This Week In Radio 16/4/2022

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

Here’s what happened

RTE Logo on a sign at RTÉ Studios

MEPs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly are taking legal action against RTÉ. As of now, it’s unclear what the case relates to and it’s unclear how RTÉ will respond.

The two MEP’s have taken seperate actions, but are both being represented by Dore & Co solicitors. Interestingly, Robert Dore has been involved in a legal dispute with RTÉ previously. Robert represented Fr Kevin Reynolds in his case against RTÉ a number of years ago, this case resulted in RTÉ apologising.

The MEP’s have been in the news in Ireland and abroad recently, mainly as a result of there opposition to the EU sending arms to Ukraine.

We’re just going to need to wait and see how this story unfolds over the next while.

Read the story from The Journal here

A new breakfast show has launched at Midlands 103, with Peter Dunne replacing Ann Marie Kelly in the slot. Ann Marie had been hosting breakfast for 10 years, and will now be hosting a late night show on Fridays.

I must admit, while I have heard many breakfast shows from both Ireland and abroad in my time, I’ve never heard the breakfast show on Midland’s 103. I actually haven’t heard much of the station at all over the years so it might be time to give them a listen.

It’s important when working in radio to listen to stuff all over the place, this can give you new interesting ideas on how you can improve your own radio work. So,, this week I’ll have a listen to the new midlands 103 breakfast show, and I’ll share my findings over on the Radio Land Twitter.

Very best of luck to Peter from us here at Radio Land, I look forward to hearing the show during the week.

Read the story here

Finally this week, we got an update on the dispute between Wexford county council and South East Radio. If your out of the loop on this one, have a read of last week’s Radio Land as that has all the details.

The update this week is that the Wexford County Council Secretary has apologised for the email he sent to South East Radio.

In short, he apologised to the councillors for worsening the relationship between the council and the station.

“I wish to apologise to the Elected Members and to my colleagues at Wexford County Council for the manner in which my well-intentioned efforts to rebuild a strong working relationship between the Council and South East Radio have given rise to public controversy. It would appear this is exactly what has happened in relation to my email of 25thMarch 2022 to South East Radio. My email and its contents were designed to improve the working relationship between Wexford County Council and South East Radio, not to damage it further as I appear inadvertently to have done.”

Statement from council secretary David Minogue

As with our coverage of this last week, I’d highly recommend reading the Irish Times article on this. They have done a fantastic job covering the story so well done to them.

As I said last week, I hope this can be resolved. A relationship between media and the council can benefit both sides, but any control over content can’t work.

Read the story here

Quick Bits

RTE News has announced John Kilraine as the new London correspondent

Shaun Doherty of Highland Radio has announced he’s training to become a priest

Sunday With Miriam is up for sponsorship. It’s €45,000 for 6 months or €75,000 for a year

Two new presenters have joined Clare FM

A new round of Sound And Vision has opened

Folk On One is a new Folk music show launching tonight on Radio One

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 9/4/2022

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

Here’s what Happened

Corks Red FM Logo

The BAI have upheld in part a complaint against the Neil Prendeville show. The complaint, which was made by Louise Harrington on behalf of Cork Traveller Women’s Network alleged that an interview with cork City counsellor Ken O’Flynn had contained a number of inaccuracies. The complaint further alleged that the interview was not conducted in an Objective or impartial manner.

The complainant felt that not only did the views of the guest not get challenged, but that they were reinforced by a number of comments made by the presenter.

  • “I give up! I give up!”
  • “Ah, come here, are we mugs or what, like?”
  • “This is intolerable”
  • “Ok, I think people have a much clearer opinion now and a much clearer idea as to what is going on and also, we’ve corrected some of the numbers. Ken, thank you so much”

All this was sparked by a report from the ombudsman For Children’s Office, and focused on the resedents of the Spring Lane halting site

You can read the full details of the BAI’s findings at the link below, but here are the main bits.

The BAI found that the presenter didn’t sufficiently challenge Ken’s views, and the broadcast didn’t reflect the views of those who contacted the show but didn’t want to go on air

“The bai felt these allegations and the manner in which they were treated in the broadcast presented stereotypical views about Travellers and showed no respect for the people who live in the Spring Lane halting site. They said the broadcast contained an inappropriate and unjustifiable representation of the residents of Spring Lane halting site and of Travellers generally and that the content amounted to a stigmatisation of Travellers,

There’s more stuff too but I’d recommend having a look at the BAI’s findings for more info.

