This Week In Radio 19/11/2022 (ends and new beginnings)

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

Here’s what happened

Katie Hannon on a white background

RTE have announced Upfront with Katie Hannon, a new Monday night current affairs show to take over Claire Byrne Live’s old slot.

What’s interesting though is that it’s not really just a TV show. Upfront will be a full brand of podcasts, articles, and digital content across social platforms designed to facilitate public discussion.

Katie is giving up her radio hosting duties to take over the new show, so that means we’re getting a new host for Late Debate and Saturday with Katie Hannon.

RTEs deputy foreign editor Colm Ó Mongáin will take over both slots from December. He’s been responsible for some of RTEs podcasts recently, including Brexit Republic and the Pandemic Podcast.

The press release does mention that Katie will still have a roll on radio 1, but they haven’t said much about what that will be yet.

Very best of luck to Katie from us at Radio Land. It’s great seeing RTÉ really taking a digital first approach with this, so I look forward to seeing it all come to fruition in January.

Read the story here

Radio Rí Ra logo

Is it time for radio Rí Rá to go full time on FM?

The station returned to FM for three days this week, but in all the promotional material for the launch they made one thing clear. They want a full time FM licence. is it time they got one?

“We would like to thank the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, and Sport, and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for their support in this development opportunity, and the opportunity to show that the station is ready to take the next step to provide quality shows and content to young people at a national level on a full-time basis.”

Raidió Rí-Rá Chairperson Traic Ó Braonáin

So, are they ready to go full time? And what does that look like? Would they operate as an independent public service broadcaster? Or would they try be a commercial operator?

On a national level it’s just RTÉ and Bauer now, and even if you don’t think we need new stations you’ve got to admit that Rí Rá is doing something nobody else is, and catering for an audience nobody else is serving.

So, should they get a full time licence? Go vote on our insta story now.


Read the story here

Eileen in studio

Finally this week, RTÉ newsreader and former radio continuity announcer Eileen Dunne has retired.

Eileen has had many gigs on radio over the years, presenting the God Slot on RTÉ Radio 1 as well as many music shows on Lyric FM.

In recent years Eileen’s main gig has been the Nine O Clock TV News, but she still continued to read news on Radio 1 and Lyric.

Congratulations to Eileen on a great career and all the very best for the future.

Read the story here

Quick Bits

The boss at Radio 1 says he fears losing Joe Duffy and Ryan Tubridy

The BAI are joining other regulators to collaborate on online media regulation

A review of broadcasting rules is taking place

The winners were announced at the Radio 1 Folk Awards

An article this week tells the story of One Offaly town’s contribution to the birth of radio

GoLoud have launched a Christmas station and hired Santy to host for them

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 12/11/2022 (yo Bauer, why you gotta buy a radio station on the same week as the JNLR’s? That’s too much radio news for one week)

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

Here’s what happened

Red FM logo

The rumours are true! Bauer have agreed a deal to buy Cork’s Red FM.

The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but if everything goes to plan Bauer will then be owners of Red FM, 98FM, Spin 1038, Spin South West, Today FM, and Newstalk.

What does this mean in practice though. There are a number of safe bets, and also lots of things we can have fun speculating about.

Safe bets

  • Red FM will become part of Goloud. Goloud is the app housing all of Bauers audio content, so Red FM will certainly become part of that platform.
  • Cash machine is on its way. The cash machine is a premium rate text to play game that’s aired across Bauers network of stations. It’s almost certain to make its way to Cork if this deal goes through. This may result in cash amounts up for grabs increasing across the network, but we’ll need to wait and see. The Cork market has previously had a similar format called Cash Call, but that hasn’t really been around since the former UTV network became Wireless Group.
  • Red FM sport is about to get the Off The Ball treatment. It will be interesting to see where this leaves brands like The Big Red Bench, It might become part of OTB, it might get sent to the sideline never to be seen again. No matter what though it’s safe to assume Red FM will develope a tighter relationship with OTB.

While obviously all this is speculation, these all seem like relatively obvious things to expect from Bauer in this case.

There are still lots of questions though. Is The Neil Prendeville Show going to face the same treatment as Dublin Talks and just get axed? Will we start seeing networked shows across the station? Could the Red FM brand become an extension of Spin South West? That’s only the start of it. From the Today FM/Newstalk studios in cork to the RedExtra brand, who knows what potentially huge changes might be on the horizon.

