Saturday 3 December 2016

Independent.ie’s new politics podcasts are a big hit on iTunes

Published 02/03/2016 | 17:12

TWO political podcasts from Independent.ie are proving to be a big hit on iTunes and online.

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As part of Independent.ie’s digital offering during the general election, the two new political podcasts were launched.

The Front Bench, hosted by Irish Independent Editor Fionnan Sheahan, with Bertie Ahern, Pat Rabbitte and Nora Owen giving their insights and experience of election campaigns, made no.3 on iTunes top politics podcasts for Ireland, ahead of the the offerings of the long-established Morning Ireland, Last Word and Sean O’Rourke show.

Listen here: Front Bench Podcast 5: There'll be another election within 18 months says Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern’s comments about Gerry Adams’ leadership costing Sinn Fein 10 seats garnered the most reaction and shares during the campaign and, in the most recent show discussing the post-election fall-out, the panel were all agreed that another election is less than 18 months away.

The Floating Voter podcast, hosted by INM’s Group Political Editor, Kevin Doyle, along with a regular panel of INM’s Nicola Anderson and political correspondents, Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan, proved particularly popular with a new, younger, engaged audience of millennials listening to the show.

The Floating Voter has stormed up the iTunes charts since its debut in January, coming in ahead of the Off the Ball Football Show, Pat Kenny, the Last Word and Ryan Tubridy.

GE16 proved that younger people are as interested in politics than ever before and are increasingly turning away from radio and switching over to digital media and podcasts in particular.

You can subscribe on iTunes to the Front Bench and to the Floating Voter and listen out for more exciting podcast shows from Independent.ie during 2016.

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