RTE bosses rolled out a new weekday schedule today in a bid to entice more listeners to tune into Radio One.
The schedule due to be aired during September and October includes three brand new programmes, an extended Liveline, a new dedicated music slot, radio dramas and a new factual series.
Ana Leddy, head of RTE Radio One, said: “RTE Radio One is already the most listened to radio station in the country with eight out of the top 10 programmes.
“With this new look schedule, including three brand new programmes, I believe that RTE Radio One will remain at the top, continuing to produce the best radio programmes on air in this country; high quality, creative programmes with top class presenters that will engage, entertain and challenge our listeners.”
In addition to regular programmes including Morning Ireland, Today with Pat Kenny, The Tubridy Show and News at One, the time slot for Joe Duffy’s Liveline is being extended by a quarter of an hour and new programmes including Mooney, Drivetime and The Eleventh Hour will join the weekday schedule.
From September 4, listeners will be offered a new Drivetime package with presenters Mary Wilson, Des Cahill and Dave Fanning. At 5pm Wilson and the Drivetime team, including Fergal Keane and Fergus Sweeney, will be providing coverage of the top stories, court cases and international news.
From 6.30pm Des Cahill will present Drivetime Sport, and from 7pm Dave Fanning will host a music show, with listeners’ requests, and entertainment news and reviews.
Derek Mooney will begin broadcasting a music and magazine style show from Monday to Thursday from 3pm until 5pm. Reporter Brenda Donoghue will be out meeting the public, and the programme will include feedback on live music performances, major competitions and other events. On Friday, regulars from Mooney’s wildlife show previously aired on Saturdays, including Eanna Ni Lamhna, Richard Collins and Terry Flanagan, will join the show.
In May, the station announced it was dropping the afternoon arts show Rattlebag and the Mystery Train music programme for a late-night arts programme.
From October, a new arts programme, The Eleventh Hour, will be broadcast for the first time at 11pm.
It will be presented by Paraic Breathnach, an accomplished actor, writer, director and producer and one of the founders of the street performance group Macnas, the Druid Theatre Company and the Galway Arts Festival.
A regular weekday music slot, Music Collection, will air from 9pm until 10pm.
A new four-part series, Haymaker by Jean Pasley, will run in the Tuesday Play Slot at 8.02pm from September. In October another four-part series, Stand Up, will be aired and in November and December, the station will premiere seven new half-hour dramas.
In the autumn, a new factual history series, Speaking Ill of the Dead with Myles Dungan and a new series of science magazine programme Quantum Leap will be aired, and Paddy O’Gorman will present a four-part series Muslims in Ireland.