RTÉ remains dominant player on Irish airwaves

RTÉ radio remains the dominant player on the Irish airwaves, with more than half of all adults tuning into the station every week.

The latest JNLR figures, covering the 12-month period from April 2013 to March of this year, show that over 1.8m adults listen to the station every week — over 400,000 ahead of its nearest competitor.

RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland remains the most popular radio programme in the country, pulling in 444,000 listeners.

There were year-on-year gains for The Marian Finucane Show on Sunday, Saturday Sport, Sunday Sport, and Saturday with Claire Byrne.

The JNLR figures also make for good reading for Newstalk and many of its flagship shows.

Its flagship show, The Pat Kenny Show, has 114,000 daily listeners, an increase of 18,000 listeners compared to January to December of last year.

His rival, Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ, now has a daily listenership of 312,000. However, this is a drop from the JNLR figure of last January of 327,000 listeners.

Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk has 111,000 listeners daily — an increase of 7,000 year on year — with Lunchtime with Jonathan Healy gaining 5,000 listeners in the past year to 70,000.

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey has retained a strong listenership of 189,000 per day — outperforming 2FM’s Breakfast by some 65,000 listeners.

Ray D’Arcy’s mid-morning show, with an audience of some 218,000 continues to outperform Ryan Tubridy’s 2FM show by some 70,000 listeners.

Commenting on the latest figures, managing director of RTÉ Radio Jim Jennings said the results were positive for the station, particularly in light of the changes in the market in the past year.

Newstalk CEO Gerard Whelan also welcomed the results as proof that the station was the fastest growing national radio station.

“It gives a clear indication that the Irish public are moving the dial to Newstalk,” he said. “We are seeing consistent growth throughout our schedule, with particularly strong figures for Breakfast with Ivan and Chris, and The Pat Kenny Show.”

Today FM’s CEO, Peter McPartlin, said the radio market has “had a shake-up” in the last 12 months and he was “delighted” that the station has maintained its position as the number one radio station for the under 45s nationwide.

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