No matter what way you look at it, there are some crazy times ahead for a market that really hasn’t changed much in recent years. It’s the biggest change in Cork since KC joined 96FM from Red, and arguably the impact of this Bauer move will be bigger.

What are your thoughts? Is this a good or bad deal? What do you expect to change? Go let us know over on our Instagram story now.

Read the story here


Usually this would be our top story, but it’s just been a crazy week in the radio world. Anyway, New JNLR numbers were released this week, so it’s time to find out who’s going up and down.

As always we don’t have the time to cover all stations, but we’ll include links you can use at the end if you want more details.

Radio 1 Logo

In general this wasn’t a great book for Radio 1. Nothing has changed massively at the station, but it seems they are suffering a loss in listeners that until now was only seen in the afternoons.

  • 451,000 are listening to Morning Ireland, that’s down a huge 22,000 in a single book
  • Tubridy has an audience of 344,000 he’s down from 369,000
  • Claire Byrne now sits at 331,000 listeners, she’s down 19,000
  • The big news here though is Ray darcy’s show continuing it’s massive decline. the show is down 18,000 to 179,000

It’s unclear what’s going wrong here, but clearly there was either an over estimation in the last book or radio 1 has started to drop listeners.

What’s clear though is Ray Darcy is having trouble, and RTÉ have noticed. The head of RTÉ Radio 1 spoke about the show to the Independant.

“We changed the production team on it in the last while. It has one of the best series producers and also one of the best new producers. We got two new superb researchers so what we would be more looking at is the structure of the programme rather than the content. That’s where we think we probably have to go with it.”

head of RTÉ Radio 1 Peter Woods

If this continues for another book some tough decisions will need to be made.

2FM Logo

2FM had more of a mixed bag, rather than dropping huge listeners like Radio 1, shows that you might expect to have seen growth have remained the same.

  • 2FM breakfast is up 1,000 with listenership of 124,000
  • Jennifer Zamparelli has 131,000 listeners, that’s down 7,000
  • It’s the same story for Tracey Clifford, she’s now at 120,000 after also dropping 7,000
  • The 2 Johnnies have had no change this book staying on 122,000

2FM isn’t facing the same disaster that Radio 1 saw this book, but they would probably have been hoping for better. This isn’t really too bad for now as long as it doesn’t become a trend.

Today FM Logo

Basically everyone’s down on today FM except relative newcomer Ray Foley

  • Breakfast is down 2,000 and now has 199,000
  • Dermot & Dave are down 5,000 now slipping beneath 200,000 at 198,000 listeners
  • Pamela Joyce has dropped 4,000 and now sits at 130,000
  • Matt Cooper has lost a scary 10,000 listeners and now has 164,000
  • The big news is Ray though, he’s crushing his slot and is now up 6,000 to 149,000

Fair play Ray, that’s good going

Newstalk logo

Newstalk also had a mixed bag, but nothing too disastrous. Some shows are up, some are down, so everything all kind of evens out.

  • Newstalk Breakfast with Ciara Kelly and Shane Coleman is up 1,000 and now has an audience of 147,000
  • 177,000 tune in for Pat Kenny, that’s down 7,000
  • Lunchtime Live is down 3,000 to 108,000, so not a massive drop, but a drop all the same.
  • Moncrieff now has 90,000, he’s up 3,000.
  • The Hard Shoulder is up 1,000 and sits at 156,000.

Really mixed bags for Bauer stations this time, but it could be worse. It’s not a Radio 1 style catastrophe which is a good thing I guess.


It’s hard to know what to think this time around as it really could have gone better if we’re honest. We can only hope for an improvement in the next book.

Check out the links below for more details.

Radio Today



Eoghan in the 2FM studios before the drama hit

The boss at 2FM has spoken about Eoghan McDermott’s future on the station, as well as a number of recent goings on for station presenters.

Eoghan McDermott left 2FM in February 2021, after aligations were made against him. The person who made those aligations later retracted them in a legal letter, and Eoghan has now began rebuilding his career following the incident.

