Tuesday 16 January 2018

Colum Kenny: Rabbitte's ear must tune to struggling radio stations

Despite a busy portfolio, the new Minister should focus on changes in broadcasting, says Colum Kenny

Pat Rabbitte is no stranger to the airwaves. But Ireland's new Minister for Communications, Energy and National Resources had better get used to listening to radio as well as talking on it.

Radio is popular in Ireland, as the latest research again shows. Each day last year, an average of 85 out of every 100 Irish people tuned in. By comparison, only three in every 100 people use the much-hyped Twitter daily.

Presenters such as Ray D'Arcy, Ryan Tubridy, Scott Williams and George Hook all have loyal followers. Many a listener tells researchers that radio "keeps me company". Irish people tune into radio for four hours every day.

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