It’s hard to know what to say about stories like this, but we can only hope that lesson’s are learned here and that this doesn’t happen again. It sounds simple, but just showing people a bit more respect could have avoided this issue.

Read the BAI’s complaints decisions here

Now it’s time to go back in time!!!

You might remember us previously covering the story about the chief executive of Wexford county council threatening to pull advertising from South East Radio. It led to a standards in public office investigation which criticised the chief executive, but eventually the counsel voted not to take any action on the report.

The last we heard of this story was the county manager getting a standing ovation over the incident. If you’ve missed our coverage of this you can check it out here.

Now though, back to the present.

South East Radio Logo

It’s all happened again. This time the county secretary has asked south east radio to agree that presenters can’t share there views on air in exchange for advertising amounting to between €40,000 and €50,000

They also requested that the station keep all its audio for 2 years so that any dispute can be easily resolved.

The managing director of south east radio, Eamonn Buttle, has reminded the station of the recent investigation findings as well as pointing out that the BAI is the regulator of radio stations, and that the councel can’t become a “quasi-regulator” in exchange for advertising revenue.

The Irish Times have done some fantastic coverage of this situation which I’d really recommend you read at the link below.

This is a very messy situation unfortunately. But hopefully both parties can sort this out. For a local station like south east Radio council ads are essential, but any closer relationship is dangerous.

Read the article here

Finally this week, a number of Irish media organisations have come together to launch the Ireland For Ukraine fundraising effort. Those from the world of digital,tv, radio and print have all come on board to support the project with RTÉ and IBI involved from the radio side.

50% of the money raised will be split between a number of international aid agencies including Irish Red Cross, UNICEF Ireland, Concern Worldwide and Trócaire while the other 50% will be made available as grants to organisations supporting Ukrainians here in Ireland.

It’s fantastic to see collaboration in the media industry and especially when it’s for such a good cause. well done to everyone involved from us at Radio Land.

Check out the project here

Quick Bits

Red FM gave away a €15,000 wedding prize this week in their first dance competition

RTE News has been awarded a global journalism trust mark

BBC Radio Ulster’s the Nolan Show is causing controversy

Radiocentre Ireland are holding a launch event in the Aviva stadium

Rick O’Shea is taking a short break from RTÉ Gold. He will be back after Easter

The home of a Radio Éireann producer has gone on the market,

Will you shift my friend? Is a new podcast from Spin 1038’s Graham And Nathan

A number of Ukrainian women have started training at Radio Kerry

Clair Byrne was back broadcasting from her shed thanks to Covid

Cork City Community Radio received an interesting request this week

Mairead Ronan says she thinks a time will come when she regrets leaving radio

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 2/4/2022

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

Here’s What Happened

RnaG logo

50 years ago today, Raidió na Gaeltachta went on air. That’s an amazing achievement.

Generally I don’t cover birthdays, but there’s something different about 50 years, and there’s something different about Raidió na Gaeltachta. Even 50 years on, there really is no station quite like it, sure Raidió Rí-Rá is in a somewhat similar space, but RnaG has that scale.

It might not be the most listened to station but the service it has provided over the years must be acknowledged . A birthday concert takes place tonight at 7:00 and you will be able to hear that on the station, or you can watch on RTÉ.ie/gaeilge. There’s loads of content on that website so check it out if your interested.

Lá breithe shona do Raidió na Gaeltachta agus 50 bliain eile rompu

Listen to the station here

Radiocentre Ireland have published their first big report, and it’s given us some interesting insights. All the information is based on a survey of 1,000 adults conducted in February by Amárach Research on behalf of Radiocentre

There’s loads of interesting bits in this and the Irish times have loads of data if your interested, but here’s just some of the interesting numbers that we got.

  • 27% of people say they listen to more news since the pandemic kicked off, with 20% listening to more talk shows.
  • More than half of adults now listen to podcasts, with 76% of those between 18 and 34 saying they listen to podcasts. I wish Radiocentre tried to get a breakdown of Irish produced podcasts vs international productions. But maybe that will come in future research.
  • Almost half of those working remotely say they use radio as a source of companionship.

Overall, this is interesting research but I want to see the raw data. Like how many people over 50 are listening to podcasts? I don’t know. I think this is great info but if it’s going to just be given to radio stations it’s going to be cherry picked in the same ways as JNLR.

Check out the Irish Times article here

Finally this week, the Beat Breakfast team have launched a new after show podcast. The Afters is a best bits podcast in many ways but there are extra bits too.

