Saturday 20 January 2018

Miriam and Marian are back on top of the airwaves

Miriam O'Callaghan enjoyed a big boost in audiences
Miriam O'Callaghan enjoyed a big boost in audiences
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

RTE’s two top-earning female presenters are back on top after reversing a massive drop-off in listeners over the summer, according to the latest radio listenership figures.

Marian Finucane and Miriam O’Callaghan were among the State broadcasters’ stable of radio stars who shed the most overall listeners during the previous Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) survey conducted in April.

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, shed 14,000 listeners between April and January on her Sunday slot and another 5,000 listeners on her Saturday show following a massive loss of 25,000 listeners between last January and the previous October.

But her fortunes have reversed in the latest JNLR figures released today which show she has gained 37,000 listeners on her Sunday show between April and June and 14,000 listeners on her Saturday show over the same time period.

Fellow female broadcast stalwart, Miriam O’Callaghan also had impressive gains in the June survey, gaining 21,000 listeners on her “Miriam Meets” show which ended last Sunday.

The mother-of-eight, who ranked fifth on the 2011 top earners’ list before agreeing to a pay cut to €211,167 this year from €307,250, lost 19,000 listeners on the Sunday show between January and April.

RTE Radio One newcomer Claire Byrne also had impressive gains in her “Saturday with Claire Byrne” show, reeling in an impressive 24,000 new listeners to the show which now has 214,000 listeners.



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