Sunday 24 September 2017

Head of 2fm committed to Tubridy show

Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

THE head of 2fm has thrown his weight behind Ryan Tubridy after his radio show continued to haemorrhage listeners.

The latest JNLR figures saw the troubled morning programme drop another seven thousand listeners compared to the previous period to 152,000.

However 2fm boss Dan Healy said he remained committed to the Tubridy Show.

"Ryan is a very strong broadcaster. What we need to do now is sit down with Ryan's team to see what needs to be done," Dan Healy told the Herald.

However he said a number of changes had already been implemented in the past few weeks which he said would lead to the 2fm show recovering listeners.

The latest JNLR drop comes just a week after Tubridy suffered the loss of the producer he called his "rock" Paul Russell to a management position on 2fm.

There was other bad news for 2fm with Hector Ó hEochagáin dropping 2,000 listeners book-on-book (which compares to the previous period) to 124,000, well down on the 138,000 listeners he had in 2012.

Today FM's Ian Dempsey was one of the big winners in yesterday's listenership figures gaining 12,000 listeners since the last survey in July, bringing his audience to 180,000.

There as more good news at Marconi House as Matt Cooper's Last Word saw a 7,000 rise book-on-book with colleague Tony Fenton enjoying a rise of 6,000 listeners book-on-book.

Although Morning Ireland and Liveline both lost listeners, they remain the two most popular shows on Irish radio with RTE Radio One still the most listened to station.

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