He has recently returned to naration duties on Love Island Australia, so naturally enough the question came up about a possable return to 2FM. RTÉ 2fm boss Dan Healy spoke about that this week, saying that at least for now the 2FM schedual is locked down.

“His contract ran out with us at that time and the schedule is now locked down. The station is now moving in a certain direction with talent like the 2 Johnnies, the Breakfast Show trio Doireann Garrihy, Donncha O’Callaghan and Carl Mullen alongside Jen Zamparelli and Tracy Clifford. I don’t see this schedule moving. I think we made the right decisions with regards to the talent. We have a really nice, strong daytime schedule,”

RTÉ 2fm boss Dan Healy

It will be interesting to see if another station does take Eoghan on in the next while, but it looks like 2FM is out of the picture at least for now.

Dan also addressed other stuff this week including a challenge finding male presenters, as well as Lottie Ryan being disapointed after not getting the hosting job for Dancing With The Stars.

You can read all that below

Read the story here.

Quick Bits

RTÉ newsreader Kasia Czernik is seeking €300,000 after she received inappropriate texts from a colleague

Production company Turnip + Duck have won the Society Award at the NCBI Vision Awards for their RTEJr Radio podcast Maddie + Triggs. (disclosure, I work for NCBI but had no involvement in any of these projects)

Today FM switched to music for a bit due to a fire alarm activation at the studios

The Christmas FM song contest is back

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 5/11/2022 (sponsorships and fireworks)

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

Here’s what Happened

An RTÉ promotional image promoting the sponsorship opportunity for 7 day sport

It’s the biggest sports sponsorship in Irish radio, and it’s now up for grabs. For the first time in 6 years, RTÉ are looking for a new sponsor for sports update on Radio 1.

The sponsorship has a 12 month rate card value of €1,340,625, so it’s clear that the brand who’s sponsoring the sport will need some cash to get the deal. How much is RTÉ looking for you might ask? Well, here’s how much it all costs.

  • If you want the sponsorship for 3 months, that will set you back a cool €110,000.
  • If you want to go up to 6 months, you’ll need €180,000 in the bank to do so
  • What if you want the whole year though? Every scrum, every tackle, every kick, every punch. That will be costing you a massive €300,000. That’s no small chunk of change.

It’s crazy to think how much money is involved in these deals, but at the same time a deal this large can instantly turn a brand into a household name. For many brands that’s a priceless oppertunity.

It will be interesting to see who takes over as sponsor, but we won’t need to wait long. The current deal ends in January 2023, so we’ll know soon enough.

Read the details here

Aviva insurance logo

While RTÉ is looking for a sponsor, Newstalk is after securing a new 12 month deal for the Pat Kenny Show.

Aviva insurance has come on board as the shows new sponsor, with a 12 month deal brokered by Core. The deal includes in show stings, but it also gives Avviva promotion through Social Media and digital display advertising.

The value of the deal isn’t known, but considering that Pat Kenny has 184,000 listeners according to the most recent JNLR numbers it’s safe to assume this will bring a nice boost forNewstalk.

“It is great to be partnering with such a premium brand as Aviva. It is a natural fit for Newstalk, and The Pat Kenny Show and we are delighted to work with Declan and the Aviva team on delivering strong success with this sponsorship,”

Patricia Monahan, managing editor at Newstalk

Deals like this show that the Irish radio industry is still moving along nicely. Hopefully we see more brands embrace the medium of radio over the next few months.

Read the story here

Cork’s Red FM logo

Finally this week, Corks Red FM created some controversy on social media after posting an uncensored picture of a deceased dog.

The image had been sent to the station by a listener, who says the dog died as a result of being frightened by Fireworks. RedFM posted the picture in a Facebook post along with the story as told by the listener.

The image has since been removed, with just the text from the post remaining.



“Dear Neil, I was listening to that man Con today talking about that Bijon Friese who bolted because of the fireworks.

Well, my 14-year-old collie Misty was terrified last night, so we brought her into the living room. She was jumping from the chairs to try to get out of the window and knocked the TV over. So I decided, reluctantly, to put her out in the back garden with the other dogs who were not afraid of the fireworks, hoping that they would calm her down.

This is how I found her this morning, frightened to death.

“I really wish people would think twice before setting off fireworks, I’m having to bury my poor Misty, after 14 happy years.”

