It’s that time of the year again! #JNLR


Today’s JNLR report detailed the figures for the third quarter of 2015. The report, which covers the 12-month period from October 2014 to September 2015, suggests that a whopping 3 million Irish people tune in to the radio every day. That’s a sum total of 83% of the population.

A further breakdown of that figure reveals that more people listen to their local or regional radio stations than they do their national counterparts.

RTE’s Marian Finucane leads the weekend schedule with 396,000, an increase of 23,000 listeners on Saturdays. Ryan Tubridy’s move to RTE Radio1 has certainly paid off with his show pulling in 307,000 listeners.

Newstalk are now reaching 402,000 listeners and 707,000 weekly, with three of its flagship programmes achieving their highest ever listenership figures.

George Hook’s show ‘The right Hook’ has hit its highest ever reach of more than 148,000 daily, while Newstalk Breakfast has accumulated an extra 25,000 listeners year on year.

The figures for The Pat Kenny Show remain unchanged at 134,000.

It’s not been a great for Today FM as Matt Cooper’s show loses 18,000 listeners, while The Anton Savage Show is only reaching 198,000. This represented a 30% drop from when Ray D’Arcy was presenting the same time slot last year.

Cork’s Red FM is still the top radio station in Cork, with the news that 136,000 people tune in daily. They’ve increased their listenership by 40% since this time last year.

Donegal’s Highland Radio has retained its title of Ireland’s no.1 local radio station. The independent figures from the JNLR/MRBI state that 62% of the people that listen to radio in North Donegal are listening to Highland radio.

Sarah O Brien, @Sarahobjourno