Cable TV customers now have access to five of RTÉ’s digital exclusive radio services. UPC subscribers will find RTÉ Junior (and RTÉ Chill), RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse and RTÉ Choice now on channels 941 to 944.
RTÉ Junior is Ireland’s first children’s only radio service. Aimed at children aged 2-12 the service includes music, fun and entertainment. RTÉ Junior plays chart music for older children and when they are at school the station plays nursery rhymes and story songs for children from 2-5 years of age. At 7pm there are bedtime stories and lullabies for younger radio listeners while at 8pm there are audio books for the ‘Not So Junior’ members of the family. At 9pm RTÉ Chill, a late night service of electronica, ambient and chill-out music, takes over from RTÉ Junior until 7am the next morning.
RTÉ 2XM is a sister station to RTÉ 2FM. Dave Fanning’s new RTÉ Two programme ‘The 11th Hour’ is broadcast on the service while RTÉ 2FM presenter Rick O’Shea, RTÉ Lyric FM’s John Kelly and RTÉ Sport’s John Kenny all join newer voices with shows on the station. The alternative, indie, rock station features eighteen live and pre-recorded, presenter-led programmes from Monday through to Sunday.
RTÉ Pulse is a 24 hour dance station featuring a playlist of commercial dance music during the day, aimed at anyone from gym-goers to parents at home to workers on the move. Louis Osborne, son of Ozzie and Sharon, has a show on the station once a week along with top Irish dance DJs including Al Redmond, Orla Feeney and Karl Davis. In the evenings twenty nine RTÉ Pulse DJs from across Ireland and from London play every genre of dance music aimed at dance music fans across the board.
RTÉ Choice is RTÉ Radio 1’s complimentary speech service. Ronan Kelly, the award-winning RTÉ Radio 1 producer behind the station, has tailored a schedule of international and vintage RTÉ Radio programmes to suit Irish listeners. The schedule includes current affairs, feature and documentary programming from eighteen international public service broadcasters including U.S. National Public Radio (NPR), the BBC World Service, Radio Canada, Radio Australia, Radio Czech Republic and UN Radio.
These digital radio stations are now available to over 85% of the population via UPC Ireland’s television platforms. The addition of these stations over UPC’s transmission networks means that the services are in most homes across Ireland and available on three platforms: DAB digital radio, online and UPC.