RTÉ Radio 1

Radio life’s a bitch, and then you get told off!

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’.

RTÉ sign football deal

RTÉ have announced details of an agreement with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) which covers television and radio rights for international football on the public service broadcaster up to 2010. Under the terms of the deal, RTÉ has secured the rights to broadcast all of the Republic of Ireland’s competitive home international matches up to the 2010 World Cup on both television and radio. This includes all home qualifiers for the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, and all home qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The deal also allows for live coverage of all home friendly matches on radio, and on a deferred basis on TV, from 1st August 2006 to 30th June 2010.
Speaking about the deal, RTÉ Radio Sport Editor Paddy Glackin said: “RTÉ Radio is looking forward to continuing and developing our long-standing relationship with the FAI, and to bringing a comprehensive national coverage of international soccer to our listeners.”

Wicklow author is 21st Francis MacManus winner

This evening RTÉ Radio 1 announced the winners of the station’s Short Story Competition 2006 in memory of Francis MacManus at an awards ceremony in RTÉ’s Radio Centre in Donnybrook, Dublin.

Hester Casey from Greystones in Wicklow received the first prize of €3,000 and a Waterford Crystal Trophy for her story ‘A Thing of Beauty’. A Thing of Beauty tells the story of Nora who lives out her loveless marriage to Jim against the daily rituals of an Irish farm, her life of quiet desperation punctuated only by bouts of violence.

Presenting Hester with her award, Ana Leddy, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said: “A Thing of Beauty is a story of great emotional depth that captures the harsh realism of Nora’s existence. Hester’s style is ideal for radio and I’m looking forward to hearing this, and all of the short-listed stories, brought to life on the national airwaves over this summer.”

Geraldine Mills from Rosscahill, Co. Galway received the second prize of €2,000 for her story ‘The Weight of Feathers’. The Weight of Feathers is a charming retelling of the Greek myth of Dedalus and Icarus which illustrates the danger of flying too close to the sun.

Dubliner Gavin Corbett received third prize for his story ‘For Scrap’. For Scrap tells the story of a group of men driving up from the country to Dublin with a van-load of scrap to sell. The author creates a totally believable world of male bonding, friction and ultimately, survival.

The 2006 competition attracted almost 700 entries from all over Ireland and from Irish people living abroad. The panel were impressed by the high standard of the entries and selected 20 entries for the short-list. All of these stories will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 over the summer, starting with the winning entry.

The competition for original short stories for radio commemorates the distinguished broadcaster and novelist Francis Mac Manus (1909 – 1965) who was a major influence in encouraging writers and developing radio as a medium for the expression of ideas and the promotion of new writing. This is the 21st year of the competition.

Eamon and Áine to cover for Marian over Easter

On Easter Sunday, which falls on this coming weekend, Eamon Dunphy will present Marian Finucane’s slot from 11am-1pm on RTÉ Radio 1. Áine Lawlor will fill in for Finucane from 11am on Saturday morning. Áine Lawlor is one of the main presenters of Morning Ireland, RTÉ Radio 1’s weekday current affairs and news programme, while Eamon regularly presents Conversations with Eamon Dunphy at 9am on Saturdays on RTÉ Radio 1 and is a football panellist on RTÉ Television.

The Marian Finucane Show on Saturday with Áine Lawlor will follow the same format as Marian’s regular show with guests in studio and live interviews. On Sunday Eamon will be looking at the headlines and reviewing the week’s papers with a panel of guests in studio.

RTÉ Radio 1 to close its medium wave service

RTÉ have announced that it will close its RTÉ Radio 1 Medium Wave service on March 24th. The company says that the medium wave service offers poor value for money, is environmentally unsound and is out of date. It also cites poor quality reception and audio as reasons for the cessation. The closure will not affect RTÉ Radio 1’s existing FM or Long Wave services.

RTÉ’s MW service was launched in 1926 but listeners gradually migrated to the superior sound quality of FM when it was introduced in the 1970s. Today, more than 90% of RTÉ Radio 1 listening is via its FM service. In addition the growth of new platforms such as podcasting, mobile phones and digital radio, mean that radio audiences have a much wider choice of when and how to listen.

