Thursday 22 February 2018

Pressure of maintaining radio figures is 'like sitting the Leaving Cert' - Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane
Marian Finucane

Sean O'Grady

Marian Finucane has compared the pressure of maintaining radio listening figures to doing the Leaving Cert exam publicly every three months.

The veteran broadcaster's weekend show, which has been a consistent ratings winner for RTE Radio One, shed 13,000 listeners in the most recent figures.

The Dubliner (66) said she was not happy with the news and would push harder to keep her listeners.

"I regard it as doing your Leaving Cert in public, every three months," she said.

She said those who work on her show are constantly assessing it.

"Onwards and upwards, let's look at what we did, how we're doing it, how we can improve, how we can change, how we can tweak it."

The Glasnevin radio host is a mother to son Jack, who is in his late 20s, and daughter Sinead, who passed away in 2009 from leukaemia, aged eight. She is notoriously private when it comes to her family.

"I took the view that I chose a job that was in the public eye but my family didn't, so it's a question of what you can inflict on your family.

"I was absolutely determined that there was no question of kids being paraded around the place. Out of the question," she said.

After more than 30 years of marriage, she renewed her wedding vows to John Clarke in 2015, when the pair took a "honeymoon" of sorts to Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

"It wasn't all R&R because I grew up with the Vietnam War in the news all the time. We saw this thing about a trip down the Mekong, and I thought, 'That sounds exotic'," she said.


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