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Willie O’Reilly set to leave RTÉ soon

RTÉ group commercial director Willie O’Reilly is to leave the national broadcaster to pursue other interests. Reporting to the director general, O’Reilly has been a member of the executive board. He led all of the divisional and cross-divisional commercial staff and operations and was responsible for the planning and development of commercial strategy. RTÉ offered […]

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Radio ads expert to address AAI Toolkit event

Acclaimed radio writer and producer Paul Burke (above left) will talk about the importance of creating engaging ads across all channels, but particularly for radio, at the November Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI) Toolkit breakfast seminar. The London-based creative will also discuss the significance of sound in both TV and radio commercials. Burke will […]

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Bay takes full ownership of Radio Nova

Bay Broadcasting has taken 100 per cent ownership of Radio Nova, buying out veteran radio investors Vienna Investments and Des Whelan, as well as tech investor Pat McDonagh, the station’s CEO Kevin Branigan (above) has confirmed. Bay, which also owns Classic Hits 4FM and is a shareholder in Sunshine 106.8, had a 38 per cent stake […]

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Hook makes way for Kelly at Newstalk lunchtime

Newstalk 106-108fm has announced that Dr Ciara Kelly is to replace George Hook in presenting the talk station’s lunchtime show. Lunchtime Live will see the Dublin GP “bring a fresh perspective to midday radio” in examining the key issues of the day and how they affect the lives of listeners, from noon until 2pm, when […]

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Ian Dempsey turns bride to help cancer victims

Today FM’s Ian Dempsey got married live on radio this morning. Well, not quite married in the normal sense of the word, but he did walk down the aisle in a long white dress and said “I do”. It was part of Today FM’s Dare to Care campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society (ICS). […]

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Today FM rolls out Dare to Care cancer campaign

Today FM has launched its Dare to Care campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Now in its second year, Today FM along with presenters and listeners is hoping to raise €500,000 in the fight against cancer. The facts are that every three minutes in Ireland someone gets a cancer diagnosis and every hour […]

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Dobson to switch from Six One to Morning Ireland

RTÉ News has confirmed that Bryan Dobson will join the team of presenters on RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, the most-listened-to radio show in Ireland. After 21 years presenting RTÉ One’s Six One News programme, the broadcaster will move to be a permanent presenter on RTÉ Radio 1’s flagship radio programme at the end of October. Dobson will join co-presenters Rachael English, Dr Gavin Jennings and […]

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Yates gets Newstalk’s evening drivetime slot

Former Fine Gael minister and Celtic Bookmakers owner Ivan Yates will replace Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney in hosting Newstalk’s evening drivetime show weekdays. Yates will start his new show in early September. Donoghue and McInerney, a former reporter with the Sunday Times, took over from George Hook when he moved to lunchtime. A statement […]

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JNLR book shows strong results for RTE Radio

The latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) from Ipsos MRBI for the year from July 2016 to June this year shows “a strong book for RTE Radio”, Carat reports.  Radio 1 and 2FM posted increases of 30,000 and 32,000 year-on-year respectively for the key measure of listened yesterday. Today FM was down by 17,000, while […]

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IBI endorses FF proposals for independent radio

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), the body representing 34 local, regional and national independent radio stations, have welcomed the Fianna Fáil publication of draft broadcasting legislation as “a major breakthrough” in reforming Irish broadcasting. The IBI says the proposals recognise the independent radio’s public service role and helps to launch a new scheme to […]

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Media Central wins Communicorp sales

Communicorp has awarded all its radio sales to Media Central after an internal group contest with its other sales arm subsidiary, Communicorp One. Under a transfer of undertakings process, Media Central, run by Gavin Deans (above), will take on ad sales for national stations Today FM and Newstalk. It already handled sales for the group’s […]

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Foley joins breakfast show at Cork’s Red FM

Ray Foley is joining Cork comedian Jason Coughlan as the new breakfast co-host on Red FM. Breakfast with Ray & Jay was announced at an event with Irish rugby legend Ronan O’Gara and Cork musicians Brian Deady and Stephanie Rainey to mark the station’s third anniversary relaunch. Coughlan has presented Breakfast for the past seven years. […]

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Tesco sponsors Today FM’s Dermot & Dave show

Tesco is to sponsor of Dermot & Dave’s mid-morning show on Today FM for the next year for an undisclosed sum. The deal sees Tesco integrated into the show through taglines, outside broadcasts, on-air and social media promotions. The show recently moved from its lunchtime slot to mid-morning after comedian Al Porter signed up to […]

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