JP Coakley, Head of Operations at RTÉ Radio says: “Our audience research tells us that MW listening is largely based on habit rather than necessity. Our job now is to convince MW listeners that there are other ways to listen that are as good as, if not better, than Medium Wave.”

Once the MW transmission service is switched off in March, listeners who tune into MW specifically for additional RTÉ Radio 1 programming, such as weekday sports broadcasts and religious services, will find those programmes on 252LW and on a range of digital platforms.

RTÉ Radio 1’s LW service was introduced in 2004 and was upgraded in 2007. The signal carries throughout Ireland and into Britain.

RTÉ will launch a public information campaign for MW listeners next Friday. The campaign includes on-air MW announcements, newsletters and press releases for listeners, representative bodies and stakeholder groups; an information number to call for assistance on tuning to FM and a voucher scheme providing half-price FM/LW radios for those most in need

Marian Finucane Gets Pro-Active at the Weekends

RTÉ Radio have announced Flora Pro-active as the new twelve month sponsor of ‘The Marian Finucane Show’. The deal commenced at the weekend.

Following more than 23 years broadcasting on RTÉ Radio 1, Marian Finucane has now positioned both her Saturday and Sunday shows as essential weekend listening. Recent JNLR figures show Marian’s Saturday show as the third most listened to radio programme in Ireland with 347,000 listeners and her Sunday show is the eighth most listened to, delivering 281,000 listeners every week. Recent guests have included: Nuala O’Faoláin, Brian O’Driscoll, Louis Walsh, Daniel Day Lewis, President Mary McAleese, Ronnie Drew, Kim Cattrell, Chef Dylan McGrath, Minister Mary Harney, Tommy Tiernan, American Ambassador Thomas C Foley, Sean Fitzpatrick and Professor Brendan Drumm.

RTÉ Radio Sponsorship Manager, Tara Farrell said: “In what has been a very strong year for RTÉ Radio Sales, Flora pro-active is without doubt the perfect sponsorship fit for Ireland’s number one weekend radio show and an excellent start to 2009.”

The 12 month sponsorship package includes four sponsor credited stings per show on both Saturday & Sunday plus pre-promotional spots in Joe Duffy’s ‘Liveline’, ‘Conversations with Eamon Dunphy’ and ‘The Business’.

Other recent deals for RTÉ Radio include Ladbroke’s sponsorship of the Weekend Sport on RTÉ Radio 1; Centra’s sponsorship of RTÉ 2FM’s timechecks; Benecol have signed up to a second year of ‘The Tubridy Show’ and AIB have also renewed their sponsorship of ‘Drivetime Sport with Des Cahill’ for a second year.

Marian Finucane was honoured earlier this year with PPI Lifetime Achievement Award.

Old Fogey Warns Young Fogey to Earn His Spurs

Ryan Tubridy has been warned by broadcasting rival Pat Kenny to slow down and earn his spurs. That’s according to today’s Sunday Tribune. Kenny’s tirade comes after Tubridy voiced his opinion that his morning show on RTÉ Radio 1 should be extended. This, of course, would eat into Pat Kenny’s own programme on the station. In addition, Tubridy said he’d like to see his Saturday night TV show moved to Friday nights, the night when Kenny presents ‘The Late Late Show’.

“There’s a new boss (Clare Duignan) in radio and she could put Ryan Tubridy on 2FM for all I know,” says Pat. “I have no interest in what might be good for Ryan to be honest…he’s doing all sorts of things. He’s only 35, he’s a young man in a terrible hurry to do everything that everyone before him has done.”

Kenny revealed that he has just signed a contract to do a two hour primetime show on radio every day.

First ever female presenter for Sunday Sport

From Sunday one of RTÉ Sport’s newer faces and voices, Jacqui Hurley, will co-host Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 along with one of the show’s former anchors, Con Murphy. This is the first time in the show’s almost 40 year history that it will be co-hosted and the first time ever that it will have a female host.

