Dublin stations expand audience

Two Dublin radio stations, NewsTalk 106 and Q102, have fared best in the latest radio audience figures for the Irish Republic.

The Joint National Listenership Research survey shows that NewsTalk made the biggest year-on-year gain, from 2 per cent to 5 per cent of market share in the Irish capital.

NewsTalk is currently heard by 43,000 listeners daily, while over the same period the survey shows that RTE Radio 1, the most listened-to station in the capital, dropped 22,000 listeners.

Recently appointed chief executive Dan Healy predicted the next set of figures would show NewsTalk had made further progress.

Journalist and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy is reported to be about to signing up for NewsTalk. It is believed he will present a morning news programme to compete with RTE 1’s Morning Ireland.

Q102, which was previously known as Lite FM, posted a 2 per cent listenership increase to 12 per cent, putting it ahead in Dublin of the national station Today FM at 10 per cent.

Nationally, state broadcaster RTE fell 2 per cent to 26 per cent. Local and regional stations throughout Ireland totalled 56 per cent listenership.

By Des Cryan in Dublin

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