Pirates will have to walk the plank was a headline from The Cork Examiner dated February 17th 1997
Timeline: Dismissed radio presenter seeks court injunction was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated July 12th 1997
Timeline: Radio DJ in court challenge to block sacking was a headline in the Irish Independent dated July 19th 1987
Timeline: Station didn’t tell me about election ban, says sacked radio presenter was a headline in the Irish Examiner dated July 19th 1987
Timeline: Presenter settles his High Court action against radio station was a headline in the Irish Irish Examiner dated November 6th 1997
Today FM: It’s Yesterday Once More is a headline from The Irish Independent dated January 10th 1998
2FM presenter Gerry Ryan is considering a move to the station’s main rivals Today FM. That’s according to today’s Star newspaper. RTÉ radio boss Helen Shaw has described the likelihood of Ryan leaving as ‘highly improbable’.
Tony Fenton will be back on the national airwaves for a limited period from this weekend. He is scheduled to appear throughout the month of April on independent national station Today FM. Tony will be on air on Saturdays between 11am and 2pm, and on Sundays for the Top 40 Show between 3pm and 7pm. He is filling in on a temporary basis while Tim Kelly takes over the late-night 10pm-midnight slot until Ray Foley makes his debut on April 25th. Tim will return to his usual Saturday and Sunday shows on the first weekend in May.
Fenton made his last appearance on RTÉ 2FM in March last year following a long career with the station. At the time it was suggested that his departure was not amicable.
Medium wave transmission of RTÉ 2FM is set to close on Monday. This is according to engineering announcements which are interrupting the station’s medium wave service every hour advising of the impending closure. The announcements are being aired on both of the two remaining 2FM medium wave transmitters – 612kHz from the historic Athlone transmitter site, and the low-powered Cork transmitter on 1278kHz. The transmitter serving Dublin on 1278kHz was closed last December.
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Today FM and Newstalk, both owned by Communicorp, have both been notified of serious breaches of contract after they introduced programming changes without prior approval by the BCI. That’s according to a report in today’s Irish Times.
Newstalk recently dropped three programmes from their schedule: Late Night Live with Declan Carty, Splanc and Culture Shock. The removal of Late Night Live has been approved by the BCI; however Newstalk have been ordered to reinstate the latter two by the end of the month on the basis of reduced diversity of programming.
In addition both stations decided to “pool” the services of reporters in their two newsrooms and to share off-peak news bulletins.
Although permission for the changes were sought by both stations, the changes had already been made at this point. This led the BCI to admonish both stations for serious breaches of contract.
Newstalk are still in discussion with the BCI about the dropped programming. They are claiming that the changes are necessary to secure the station’s future.
The BCI have accepted the reasoning behind the shared newsroom resources but will not allow the sharing of political reports.
Although the sharing of off-peak bulletins and the dropping of Late Night Live have been accepted by the BCI they will be subject to review in 12 months time.
Legendary radio DJ Tony Fenton loses battle with cancer was a newspaper headline from The Herald dated March 12th 2015