Jacqui says: “I’m looking forward to this new challenge. Con and I are planning a fast-paced show with plenty of listener interaction and opinion, some laughs and of course, some serious sports news, commentaries and updates!”

The revamped show will be a fast-moving live sports programme, with commentators and reporters at all the main sports events of the day, including Gaelic Football and Hurling Championship and League games, Rugby internationals and provincial matches, football from home and abroad, and interviews with all the top sportsmen and women in the news.

Jacqui joined RTÉ Sport in 2006. She now appears as a weekly sports contributor on Seoige and is the voice of sport on RTÉ 2FM’s Breakfast Show with Colm & Jim-Jim on weekday mornings.

Originally from Ballinahassig in Cork, Jacqui started her media career as an intern with CBS television station in Mississippi in the United States where she learned all the nuts and bolts of television reporting and more specifically sports reporting. After college she went on to work for local Limerick radio station Live 95FM and was given her first big sporting opportunity working at Munster’s 2006 Heineken Cup success.

Con Murphy’s career in broadcasting began in the late 1980s with Century Radio, where he worked as a sports producer and presenter. Following the closure of Century, Con became sports editor at Dublin station FM104, before joining RTÉ Radio’s Sports team in 1992. He has hosted RTÉ Radio’s coverage of the 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games coverage. He has reported from the World Cup finals in Japan and Korea in 2002, and counts RTÉ Radio’s coverage of the 2006 Ryder Cup from the K Club as one of his favourite commentating experiences.

Con has presented all of RTÉ Radio’s main sports programmes at various times through the years and has also shown his versatility by standing in for Ryan Tubridy, Marian Finucane, and Rachel English on RTÉ on different occasions. Con has presented a wide range of sports programmes on RTÉ Television including Monday Night Soccer, Against the Head, Premiership and World Cup soccer and The Irish Open Golf and many more sports. He also co-presents the monthly programme, Crimecall on RTÉ Television along with Anne Cassin.

Sunday Sport has been on air since 1971 and was first presented by Paddy O’Brien. Other presenters throughout the past four decades have included Liam Nolan, Bill O’Herlihy, Eamonn Ó’Muirí, Jimmy Magee, Des Cahill and Adrian Eames.

Airticity to bring sparks to Ryan Tubridy’s show

RTÉ Radio 1 have announced Airtricity as the new sponsor of ‘The Tubridy Show’. The 12 month sponsorship commenced this week.

With 352,000 listeners, RTÉ Radio 1’s The Tubridy Show is the fifth most-listened-to radio programme nationally. Airtricity supplies home electricity to customers in Ireland.

On his daily Tubridy Show, Ryan brings his unique style to the airwaves every weekday morning, with personal feature interviews and a range of regular features from the monthly Book Club to regular regional outside broadcasts.

Broadcasting in the weekday slot of 9-10am, this sponsorship package will include three Airtricity credited stings per day or 15 per week, as well as five sponsor credited promos per week in ‘Morning Ireland’, ‘Today with Pat Kenny’, ‘Liveline’, ‘Drivetime with Mary Wilson’ and ‘News at One’.

RTÉ Radio’s Sponsorship Manager Tara Farrell said: “This sponsorship increases yet again the number of sponsored programmes on RTÉ Radio. From Tubridy on RTE Radio 1 to Rick O’Shea on 2FM, this latest announcement gets 2010 off to a cracking start. Last year saw radio sponsorship out-perform 2008 figures. Throughout the depth of recession, sponsorship remained one of the few growth areas and it looks like it will stay that way in 2010. RTÉ Radio offers businesses and brands unparalleled access to consumers and the proof is in the listening with more programme sponsorships coming to air than ever before.”

Eleven RTÉ broadcasts nominated for Celtic awards

Eleven RTÉ Television and Radio broadcasts have been shortlisted for the 2011 Celtic Media Awards across 10 different categories. There are seven RTÉ Television programmes, three RTÉ Radio programmes and one RTÉ Radio personality nominated. RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta has been shortlisted for ‘Station of the Year’. The station previously won the award in 2009 and was shortlisted in 2010.

