This Week In Radio 30/4/2022

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

Here’s what happened

The leader of the opposition, Mary Lou McDonald, is taking legal action against RTÉ.

A picture of a sign at RTÉ Studios

The Irish Times are reporting details of the case, but we at Radio Land have not been able to verify their information. We don’t have any reason to doubt their reporting, but we want to be very careful as legal proceedings are ongoing.

This story has been well reported, so we’re going to provide links to a number of sources covering the story. The Irish Times has the most detail, but you might find it interesting for example to see how RTÉ are covering the legal action against themselves.

Here are a few of the reports:

The NUJ (National Union Of Journalists) have also commented on the situation. you can read that at the link below.

All we can really do with stories like this is wait and see what happens. Hopefully things can be resolved quickly.

Read the story about the NUJ response here

It’s got a backstory longer than Taylor Vs Serrano at this point, but the drama between south east Radio and Wexford county council has more updates.

Missed our previous coverage?

Instalment One

Instalment Two

Instalment Three

Instalment Four

For a basic recap of everything check out instalment Three.

What’s the latest

The long and short of it is that the head of south East Radio, Eamonn Buttle, has asked for an independent enquiry into the matter. He has also asked for an apology after he feel’s he was defamed by David Minogue, Wexford county council secretary.

The apology request comes as a result of Minogue accusing Buttle of leaking emails to the press. Minogue now excepts this isn’t what happened, resulting in Buttle saying, “I await your apology in this regard.”

So, that’s one side of the story, the other side is the enquiry.

Minogue apparently reiterated his requests for a service level agreement with the station, a request that again received a strong rejection from Buttle.

Following Buttle’s email, Minogue, who is also the ethics registrar, forwarded on buttles complaint to the cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council as well as the council’s chief executive.

After Minogue forwarded the complaint about himself, The cathaoirleach of the council contacted Buttle to inform him that she was considering further action under the terms of the Local Government act 2001.

Buttle then requested the independent enquiry.

The amount of back and forth in this story is insane, but the Irish Times have done a great job once again covering the situation. While I have covered everything, I have had to simplify somewhat, so I’d recommend reading the Irish Times coverage for all the details.

This is a very serious story so it’s one we’ll continue covering as things develop. It’s not the kind of fun radio stuff that I enjoy covering, I’d much rather we were discussing jingle packages honestly, but being aware of this situation is very important.

Read the Story here

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A new social networking platform has launched dedicated to those in the radio industry, or those with an interest in radio.

The Radio Space has been created by Nails Mahoney and Tracey Lee who some of you may know from OnAirCoach. The space is built on the Mighty Network’s platform and is already growing fast.

The reason we started The Radio Space is because, no matter how many Groups people join on Facebook etc, they never fully get to be ‘radio people’ on there. So, we figured – a place only for radio people. Where our terms are understood, our quirks are enjoyed and our knowledge is valued. This is social media for radio people. No one else! Also, with no algorithm, you get to see who and what you want..not what the site hands to you. That’s a big plus. We’re very excited for what this can become and also really thrilled at the amount of people who signed up at the launch. Radio is alive and kicking!!

Nails and Tracey from OnAirCoach/ The Radio Space – speaking to Radio Land

It will be interesting to see how this space grows over time, but I do think the concept has lots of potential.

If you’d like, you can also now follow Radio Land on The Radio Space. We plan to experiment with posting our news posts to the platform over the next few weeks so why not give us a follow?

Very best of luck to the team with this new project, this will be really interesting to watch over the next few months.

Check out The Radio Space here

Quick Bits

Wireless Radio ROI LTD, who run 96FM, FM104 and a number of other Regional stations made a pre tax loss of €4,44 million

RTE won broadcaster of the year at the New York Radio Awards

The new Radiocentre Ireland website has launched

RTE’s Live Dawn Chorus is going to be simulcast with the BBC this weekend

Spin is the official radio partner for Longitude 2022

CSN student Tony Sayers won radio dj of the year at the student media awards

RedFM became EdFM to celebrate Ed Sheeran’s concerts in cork

Jennifer Zamparelli has said she has no problem sharing her sex life on radio

Rebel Prisoner, a new radio documentary airs tomorrow morning on Newstalk

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

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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 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



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 15/01/2022

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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The Online Safety and Media Regulations Bill was published this week so we’ve got some new details about the Media Commission replacing the BAI.

A lot of the coverage around this bill focuses extensively on the online safety side of the story. However, there’s also a lot in here for broadcasters. We’ve reached out to the BAI with a number of questions about the new regulator, but we haven’t heard back yet. We’ll provide more detail as everything becomes clearer. There are a few things we know for sure though

  • The broadcast Levy is being adjusted with the possibility that it’s being eliminated for community broadcasters. It’s currently not clear how community of interest stations will be impacted by this change. Additionally, streaming services will also pay a levy, however it’s unclear if this includes Broadcaster VOD services.
  • The 12 minutes of ads per hour rule is being adjusted. Details on this arnt super clear either but let’s assume there’s no change from the proposed amendment to the broadcasting act from 2019. This would mean that instead of 12 minutes an hour, broadcasters will be able to have 20% of a certain block of time contain ads. Same amount of ads in a day, but you might have 14 minutes of ads in one hour, and 10 in the next. The amount of ads on RTÉ and other services with less ads is unclear.

There really is a lot to this and being quite honest, things aren’t as clear as I would have liked. Everyone seems to be a bit excited by all the online safety stuff, with traditional broadcasters kind of left to read and interpret the whole document ourselves. I will do something much more detailed than this at some point once I can clarify everything. for now, just know that big changes are on the way.

Feel free to read all the detail’s here

Ray Foley is moving back to Today FM after 6 years with Corks Red FM. We still don’t know the details on who’s replacing Ray on RedFM breakfast, but we have got details of a schedule shake up at Today FM.

  • Ian Dempsey is getting an extra hour, 6:00 to 9:00
  • Pamela Joyce is getting her own lunchtime show on the station, 12:00 to 2:00
  • Ray will take over at 2, for 2 and a half hours. His RedFM slot was 3 hours. he’ll be on air from 2:00 until 4:30
  • Paula MacSweeney switches early mornings for evenings as she now broadcasts between 7:00 and 10:00
  • Finally, Fergal D’Arcy is leaving the station

Best of luck to all the movers on Today FM. I’m really looking forward to seeing Red FM’s moves on the cork breakfast market.

Read that story here

Finally this week, the manager of Athlone Community Radio, Irena Djak Cvetkovic, is now in the running for a place on Westmeath County Council. Jamie Moranpreviously held a seat on the council but that became available following his resignation. Irena has previously served as a local councillor in her home country of Serbia but has been living in ireland for the last 20 years.

Read that story here

Quick bits

There have been significant updates in the story regarding Wexford County Councel , all details are here

Ciaran Cunningham was announced as the CEO of Radiocentre Ireland recently, he began work this week

Red FM gave away €200 each hour yesterday to celebrate 20 years on air

Newstalk has a new business editer

Albert Fitzgerald has left his role as managing director of Tindle

Former RTÉ broadcaster Jim Fahy has passed away

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 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


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.