Call: 0818 104 106
Text/WhatsApp: 086 8 104 106

Facebook post from Cork’s Red FM

The responses to this really had 3 categories. One group saw the advantages of the post as it was raising awareness, another were critical of the dog owners actions, and others were critical of Red FM for posting the graphic picture.

Red FM haven’t responded to a request for comment at time of writing.

How do you feel on this issue? Do you think Red FM were right to post the uncensored image to raise awareness? Or was posting it inappropriate? Go vote on our Instagram story now to have your say.

Vote on our story now

Check out Red FM’s Facebook post here

Quick Bits

Dave Fanning has criticised RTÉ for retiring staff at 65, he calls it rediculas

RadioCentre Ireland have published new numbers on revenue in the radio industry

The Crappy Quiz has a new host

The shortlist has been announced for the radio 1 folk awards

Rte radio documentary #JusticeForNoor has been nominated for a rose door award

10 newly qualified journalists have got job placements in the radio industry

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 29/10/2022 (GAA rights and witches)

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

Here’s what happened

GAA logo

The GAA has been a topic of conversation in the radio industry for a few weeks at this point, but this week our story has nothing to do with CRKC.

RTE radio 1 and RnaG will continue to provide coverage of national GAA games, with Today FM and Newstalk providing score updates. 24 IBI stations are keeping their rights, and according to the GAA at least some community stations will still carry gaa games.

The head of communications at the GAA provided a statement to the Clare Echo which discusses community station Scariff Bay Community Radio. It also acknowledges community radio more generaly.

“There is no change to pre-existing arrangements and we acknowledge and welcome the great work many community stations do for our games nationwide,”

Alan Milton, director of communications at the GAA

It’s certainly been an interesting time for GAA broadcast rights, and the drama looks to be continuing on the television side now as ⁨head of Virgin Media Television Paul Farrell⁩ is going after RTÉ.

It’s going to be interesting to see how all this plays out over the next while, but for now at least that’s where we stand.

Read the story here

Red FM logo

Red FM’s wealthy witch has been on the streets of cork over the past 2 weeks as listeners competed to win a share of €10,000 from the cauldron of cash.

The competition saw the return of the fugitive format to cork after many years. The fugitive was a regular on 96FM and C103 back in the day, but Red FM have revived the format as part of their Shocktober promotion.

Each morning on the breakfast show the witching hour was revealed, this was the hour that listeners could go on the hunt. At the start of the witching hour a clue was given to help listeners, with additional hints being posted on social media.

It’s not exactly a new format, but in fairness to Red FM it’s created some great radio. I’ve personally heard people chatting about it on the bus here in Cork over the past while, so it’s been cool to see radio grab people’s attention again in this way.

Hopefully we see more creative promotions like this over the next while in the radio industry. It’s one way radio stations can truly stand out from other forms of media.

See more from the competition on the Red FM Instagram

NAI logo

Finally this week we got some Sound and Vision news.

The BAI have announced Two new rounds of sound and vision, rounds 47 and 48. Round 47 is for independent producers and the BAI have up to €4.9 million to give away. Round 48 is slightly different as it’s only open to community radio and community TV services, This round has €750,000 up for grabs.

Applications for round 47 close at “12 noon sharp on Thursday, 8th December 2022” with round 48 closing at “12 noon on the 13th December 2022”

Details for how to apply can be found at the links below. Best of luck to those applying, it’s great to see support’s like this for good quality broadcasting.

Click here for details on round 48, community radio and community tv services

Click here for details on round 47, for independent production companies

Quick Bits

Transition year students in the south east have completed their media week at Beat 102 103

A radio presenter in the uk died this week while presenting his breakfast show,. May he rest in peace

RTEs States Of Mind Podcast is back

Derek Mooney has received an honorary degree from UCC for contribution to natural history broadcasting

A number of Irish broadcasters and executives attended a party at the British Embassy in Dublin to mark 100 years of the BBC

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 22/10/2022 (money money money)

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

Here’s what happened

Bai Logo

The BAI have awarded €2million to be split between 10 radio and TV projects to support the live music sector.

As always more money has gone to television as a result of its more expensive nature, although there are some big budget radio projects in the mix too. Let’s take a look at what got funding on the radio side.

