Tubridy leads the way as listeners tune out from high-profile presenters

Listeners to a number of the country’s top radio stars have been turning off in their thousands, according to the latest Joint National Listenership Report (JNLR) published yesterday.

In both RTÉ and Today FM it was mainly the most high-profile presenters who endured the biggest slumps in their audiences when compared to a year ago.

At RTÉ 2fm, Ryan Tubridy suffered one of the most significant losses. His listenership dropped by 16,000 compared to last year, to 159,000. However, it must be pointed out that the figure held steady from last April, when the last set of JNLR figures were released.

Year-on-year, Marian Finucane experienced a 12,000 drop to 372,000 for her Saturday show and for her Sunday show the drop was 13,000 to 328,000.

However, it must be qualified that she actually saw a significant leap in yesterday’s figures compared to the 358,000 (Saturday) and 291,000 (Sunday) she had in April.

The big winners at RTÉ were two of its flagship daytime news shows. Morning Ireland saw its year-on-year listenership increase by 6,000 to 450,000 and News at One attracted 8,000 more listeners, bringing its total to 365,000.

The news was not so good for Drivetime which experienced a 12,000 drop to 247,000.

At Today FM, two of its main presenters, Ian Dempsey and Ray D’Arcy, saw slumps in listenership compared to last year. Ian Dempsey’s total dropped by 21,000 to 168,000 and Ray D’Arcy’s fell by 20,000 to 235,000.

Matt Cooper also experienced a significant loss of listeners, his total falling by 23,000 to 151,000.

Meanwhile, Newstalk radio enjoyed a relatively successful outcome compared to the bigger stations.

The audience for The Right Hook with George Hook increased by 4,000 year-on-year to 134,000. Moncrieff with Sean Moncrieff increased 19,000 year-on-year to 112,000 and Lunchtime with Jonathan Healy increased by 4,000 to 68,000.

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