Rónán Mac Aodha Bhuí, presenter of Rónán Beo @3 on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, is nominated for Radio Personality of the Year

Three RTÉ Radio documentaries are nominated in the Radio Documentary category. “I Could Have Danced All Night” and “Mad About Ned”, both broadcast in the RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary on One slot, are nominated. I Could Have Danced All Night traces the path of well-known Ennis character, Michael Tierney, who before his time, wore make-up and had a large collection of wigs, some blonde with pigtails and others jet-black like Elvis, and Mad about Ned tells the story of 80 year old Traveller man Ned McDonagh, whose passion for singing lifts spirits wherever he goes.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta documentary, “Athrú Saoil – An tSiúr Mairéad Mic Dhonnchadha”, tells the story of Sister Máiréad Nic Dhonnchadha from Spiddal who made the decision to become a nun at 50 years of age, having spent most of her life until then working in the Central Bank.

The Celtic Media Festival’s aim is to promote the languages and cultures of the Celtic countries on screen and in broadcasting. The 2011 Celitc Media Festival takes place from 13th to 15th April in the Western Isles, Scotland

Claire Byrne to present Radio 1’s Late Debate

Claire Byrne will return to radio with RTÉ Radio 1’s late-night political and current affairs programme, ‘Late Debate’, for the duration of Election 2011 from this Monday, January 31st at 10pm.

Claire Byrne will return to radio with RTÉ Radio 1’s late-night political and current affairs programme, 'Late Debate', for the duration of Election 2011 from this Monday, January 31st at 10pm.

“I’m looking forward to being right at the heart of all the political action with RTÉ Radio 1’s election team. It’ll be nice to be back on the airwaves again after a five month break from radio”, says Claire.

Claire currently presents television programme, The Daily Show, on RTÉ One and has a wealth of broadcasting experience spanning 13 years in the business. She began her career in radio and worked for the BBC in the Channel Islands as a broadcast journalist before becoming News Editor with Channel 103FM.

Claire has worked as a News Anchor with Channel 5 and the ITN News Channel in England, as news anchor for TV3’s Ireland AM and TV3’s main evening news. Claire was co-presenter of Newstalk’s breakfast programme for four years and in that time covered the 2007 General Election. Claire Byrne is also a regular host and MC at awards events and ceremonies throughout the year.

RTÉ Radio 1 Late Debate provides discussion and analysis of politics and current affairs with politicians, commentators and the country’s key political and parliamentary correspondents. The night-time series focuses on events in Dáil Éireann, Seanad Éireann and the committees of the Oireachtas and how these events shape our political landscape.

RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Debate with Claire Byrne will air Monday to Thursday from 10pm to 11pm for Election 2011.

Green Tea for Saturday Mornings On RTÉ Radio 1

From tomorrow morning RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast a dedicated political satire show in a popular Saturday morning slot for the fist time in ten years. ‘Green Tea’, a new series from the makers of ‘Nob Nation’, will air at 10.30am for the duration of Election 2011.

Mimic and satirist Oliver Callan (pictured), one of the show’s scriptwriters, says: “We are delighted that RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast Green Tea in the old ‘Scrap Saturday’ slot because there’s no doubt that satirical commentary on the changing face of Irish society is needed at the moment. We’re going to take a look at politics, the banking sector, the judiciary, the GAA, the media, the arty set and the various characters that make Ireland so interesting.”

Green Tea will follow various political heavyweights, including Eamon Gilbore, Moan Burton, the Baron of Northstead (aka Gerry Adams) and new characters such as Richard-Boyd-Gladstone-Tudor-Barrett. Micky Martin from Fianna Fáil will be joined on the election campaign trail by veteran politicians such as Mammy O’Rourke.

The show will also feature well-known Irish broadcasters and media personalities including Marian Finucane, Séan O’Rourke, Vincent Browne, footballer Paul Galvin and showbiz impresario Louis Walsh, who will be joined by his show band side-kick Albert Reynolds.

Green Tea debuted with two episodes on RTÉ Radio 1 in December 2010.