  • Hot Press and the IBI are teaming up once again for Irish Music Month 2022. the project has been awarded €320,000 from the BAI in this round.
  • Community Radio Youghal are making The Day The Music Died, A Performers Perspective. This 10 part series looks at how the Covid pandemic has impacted the local live music sector. It’s been allocated €5,370 from the Bai.
  • Cultural Resonance on Phoenix FM has received €7,406, from the writing process to performing, this series explores the experience of musicians in Dublin 15.
  • Cuan an Cheoil 3 for RnaG has been allocated funding in this round. It’s the second biggest award for a radio project as it receives €73,000 from the BAI.
  • Ray Cuddihy is producing Mise Sessions for RTÉ Radio 1. The eight part music performance series has received €38,472 from the BAI in this round.

Well done to everyone who received funding in this round. it’s great as always to see quality broadcasting being supported by the BAI.

Read the full list of funding recipients here

Eoghan Mcdrmott

Broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, who was previously the host of 2FM Breakfast as well as Junior Eurovision Eire on TG4 is making a return to broadcasting.

Eoghan had been the subject of aligations, however his accuser has since admitted through her Lawyer that a number of facts were false. She accepted she was above the age of consent when they met, that she falsely claimed McDermott fled the country as a result of the claims and that it was wrong of her to retweet unfounded allegations of sexual assault by third parties.

Eoghan hasn’t gone back to broadcasting much in Ireland since the incident, but now he is making a return to Love Island Australia. Eoghan previously was the narrator of season 1 and 2, but now he’s back for season 4.

It will be interesting to see if this helps Eoghan get his foot back in the door of Irish media. Will the Australians give Irish broadcasters the confidence to bring Eoghan back to breakfast? We’ll need to wait and see.

Read the story here

And finally an update on the drama between CRKC, The IBI, and the GAA.

If you want more context on this situation I’d recomend you have a quick read here, but if you just want a TLDR version… basically the IBI (Independent Broadcasters of Ireland) did a deal with the GAA that Community Radio Kilkenny City were unhappy with. Very unhappy actually. CRKC claimed that they had been told by the GAA that they needed to “curtail their coverage”. This went down like a fader after a curse word, because GAA was a huge part of the output for CRKC. CRKC didn’t go into this, but it’s safe to assume that the loss of GAA would also hit the stations finances as a result of potential lost sponsorships.

So, what’s happened now. Well the IBI responded to Radio Today. here’s what they said. Keep in mind this is responding to the CRKC statement.

“This statement is inaccurate, misleading and misrepresents the situation.

“The fact of an agreement between IBI and GAA regarding the broadcasting of GAA games is nothing new.

“The IBI have had a deal with the GAA concerning the broadcasting of their games by our member stations for almost 14 years and the latest 5-year deal doesn’t entail any significant changes to what was agreed in the original agreement. 

“If an IBI station is not commentating on a match, other bona fide stations appropriately licensed and approved by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland may provide commentary provided it is within the terms of their broadcasting licenses and as long as the GAA allows them to. To suggest a blanket prohibition on non IBI stations is in place is completely disingenuous and untrue.

“Therefore, to suggest that GAA supporters are restricted in their access to radio commentaries as a result of this agreement is simply not true.

“The only people who should be worried about this deal are those who seek to operate outside a rights agreement with the GAA or to contravene its terms which are standard, long standing, and reasonable and have worked well for IBI stations, the GAA and most importantly for GAA fans throughout the country since 2008.”

Kieran McGeary, on behalf of the IBI, speaking with Radio Today

What does this change? It’s hard to know. It would be interesting to see if CRKC respond further, but for now that’s where we stand.

It would be good to see the IBI clarify what the differences actually are in the deal, we know your saying they’re not significant, but it would still be interesting. Outside of that it’s just a case of waiting to see if anyone comments further.

Read the coverage from Radio Today here

Quick Bits

Halloween FM is back, here’s their launch

RTE have announced winners of their short story competition

Philip Boucher Hayes is taking over Countrywide on radio 1

Ireland for Ukraine, a collaboration between irish media companies, is allocating €7million in grants

Des Cahill is stepping away from the sunday Game to move to the weekend sports shows on Radio 1

Things are still all good for live radio

Mairead Ronan left Today FM as she didn’t want to be Miss Rabbit

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.