No 2fm nominations for radio's 'Oscars'
2FM, RTE's light entertainment station, has failed to win a single nomination at the prestigious Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) Radio Awards this year.
The station's failure to get a mention in one of the 35 categories at the 'Oscars of Irish Radio' is sure to increase calls on the State broadcaster to sell the station to offset its €20m budget deficit.
It will also add to mounting pressure on the station's top-earning presenter, Ryan Tubridy, whose listener figures plummeted after he took over Gerry Ryan's morning show following the popular DJ's untimely death in 2010.
The poor showing at the awards will also prove embarrassing to the station's head of operations, John McMahon, who is a member of this year's PPI judging committee.
In contrast, 2fm's private-sector rival, Today FM, landed 17 nominations. One of the nominees was Ray D'Arcy, who shares the mid-morning weekday slot with Tubridy.
Even Cork 96fm's Neil Prendeville, who allegedly exposed himself to passengers on a plane last year, pipped Tubridy for a nomination in the same category. In fact, the Cork DJ, who was suspended from on-air activities for several weeks by the station for his airline antics, is nominated in two categories.
Tubridy's predecessor Gerry Ryan will be recognised for his contribution to national radio with a hall of fame award at the event in the Lyrath House Hotel in Kilkenny next Friday.
RTE Irish-language broadcaster Sean Ban Breathnach and Downtown Radio presenter Candy Devine will also pick up hall of fame awards on the night.