Friday 23 August 2019

Radio wars: 'Fired' Muireann gains boost in listeners

Pat Kenny saw numbers drop

Muireann O'Connell
Muireann O'Connell
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Presenter Muireann O'Connell, who revealed she was fired from Today FM, recorded a boost of 3,000 listeners for her show, according to the latest statistics.

Her lunchtime show on the station saw a modest boost to 96,000 from 93,000 in the latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLRs).

It was announced earlier this week she was being replaced by Mairead Ronan as the 'Dancing with the Stars' winner landed her own show. Ms O'Connell took to Twitter to state she had been "fired" by station bosses on Tuesday.

Louise Duffy's 'Lost in Music' was axed for Ed Smith's new programme 'National Anthems'. Her JNLR figures show she was down 1,000 listeners book on book, to 29,000.

Elsewhere there were no drastic changes for DJs - Ian Dempsey was down 2,000 to 179,000 book on book, while Fergal Darcy gained 3,000 listeners to 109,000.

Matt Cooper's 'The Last Word' was down 1,000 to 151,000.

There was cause for celebration at Newstalk as Ivan Yates gained 10,000 listeners with a total of 183,000 tuning in for 'The Hard Shoulder'.

Pat Kenny saw the most significant drop at the station with a dip in 8,000 listeners book on book to 142,000.

'Lunchtime Live' with Ciara Kelly brought in 99,000 listeners, down 1,000. 'Newstalk Breakfast' was down 1,000 listeners to 123,000.

Across the airwaves on RTÉ Radio One, 'Morning Ireland' is still clearly sweeping the boards for early risers. They are up 3,000 to 424,000.

On 2FM, where Eoghan McDermott and Doireann Garrihy are now hosting the breakfast slot, there was a large drop in listenership in the morning hours.

The 6am-9am slot attracted 133,000 since the last book while the 6am-10am one had reached 188,000 listeners.

Head of 2FM Dan Healy said that the difference did "not relate to Eoghan and Doireann" as they have been on air since June and this book covers April, May and June.

Jennifer Zamparelli has 163,000 listeners from 9am-noon. In the last book, Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene had 155,000 listeners from 10am-1pm.

RTÉ Radio One remained relatively steady. Ryan Tubridy went up 4,000 to 332,000 listeners. Sean O'Rourke was down 3,000 to 319,000. 'Liveline' also lost 3,000, reeling in 372,000.

Ray Darcy had a positive book, enjoying an increase of 3,000 to 223,000. 'News at One' went down 5,000 to 329,000 while 'Drivetime' with Mary Wilson was down 2,000 to 221,000.

At the weekends, Marian Finucane saw her slots lose listeners, down 8,000 on Saturdays to 374,000 and down 14,000 on Sundays to 311,000.

Irish Independent

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