Station has sound basis for success is a headline from The Cork Examiner dated January 29th 1989.
County Sound hits the airwaves was a headline from The Evening Echo dated January 27th 1990.
96FM to use old CBC was a headline from The Irish Examiner dated July 9th 1994.
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.
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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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.
THOUSANDS OF VOTES IN SURVIVE IT TO DRIVE IT ON CORK’S 96& 103FM IN ASSOCIATION WITH AER RIANTA TRAVEL VALUE AND RIGHT PRICE TILES
Votes for the Survive It to Drive It Contestants have been flooding in since the four contestants entered the Volkswagon Beetle at 8am yesterday morning.
At the time of writing 23,000 votes have been cast and 7,000 of those were cast in the early hours of the morning as late night listeners to Cork’s 96&103FM decided to get involved.
So far, the contestants have remained friendly and civil although there have been some lulls in conversation! Stewart Dollery has admitted that the most difficult aspect of life in the Beetle for him is being nice to everyone!
According to 96 & 103FM staff who are by the car 24 hours a day, the contestants had a fitful night’s sleep. They all had a consistent two hours sleep from 6am to 8am with the exception of Peadar Noonan. Even though a break period came up in this time, Peadar kindly sacrificed the opportunity for a much-needed cigarette because it would have meant waking the others in order for him to get out of the car.
Their Tuesday task was set on air for them on the Neil Prendeville show shortly after 11am. The main task that the carmates have to complete is to write and perform a 500-word Mills and Boon-style story complete with sound effects, which they will generate from the car and themselves.
They were urged by Neil to make the story “as X-rated as you wish!”. The task must be completed by 6pm this evening and will be broadcast on Evening Drivetime.
In the meantime, however, they have two mini tasks to complete the first being to eat as many kernels of sweetcorn with a toothpick as they possibly can the winner of this task will receive a much needed 20 minute massage this afternoon.
The four carmates passed Monday’s task when they performed their own Survive It To Drive It version of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’ on toy instruments. Although not the most tuneful of efforts the carmates won themselves champagne courtesy of Rocomore Chocolates, The Savoy Centre, Cork. The three drinkers in the car (Peadar is a teetotaller) decided against indulging in a tipple yesterday evening, however, citing the fact that they only had two hourly toilet breaks as the reason!
Riona also completed a second task and won herself ten minutes extra time on one of her breaks when she successfully won yesterday’s face painting and balloon shape making mini task.
The first eviction is due to take place tomorrow morning at 11am in Blackpool shopping centre on The Neil Prendeville show so listeners are urged to cast their votes.
Cork’s 96 & 103FM is keeping a constant eye on the contestants by webcam and by live feeds from the car to the station, which can be accessed at random.
The fate of the carmates is in your hands to vote for the contestant youwant to see win the car be sure to dial 1550 717 707. Or similarly text yourvote to 53305 choosing R for Riona, P for Peadar, G for Geoff and S forStewart to keep them in the car.
For further details and for round the clock live coverage of Survive It To Drive It please contact Nicole Walsh at 021 455 15 96 and log on to 96fm.ie/103fm.ie
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.”