Wednesday 21 February 2018

Marian Fincucane's JNLR delight: 'I think women should have a front and centre role in TV and radio'

Marian Finucane
Marian Finucane
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

MARIAN FINUCANE was “over the moon” to see her radio listenership jump 23,000 in the latest Joint National Radio Listenership Research figures.

It is ten years since Finucane’s first weekend radio show took to the air. Her latest figures increased to 396,000 on Saturday and to 338,000 on Sunday.

“I am delighted,” she said. “I think women should have a front and centre role in TV and radio. Myself and my producer Anne Farrell sat down ten years ago to make a programme that wasn’t guff, we wanted to make something substantial that mattered so I am delighted.”

Finucane wasn’t the only female broadcaster to increase in ratings; Miriam O’Callaghan increased by 3,000, Today FM’s Louise Duffy increased 4,000 to 98,000 while Claire Byrne jumped 10,000 to 240,000.

On Newstalk, Pat Kenny remained stationary on 134,000 while Moncrieff increased by 1,000 to 120,000 but George Hook was the real winner with an increase of 5,000 to 148,000.

Today FM broadcaster Anton Savage lost some 3,000 listeners, falling from 194,000 to 191,000 compared to the last quarterly book.

Ian Dempsey fell 2,000 to 181,000 while loveable duo Dermot and Dave increased 4,000 to 123,000.

Breakfast Republic fronted by Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire jumped 77,000 to 196,000 while The Nicky Byrne Show was up to 163,000 when compared to figures from July.

RTE were keen to stress, however, that the jump in figures is partially due to the increase in the each programmes duration.

Joe Duffy’s Liveline increased to 371,000 when compared to the July ratings and Morning Ireland remained the most popular show with staggering figures of 439,000 – up 6,000 since the last book.

Eoghan McDermott, who took over from Colm Hayes has seen an increase of 13,000 to 119,000.

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