Radio group to seek injunction was a headline in The Evening Echo dated March 23rd 1979
‘Pirate’ group’s court bid fails was a headline in The Cork Examiner dated March 24th 1979
Piracy on the air was a newspaper headline from the Southern Star dated January 22nd 1983
Who will you be tuning in to? was a newspaper headline from The Irish Independent dated February 17th 1988
Presenter Dies on Broadcast is a headline from The Cork Examiner dated January 3rd 1989.
Sudden Death is a headline from The Evening Echo from January 3rd 1989.
WKLR application – all now ready was a headline from The Southern Star dated January 21st 1989.
Station has sound basis for success is a headline from The Cork Examiner dated January 29th 1989.
Independent Radio and Television Commission was a headline from The Cork Examiner dated February 23rd 1989.
Radio daze was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated January 17th 1990.
County Sound hits the airwaves was a headline from The Evening Echo dated January 27th 1990.
Ex-pirate Joe has plans for publishing empire was a headline from The Irish Press dated January 14th 1991.
Youghal local radio worries – despite contract extension is a headline from The Southern Star dated January 25th 1997.
New wave radio was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated January 17th 1998
Tánaiste Mary Harney has given the go-ahead for the £31m takeover of County Media by UTV under national mergers and takeovers legislation. Last Monday, the Irish Radio and Television Commission blocked the bid because it ran contrary to their policy on local and diverse ownership within the broadcast sector – including the IRTC’s 27% ownership guideline. Both County Media and UTV have issued statements saying they are awaiting clarification of the decision from the IRTC before deciding their next moves. County Media owns three radio stations in Co Cork, 96FM, County Sound North in Mallow and County Sound West in Bandon.
Freak FM, on 105.2MHz from Mallow in Cork, have ceased broadcasting as a result of studio problems. They plan a return as soon as they locate a new studio.
County Media and UTV may apply to the High Court for a judicial review of a decision by the Independent Radio and Television Commission (IRTC) not to allow the takeover bid by UTV for County Media to go ahead. The companies are likely to seek the judicial review within weeks.
On Monday, the IRTC decided not to allow the 100% purchase by UTV because they favour local ownership plus their guidelines only allow 27% ownership by an existing media company in another licensed station. However, on Thursday, Tánaiste Mary Harney gave her approval to the deal. A letter to County Media from the IRTC on Friday appeared to hold out an olive branch to the company, indicating that “the door remains open” for the UTV deal. The letter reiterated that a full review of IRTC ownership guideline policies will take place in April. “We have indicated a number of positive things to them and we hope that having reflected on that they would be in a position to reactivate a proposal with us,” chief executive of the IRTC, Michael O’Keeffe said. Despite the letter, County Media is understood to believe that a challenge through the courts remains it’s only option.
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Power FM in Cork are back on air with test transmissions on 106.4MHz. Live programming is planned soon. Reception reports are requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power FM in Cork were asked to cease broadcasting by the ODTR on Wednesday evening. The station have complied with the request and will not be returning.
Mallow’s alternative radio station, Freak FM, are back on air following a period of inactivity. Studio problems had forced the Cork station to stop broadcasting but they can now be heard again on their 105.2MHz frequency.
The Independent Radio and Television Commission have given their approval – in principle at least – to a 60% UTV purchase of Cork’s County Media which includes three local radio stations. Last month, the Commission blocked a 100% takeover by UTV because it contravened their guidelines on local ownership but, according to IRTC chairman Mr Conor J. Maguire SC, the new bid satisfies the majority of the Commission’s board that there will be a majority of local people on County Media’s board following the takeover. Sitting on the new board would be two people from County Media, two from UTV and an independent local chairperson. Existing staff will stay in place. Although the current bid was still what Mr Maguire called an ‘exception’ to IRTC guidelines which prevent more than a 27% controlling interest by an existing media group in any other, he states that the rules have not been changed by default. The guidelines are due to be discussed in April.
D-Day on the Way for Red FM DJs
Cork 96FM’s West Cork transmitter on 95.8MHz has been off the air since early this morning.
Cork 96FM resumed transmission from its West Cork transmitter – Nowen Hill 95.8MHz – this morning. This transmitter had been off-air since early yesterday morning.
Cork’s newest station Red FM say that thay have again shown very strong listenership increases. The claim is based on its first full year of audience figures as compiled by MRBI in the latest JNLR figures, released yesterday.
