A boost for Newstalk in the latest JNLR results

Newstalk is celebrating moving into second place as the nation’s second most listened to radio station in the latest JNLR results.

At RTÉ, Morning Ireland, Liveline and Sunday with Miriam have also shown big increases during the pandemic for Radio 1, however, RTÉ 2fm has suffered a loss in weekday listeners including a little at Breakfast year on year.

Morning Ireland is the most-listened-to radio programme in the country, increasing listenership by 62,000 (YoY) with 491,000 tuning in each morning.

The figures, released today, covers the 12-month period from October 2019 to September 2020 but are missing a quarter of the required data than usual.

There was no interviewing conducted in Quarter 2, April, May and June 2020. Therefore, the report incorporates 9-months data during this 12-month period.

Newstalk says it is now the clear number two station in Dublin on the key audience measures of listened yesterday and market share after overtaking FM104 for the first time.

The speech station is enjoying an all-time high weekly reach of 804,000 listeners, up 62,000 on this time last year. The station’s listened yesterday figure is an all-time high of 426,000 listeners, up 13,000 on last year while the Newstalk has a prime-time Market Share figure of 6.7%.

Primetime programmes have recorded strong results with The Pat Kenny Show growing its audience by 15,000 to 155,000 and Lunchtime Live with Andrea Gilligan growing its audience by 13,000 to 102,000.

Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said: “This JNLR is a snapshot of what has been an incredible time in the lives of people in this country. The performance of Radio 1 across the board is phenomenal.

“It’s a tribute to our programme teams and presenters, their hard work and enduring commitment – often, individually, in trying circumstances – delivering to the highest standards for our listeners. In this era when news is constantly questioned, RTÉ Radio 1 remains the trusted source and that is humbling for all of us here. Journalism matters.”

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ Radio Strategy and RTÉ 2FM said: “At 2fm we had anticipated the justified surge of audience to RTÉ Radio 1. We are thrilled with how Jennifer Zamparelli’s programme performed, essentially unchanged, in period of a huge demand for news and current affairs. Tracy Clifford also has a very good book.

“Our weekends saw significant growth, with big gains, especially for Chris and Ciara , Louise McSharry from 9am and Carl and Aifric at breakfast.”

Overall, the latest results show 3.19 million listeners (15+) tune into radio every weekday – that is daily radio listening at 81% of all adults.

A total of c 12,120 people were interviewed during the survey period by Ipsos MRBI, on behalf of JNLR – Joint National Listenership Research – that is commissioned by all national, regional and local stations, BAI, AAI, and IAPI.

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