New radio app for smartphones sees Ireland’s 43 stations join forces
A NEW app for smartphones has seen independent broadcasters and RTE join forces to bring the country’s 43 radio stations to the one place.
The Irish Radioplayer app is already available free to download on iTunes and in the Google Play Store.
It was launched today by the Minister for Communications Alex White.
He was joined by Keelin Shanley, Nicky Byrne and Claire Byrne from RTE as well as Becki Miller from Spin and Ruth Egan from FM104.
The app results from a partnership between the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) and RTE.
Minister White said: “The Irish Radioplayer app will be of great benefit to all Irish radio stations that take part in it.
“Listeners will benefit from having a quality audio stream of their favourite local, regional or national radio shows available, regardless of where they are. It’s also an innovative way of promoting Irish stations in an increasingly competitive multi-platform environment.”
John Purcell, Chairman of the IBI, said the app would be a ‘game changer’.
“This will make the consumption of radio much easier for our audiences. It also brings Irish radio into the digital space opening up new platforms for broadcasters and new ways of listening for audiences.
“The Irish Radioplayer is proof of the great strides that can be made when all broadcasters put aside their competitive differences and focus on what is in the best interests of the Irish radio audience.”