According to the figures, Red FM was listened to yesterday by 42% of its target 15-34 year-old market in the second six months of last year. This shows an increase of 20% against the first six months of 2002. The figures also reveal that Red FM is listened to by 21% of all adults in the franchise area. This indicates a 31% increase, against figures for January to June of last year for the station.
Red FM launched in January of last year and its first year has also seen the youth music station scoop three PPI National Radio Awards for Best Music Programme, Best News Broadcaster and Best Sports Programme.
Commenting on Red FM’s success in its first year JNLR results, the station’s Chief Executive Henry Condon said: “We’ve achieved some important goals in the last year that a few people might have doubted and these results clearly indicate the rise and rise of the station. Red FM is already an award-winning market leader with the indicators clearly on for further audience and revenue growth. We will continue to focus on delivering a distinct youth radio product.”
Dance music station NRG 106.5FM have announced that they will close at 9pm tonight. Broadcasting to Cork city and surrounding areas, NRG had proved very popular – especially with teenagers – in the few months it was on air. However the station claim that their popularity has led to pressure from ComReg for the station to be shut down. This has led to the closure announcement.
NRG 106.5FM’s presenters will be saying their final words from 6pm onwards this evening.
Red FM have had their knuckles rapped twice: first after their talk-show presenter Vic Barry called the girlfriend of a listener a ‘bitch’ because she didn’t change her underwear. The show was broadcast last July, and led one listener to make a complaint to the BCC, who ruled that the item was ‘in bad taste’ and ‘offensive’. A similar ruling was concluded about another item on the station’s Red Rooster Breakfast Show in which three presenters discussed penis lengths at…err…length.
Another complaint which was upheld concerned a misleading motor insurance ad on RTÉ Radio 1.
A ruling is due to be made next month concerning Spin 1038’s use of the term ‘Stab City’ to describe Limerick in one of its news bulletins. The description of Limerick has been condemned by the city’s mayor who called the item ‘outrageous and totally unacceptable…deeply offensive’.
Christian station to seek radio licence
Freak FM has closed down. Cork’s long-running alternative rock music station, which broadcast on 105.2MHz FM, went off air in the early hours of this morning following a recent raid by ComReg. A series of foul-mouthed tirades against the authorities marked Freak FM’s final countdown during which station personnel broadcast a defiant message telling ComReg (at the end of a Rage Against the Machine track with a similar line): “F**k you, I won’t do what you tell me”. This was just minutes before they closed – just as they were told to.
The station feel aggrieved that a licence to broadcast to Cork has been awarded by the BCI to Life FM, a station broadcasting religious programming, yet their audience remains disenfranchised by the present licensing set-up. According to a station presenter, the BCI do not believe that there is a need for a station like Freak FM in Cork and he is calling on their listeners to “annoy them” until they get the message.
Two of Cork’s radio stations, 96FM and 103FM, are to have their JNLR figures audited separately in future after local rival Red FM alerted advertising agancies to the fact that the stations cover the same catchment area. 96FM and 103FM, both owned by UTV, have had their listenership figures presented as if they were a single entity due to the fact that originally they actually broadcast to separate areas – 96FM to Cork city and 103FM to Cork county. However that situation changed in the mid-’90s and both stations are now available over the whole of Cork. Advertising agencies are angry that they bought advertising time on both stations, believing them to cover two different areas. The new arrangement takes effect from April.
Cork’s 103FM is changing name. From Wednesday February 6th the station will be known as C103. The new C103 will be available on the same frequencies as Cork’s 103FM and has been designed to offer an entertaining and informative local radio service that is different to anything currently available in the Cork marketplace. In addition, a new programming schedule will be implemented.
The C103 schedule will include a new countywide afternoon show presented by Eric Griffin and a new countywide evening drivetime show fronted by former television presenter Martina O Donoghue.
Kieran McGeary, CEO of Cork’s 96FM and C103, is looking forward to February 6th: “Re-branding Cork’s 103FM to C103 is a very exciting time as it offers us an opportunity to make some subtle changes to the service which will ensure that listeners will love the station even more. We have already developed a very strong and loyal audience over the years and we will continue to satisfy these listeners with our distinctively local talk shows for the north and west Cork regions, our unrivalled GAA coverage and our commitment to country and Irish music. We also believe, however, that the all new C103 will appeal to people not already listening to the station. We are confident that they will love our great mix of music, chat and regular local news updates as well as information on what is happening right across the county. We look forward to developing C103 into a complimentary service for its sister station, Cork’s 96FM, and growing the already hugely impressive audience figures for the combined stations.”
Neil Prendeville – I’ve paid a price for my mistakes was a headline from The Irish Independent dated April 4th 2014
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