RTE'S two top-earning female presenters Marian Finucane and Miriam O’Callaghan are among the State broadcasters’ stable of radio stars who shed the most overall listeners this spring.
While RTE’s youth-oriented station 2fm notched up considerable gains, the opposite was true for Radio One’s female stalwarts, according to the latest radio listenership figures.
Ms Finucane, who ranked third in the top ten highest paid RTE presenters list in 2011 before her massive €491,770 pay packet was reduced to €295,000 this year, continues to bleed listeners on both her Saturday and Sunday talk and current affairs shows, according to the Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures released earlier today.
Her Sunday programme lost 14,000 listeners between this month and last January following a loss of 20,000 listeners on the same show between last October and January.
Her Saturday show - which airs at the same 11am to 1pm timeslot - is also down 5,000 listeners from last January following a massive loss of 25,000 listeners between January and the previous October.
And Miriam O’Callaghan, who ranked fifth on the 2011 top earners’ list before agreeing to pay cut to €211,167 this year from €307,250, also shed 19,000 listeners on her “Miriam Meets” show since January despite making marginal gains of 1,000 listeners over last autumn and winter.
However RTE’s flagship “News At One” - presented by veteran journalist Sean O’Rourke - gained 9,000 listeners