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Urban Media study points to radio’s branding power

A campaign created by Urban Media for Irish food company Boutique Bake claims to show how effective radio and digital can be in building a brand. Brian McCarthy of Urban Media said the study by Amárach Research shows 62 per cent of consumers went online after hearing a radio ad and 83 per cent of those […]

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Slowey steps down as Communicorp CEO

Gervaise Slowey has resigned as CEO of the Communicorp Group and will be replaced by Adrian Serle, former chief executive of the British media company, Orion Media. In a statement issued by its PR agency, FleishmanHillard, it was stated that the former Ogilvy agency boss will continue in her role until the end of the […]

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An Post, Cadbury and Tesco back Christmas FM

Christmas FM returns to the airwaves with An Post, Mondelez and Tesco on board as sponsors. The station will raise funds and awareness for Focus Ireland by sprinkling festive cheer across the country in the run up to Christmas. People are urged to tune in to hear familiar voices volunteer their time to bring Christmas […]

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Harte resigns as Newstalk editor

Newstalk 106-108FM has announced that Garrett Harte has “regretfully resigned” as the station’s editor in chief to pursue other interests. Harte joined the station when it launched in 2001 and has helped steer the station from a local Dublin station to where it is now with over 700,000 people listening every week.  He will remain with the […]

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Red FM scores treble at PPI Radio Awards

Cork’s Red FM scored a treble at this year’s PPI Radio Awards, including music station of the year. Comedian and Today FM DJ Dermot Whelan presented the awards which were attended by over 700 guests. Red FM also went home with best breakfast programme for the KC Show (pictured) and best interactive speech programme for […]

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Burns replaces McCormack at 98FM

Communicorp has appointed John Burns as CEO for 98FM. Burns joins the radio station from Diageo where he worked on the Guinness brand as communications and content lead for Europe as well as leading the strategy and P&L for Guinness innovations, including Hop House 13. Prior to that, Burns was global strategy and communications manager […]

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Foley returns to airwaves with Red FM

Ray Foley makes a return to radio this weekend with Cork’s Red FM. Foley will wake up Corkonians for a 12-week series every Saturday between 7am and 10am. An award-winning DJ, Foley currently co-presents the 7 O’Clock Show on TV3. He presented the lunchtime show on Today FM for six years and the Irish version […]

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Today FM rejigs its weekend schedule

Today FM is launching a new weekend schedule with Hector O’hEochagáin and Danny O’Reilly from The Coronas. The refreshed line up will see Alison Curtis extend her Saturday Breakfast show to a Sunday morning slot, while Sunday Business Post arts journalist Nadine O’Regan will host ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ on Sunday nights on the […]

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McCormack takes charge at Today FM

Keith McCormack has been made chief executive officer at Today FM by owner Communicorp. He was CEO of the group’s music station 98FM for the past two years, having joined from Fáilte Ireland where he spent six years, with roles as Visit Dublin director and head of events. Prior to that, he was with Greenstar, […]

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Boys and Girls marks radio century

The story of the birth of Irish radio during the 1916 Rising will be re-enacted on air simultaneously by 37 radio stations nationwide today at 5.30pm, 100 years to the original date and the exact time of the declaration of the Irish Republic, Ireland’s first broadcast to the nation and the world. In a joint […]

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Skoda sponsors Anton Savage show

Skoda Ireland has signed a one-year title sponsorship deal with The Anton Savage Show on Today FM for an undisclosed sum. The deal sees the car brand incorporated into the show by integrating taglines at pivotal points. It includes three hourly stings and 10 branded trailers a week, plus brand promotions aimed at the show’s radio, […]

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IBI welcomes plans to scrap levy

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) has welcomed a commitment by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to abolish the levy on broadcasters if the Fine Gael party is re-elected to Government. Speaking on Ocean FM, Kenny said he recognised the contribution made by independent radio stations to the public discourse and to public service broadcasting. He said […]

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Newstalk solid but BAI yet to firm up rock licence

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of the expressions of interest received for a quasi-national speech/news service and a music-driven alternative rock service for Dublin city and county. The BAI’s contract awards committee sought expressions of interest for both services at the beginning of October. One expression of interest was received for the […]

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