exclusively on advertising – other commercial options including sponsorship; promotions and broad commercial partnerships involving radio will also be involved. Radiocentre is a promotional and research organisation aimed towards the promotion of the commercial profile and effectiveness of radio. It is not envisaged that Radiocentre will be engaging in commercial partnerships in its own right. That is the business of individual stations and broadcasting organisations.

how can people keep up with Radiocentre? Will there be social media accounts and websites for people to check out?

We have registered the website http://www.radiocentreireland.ie At the moment the site just contains information and application details for the position of Chief Executive Officer for which we are currently recruiting. More information as well as social media presence will follow in due course.


We’ll share details of Radiocentre’s social media when it’s available. While you wait, why not follow Radio Land on Twitter and Instagram? We’ll keep you up to date with all the latest industry news.

This Week In Radio 12/12/2020

Lots happens in the radio industry each weak so hears a summery of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

Drive time Time Checks on RTE Radio 1 are available for sponsorship. It’s the perfect way for a brand to get there message across. Pricing can be found at the below link.

Get details here!

Shannon Redmond started a new show on KCLR last week. Best of luck From us here at Radio Land. As a Redmond myself I’m sure you will do all the Redmond’s in Ireland Proud.😃

Listen to KCLR here

And finally this week it seems Dublin City FM has more listeners than ever. Kantar released figures this week showing gains of 52% for the station. Well done to all involved.

Read full details on Radio Today

And that is the summery for this weak. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