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Robin Gibb in Dublin for IBI seminar

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees pop group will be the keynote speaker at the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) annual seminar next Tuesday at the Radisson Hotel on Golden Lane in Dublin. The conference theme is ‘Radio: Stayin’ Alive’ and independent stations owners, management and broadcasters are due to attend. Gibb will speak as […]

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Hair-raising antics at Today FM

Ian Dempsey, Matt Cooper and Ray D’Arcy prepare for the Shave or Dye charity fundraiser Today FM will be undergoing a major makeover on February 18th when its presenters take part in a hair shave or dye fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society. Ian Dempsey, Mario Rosenstock, Ray D’Arcy, Matt Cooper and Phil Cawley will […]

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RTE expands digital radio service

JP Coakley, RTÉ Radio director of operations RTÉ Radio is expanding its digital radio network, making its four nationwide FM services and an extra seven exclusive digital radio services available in counties Kildare, Laois, Louth, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath. Digital radio has been available to listeners in Dublin, Cork and Limerick city since last year’s launch. […]

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Tipp FM turns to Clonmel shoppers

Tipp FM has launched a new studio on site at the Showgrounds Shopping Centre in Clonmel and becomes the first independent radio station to set up a second studio in a shopping centre. Initially, the station will broadcast its mid-afternoon show every Saturday from the new studio. Fran Curry, programme controller, Tipp FM, said the […]

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Three groups vie for radio news

Three groups are due to pitch for a temporary radio news service to fill in for Independent Network News (INN) which is due to cease operating at the end of the month. The presentations are due to be made to a panel of stakeholders tomorrow. Denis O’Brien’s Newstalk, UTV and a group headed by INN […]

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Marty Whelan promotes medical bills message

Lyric FM presenter and the voice in Tesco ads Marty Whelan is fronting a new national radio campaign targeting families struggling with medical bills by telling people that cash plans provide cash back for everyday medical expenses in ads for Ennis-based cash plan provider, HSF Health Plan. HSF Health Plan marketing manager Lee Andre said […]

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Newstalk, FM104 and WLR among winners at PPI Awards

Newstalk 106-108 FM was named full service station of the year at the ninth annual Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) awards in the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny on Friday night. FM104 won the music station of the year award and WLR, which recently celebrated its 20th year on air, took the local station of the year […]

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Block sacked as 4fm boss

Martin Block has been removed as chief executive of 4fm, the multi-city easy listening station targeting over-45s, following a board meeting yesterday and Dave Hammond, the station’s sales and marketing director, has been appointed in his place. Block, an independent radio veteran, and his brother, Howard, who was the station’s finance director up until his […]

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INN news agency to close

Independent News Network (INN) is to cease operating at the end of October following a collapse in its advertising revenue from the start of the year. In a media statement issued by PR firm FD, INN chief executive John O’Connor confirmed the decision to close the agency was made as the business was no longer […]

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Hibernian Aviva still hooked on Newstalk's drivetime show

Insurer Hibernian Aviva has renewed its sponsorship of Newstalk’s The Right Hook evening drivetime show hosted by George Hook for another year. The show’s popularity improved in the most recent JNRL report by adding 7,000 listeners to bring its average audience tuning in from 4.30pm to 7pm weekdays to 110,000. Hibernian Aviva has launched a […]

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Media show returns to airwaves

Mediascope, the media and marketing show on 103.2 Dublin City FM, returns at its usual time of 1.30pm next Tuesday, October 6th. Presenter Ellen Gunning said podcasts of all previous shows are available at www.academy.com by clicking on the Mediascope link. Podcasts of the new series will be uploaded fortnightly in arrears.

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Harrington goes a fair way to putt sense on Lisbon

The Gift Grub slot on Ian Dempsey’s breaksfast show on Today FM this morning with Padraig Harrington using a golf analogy to explain the Lisbon Treaty resulted in thousands of texts and emails from listeners thanking the station for simplifying the referendum debate in lay man’s terms. Harrington’s alter ego teed up with… “Europe is […]

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BCI reports no short-term appetite for developing digital radio

Local radio stations have no plans to invest in a switch to digital radio in the short term and want a coherent, inclusive and co-ordinated approach to DAB radio in Ireland, a study carried out for the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has reported. The report is based on findings by Athena Research, run by […]

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