This Week In Radio 15/5/2021

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

Here’s what happened

The deal for Bauer to buy Communicorp has been approved. The deal which is expected to go through on the 31st will bring Bauer to Ireland for the first time giving them control of stations like Today FM and Newstalk.

Read the story on RTÉ

Profits at Joe Duffy’s production company hit €483,000 according to newly filed accounts. Claddaghgreen Ltd is owned by joe who is contracted through the company by RTÉ for hosting liveline and other projects.

Read the story on the Irish Times

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This Week In Radio 6/3/2020

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

Here’s what happened

Rte announced this week that they will end DAB transmission at the end of March. Services like RTE gold and the other digital stations will continue online.

Read the story on Radio Today

There have been new reports that eoghan McDermett is leaving RTE 2FM. He reportedly took unexpected annual leave and has now decided to quit. Nothing certtain yet so we can only wait and see.

Read the stor on Dublin Live

Qradio Presenter Declan Wilson hosted his last afternoon show on the station on Friday before his move to breakfast. Best of luck to him from us at Radio Land

Read the story on Radio Today UK

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What’s happening with Comunicorp?

Most weeks we cover three stories related to the Irish radio industry but this week it’s worth taking a bit of a deeper look at one massive story that will likely impact the industry for years to come.

What happened?

Comunicorp who are the largest independent radio broadcaster in Ireland this week agreed a deal to be acquired by Bauer, a large German media company.

The news was announced on thursday morning and came as a surprise to many in the media industry. We had heard previously that Bauer were targeting Irish advertisers but this still came as a bit of a shock.

Websites like TheJournal described it as a bombshell but after every surprise deal like this come a lot of questions and reactions. I will attempt to put some of this into context but it’s worth noting that we really don’t know a lot at this point.

The impact of this will only begin to be truly realised in the next few weeks, months and years so we can only speculate for now. Let’s try however to answer a few questions and see where it takes us.

What stations does this impact?

Comunicorp owns many stations so it’s impossible to give a massive list but the main stations are

  • Today FM
  • Newstalk
  • Spin 1038 and Spin South West
  • 98FM
  • All the Goloud stations
  • Off the ball

There are other online stations and training stations but those are the main ones.

Is this a done deal?

Not yet. All this needs to be approved by a few regulators who will examine the deal to ensure competition is maintained in the industry.

How much did Comunicorp cost?

We can’t be 100% sure but RTE reports that the deal was worth over €100 million. That’s a lot of money.

This does lead to many hoping for large investments in Irish radio.

What does this mean for the future?

The short answer is we have no idea

There could be Job losses or a massive hiring drive. We really can’t say for now. This will only become clear when Bauer start putting there stamp on Comunicorp.

A few things are predictable however. There will almost definatly be a push for more podcasting and a faster transition to digital in general but after that we can’t really be sure what will happen until it actually happens.

Now we wait

It’s going to be an interesting road ahead so it’s going to be fascinating to wait and see how this goes. But for now all we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

We will continue to post radio news here on Radio Land and other sites like Radio Today do a fantastic job covering stories day to day. So check back next week when we should be back to a bit more normality.

This Week in Radio 14/11/20

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

Here’s what happened

Graham Norton announced this week that he is stepping down from his show on BBC Radio 2. He joined the station back in 2010.

Read story on RTE

96fm in Cork have launched there Christmas stream for 2020. 96Mas plays non stop Christmas music and can be heard on all the usual digital platforms such as Tunein and The 96fm app.

Go to 96FM website

And finally we got a real positive story that shows kindness is still alive and well. Check out the post from Newstalk for yourself as i couldn’t tell the story as well as they do.

See post from

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This week in radio 26/8/2020

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

Here’s what happened

It emerged this week that apple bought Scout FM, a company turning podcasts into radio station like feeds. Apple are showing a lot of interest in radio lately having recently launched new stations.

Read the full story on Bloomberg

Flirt FM in Galway are hosting a 25 hour broadcast marathon on Monday to celebrate 25 years on air. Best of luck to everyone involved.

Read the story on Radio Today

And finally this week producer Helena O’Toole is leaving the Niall Boylan show on classic hits and is moving to produce Newstalk Breakfast. Aisling lynch is taking up Helena’s classic hits role. Best of luck to you both.

Aisling Lynch becomes senior producer at classic hits

Helena moving to Newstalk breakfast.

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