This is something we’ve seen before, PJ and Jim did have an after show podcast when they were on Classic Hits and they now have GloryDaze which is basically the same thing but on Radio Nova.

It’s hard to predict how successful these podcasts will be, but the GloryDaze podcast does have 69 ratings on Apple Podcast so it at least has some listeners tuning in. it’s also rated very well which is a good sign.

We’ll need to wait and see if these podcasts take off, and perhaps more importantly if they can bring in extra revenue.

Check out the podcast from Beat here

Quick Bits

Stephen Byrne is leaving RTÉ 2FM

Ciara Kelly and Shane Coleman of Newstalk Breakfast fame are releasing a single

Ireland got loads of nominations in the New York Radio Awards

A number of walks are taking place across Ireland today in solidarity with broadcaster Charlie Bird

In a word… Radio, from the Irish Times

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 26/03/2022

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

Here’s What Happened

The BAI had some money to spend in the latest round of sound and vision. A total of €6.4 million in funding was announced for a number of TV and radio projects.

We didn’t see anything of the scale of Irish music month this time unfortunately, but there are certainly a few notable projects.

Here are just a few of the interesting radio projects getting funding in this round.

  • Waiting For Faro is a drama for Newstalk focusing on budget air travel. It’s a one part 80 minute production and it’s been allocated €9,987, only €13 off 10k. The drama is being made by Purple Design Limited.
  • RTE gold is getting a number of new shows such as the Live Vault allocated €15,286, and For The Record allocated €20,441.
  • Push Button B is a 2 part documentary for Ocean FM. The doc will take a nostalgic look at Irish phone boxes. This production was allocated €8,840 and is being produced internally by Ocean FM

The sound and vision scheme really is a fantastic scheme for smaller producers, and it’s great to get a little glimpse of the future every few months as we look forward to some great public service TV and radio projects.

I’m really interested to see how this scheme will work under the new media commission. I hope it doesn’t change radically but it will be interesting to see what happens.

Check out what got funding here

RTE Gold Logo

This one might not be considered news by many, but I find this really interesting and I personally think this could have a massive impact.

RTE Gold had a sponsor for the paddy’s day weekend. The station, which never usually has advertising was proudly shouting about Harvey Norman while counting down the top 200 Irish tracks of all time.

Personally, I think this is fantastic. RTE finally felt Gold had a high enough listenership to justify a sponsor. This adds serious legitimacy to RTEs internet radio game and simultaneously could allow brands to play around with media sponsorships without spending a fortune.

I say could as I can’t unfortunately confirm if this is a stand alone sponsorship. Harvey Norman also sponsored 2FM for the Weekend, so I don’t know if the two deals were bundled together. I did ask RTE’s press team but unfortunately I haven’t yet received a response.

Regardless, this is still good on so many level’s, it lowers the bar of entry to media sponsorship, adds legitimacy to RTE’s internet radio game as well as internet radio more generally, and in this case it’s helping bring in extra cash for a public service broadcaster who needs it.

Hopefully we see more of this going forward as I think this is a really great first step for the industry. We are going to need to transition into digital services over the next few years, so seeing RTÉ have their fingers in that pie in a commercial capacity already is great as far as I’m concerned.

How the spot sounded

You can hear RTÉ gold as well as loads of other stations on our listen page

Finally this week a sad but important story. The Man Ezeke, who according to PJ Coogan was Irelands first black radio presenter, has passed away. Ezeke hosted shows on many stations in Ireland, both pirate and licensed , including ERI, 96FM and Iradio.

I’m only 21 so I don’t have any memories of listening to Ezeke’s shows personally, but I think it’s important to acknowledge not just a great radio presenter, but also someone who knocked down barriers.

Many people from across the industry have paid tribute to Ezeke this week, a number of which can be read and heard at the links below. May he rest in peace.

From the Irish Examiner

From 96FM

Quick Bits

RTE reported an author’s death that hadn’t actually happened this week, with Tubridy forced to issue a correction. Fantastic Article on this one exploring hoax deaths

A tender for the Provision of Media Monitoring and Alerts Services to the BAI has been posted on the EU procurement platform

A look back at Raidió na Gaeltachta from the Irish Times

RTE’s short story contest is back for another year

The future of media commission report was back in the news this week, but it still isn’t published

RTE are on high alert for a cyber attack after suspicious SD cards were sent to the regional offices

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

Kclr’s light blue logo

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.