Who’s happiest with the latest JNLR figures?

28.10.16 JNLR

“Radio, someone still loves you!” 

According to the latest JNLR figures, almost 83% of the island of Ireland, that’s 2.9 million people, listen to their favourite radio stations every day. 

Here’s a look at some of those who can be quite happy with their latest figures. 

RTÉ Radio One dominates the top 20 

The latest JNLR figures show that RTÉ has almost 2 million listeners a week.

Jim Jennings, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio said “this is a very positive book for RTÉ Radio with almost 2 million people tuning in to our radio stations each week. Radio 1 continues to lead the way, delivering year-on-year gains for most weekday programmes. Radio 1 now has 19 out of the top 20 radio programmes in the country. By any standard, this is a fantastic achievement.”

You can read RTÉ’s full statement on the results here.

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*Joe Duffy’s Liveline has overtaken Marian Finucane to become the second most-listened to radio programme in Ireland.

Morning Ireland retains it’s crown

RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland remains the countries most listened to radio show. It has an average listenership of 444,000, down 5,000 on average but up 5,000 year-on-year.

The show runs from 07:00am – 09.00am and has been running since 1984. It covers everything from business and sport to weather and current affairs.

Brendan Fitzpatrick is the Editor of the programme.

Pitching Tip: It is best practice to send press releases in the afternoon. The staff for Morning Ireland have a switchover in the afternoon and this is when most of the decisions regarding content are made.

The day editor begins putting stories together at 1pm for the following day’s show. Reporting begins at 4pm. At 8pm, reporters, editors and the five presenters have a conference call. After this, stories are generally locked into the running order. There is a second conference call at 10pm. In the case of breaking news, however, the schedule may be changed again in the morning at the last minute.

Pitching is not advised for Saturday.

Ray D’Arcy continues to climb 

RTÉ’ Radio One’s Ray D’Arcy Show gained 5,000 listeners in the last quarter, leaving the show with an average listenership of 216,000.

The show first aired on RTÉ in February 2015 and was previously part of the Today FM schedule, where it had been since the late 1990s.

The latest results mean that D’Arcy’s show is now the 16th most listened to show in Ireland.

Pitching Tip: When pitching stories, it’s best to avoid contacting the team right before the show or during the show so avoid the 2.30-4.30pm slot. The best time to pitch is early in the morning from 10am until 12.30pm.

Pitches should be emailed to the show’s producers Will Hanafin or Jenny Kelly.

A great month for Cork’s Red FM 

Red FM has seen a boost across all weekday daytime shows year on year. 120,000 listeners are tuning every day. It is Cork’s most listened to radio station.

The Neil Prendeville Show has 64,000 people tuning in on a daily basis and The KC Show gained 7,000 listeners in the last quarter.

These extra 7,000 listeners come on the back of The KC show being awarded Local Breakfast Show of the Year at the PPI awards in early October.


Keith Cunningham is the programme director at Red FM.

He also presents The KC Show and produces The Ray Foley Show on Saturday mornings.

Pat Kenny – Newstalk’s biggest winner 

The standout figure from Newstalk’s JNLR results came from Pat Kenny.

Kenny’s morning show gained 15,000 listeners, bringing its listenership up to 146,000. This increase comes after an extra hour was added to his slot in the station’s major shake-up in recent months.

The show features breaking news which is interwoven with reflective news features and reports from a variety of reporters based across the country.

The Pat Kenny Show is produced by Aisling Moore and Eimear Bradley. Patricia Monahan is Newstalk’s Programme Director.

Good news for Shannonside FM 

Shannonside FM remains the number one radio station in its region according to the latest JNLR survey.

The poll shows Shannonside is the station of choice for half the population across it’s region. Shannonside broadcasts to Longford, Roscommon, South Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan.

This consolidates Shannonside’s position as one of the most listened to radio stations in the country, with over 62,000 people tuning in every day.

Station programming covers both local and national news, agricultural news, sport and music.

Mike Mulvihill is the head of producation at Shannonside FM.

Radio Nova bumps up its audience 

Radio Nova has increased its daily audience to 76,000 listeners.

The station, which broadcasts to Dublin and its commuter belt, showed bumps in listenership for shows across its schedule, including its breakfast programme Morning Glory with Dee & Marty, which increased its audience to 32,000.

Nova’s CEO, Kevin Branigan said ‘these are very respectable listenership figures for us… We continue to increase our daily listenership and market share in a very competitive market place. We’ve shown continued growth across our daytime schedule in recent times and and we continue to take audience from other radio stations in the market.”

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