Latest JNLR Headlines for RTÉ Radio


  • RTÉ's radio services reach over two million adults* or 48% every week  

  • RTÉ holds 17 of the top 20 radio programmes broadcasting in Ireland 

  • RTÉ Radio 1 remains the only station with a weekly reach of over one million** with gains of +29,000 BoB and +68,000 YoY 

  • RTÉ 2fm weekday reaches increases by 1% YoY to 9% 

  • RTÉ lyric FM has 322,000 listeners on a weekly basis increasing +9,000 BoB, +22,000 YoY 

Since this time last year, 68,000 additional listeners are tuning in to RTÉ Radio 1 across the week. Weekly listenership to RTÉ lyric fm has grown by 22,000 (YoY), while 2fm has increased its weekday reach by 1% year on year.

Commenting on the latest figures Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ Director-General, said:

“The enduring value and relevance of public service media to people in Ireland is clear to see in these latest figures. Over two million adults tune into RTÉ’s radio services every week, and RTÉ Radio 1 remains the only station with a weekly reach of over one million people. It’s especially gratifying to see how more and more young people are connecting with 2fm, a vital element in RTÉ’s public service portfolio, with the service weekday reach up 1% year on year. The loyalty of lyric listeners, alongside the gains in weekday and weekend reach and share for Radio 1, are testament to the continuing connection between audiences and these essential public services. I’d like to thank our listeners, each one, for continuing to choose RTÉ’s radio services and our hard-working production teams and presenters for continuing to serve our audiences.” 

RTÉ Radio 1 

RTÉ Radio 1 reaches 905,000 listeners on a weekday (+25,000 BoB and 66,000 YoY).

  • Morning Ireland remains Ireland’s most listened to radio programme, with 486,000 listeners this book (+23,000 BoB)

  • The Nine O’Clock Show is the second*** most listened to radio programme in Ireland across all stations with 343,000 listeners each weekday.

  • Today with Claire Byrne, from 10am-12noon Monday to Friday, has 341,000 listeners (+10,000 BoB)

  • The Louise Duffy Show has 214,000 listeners (+1,000 BoB) tuning in for great music.

  • News at One with Bryan Dobson has 306,000 listeners (+3,000 BoB)

  • Liveline with Joe Duffy has a listenership of 303,000 (+1,000 BoB)

  • The Ray D'Arcy Show weekday afternoons on RTÉ Radio 1 has 186,000 listeners (+9,000 YoY)

  • Drivetime has 221,000 listeners tuning in every evening (+13,000 YoY).

  • The Brendan O’Connor Show on Saturday has 342,000 listeners (+7,000 BoB) and 343,000 listeners on Sunday*** (+20,000 BoB)

  • Saturday with Colm Ó Mongáin has 222,000 listeners (+16,000 BoB).

  • Saturday Sport/Doc On One from 2-6pm on RTÉ Radio 1 has 204,000 listeners (+24,000) and Sunday Sport has 210,000 listeners (+19,000).

  • The Business on Saturday mornings has 313,000 listeners (+19,000 BoB)

  • Sunday with Miriam has 292,000 listeners (+20,000 BoB)

Peter Woods, Head of RTÉ Radio 1 said:

"This is obviously a very good book for Radio 1, up across weekdays and weekend programming. In the first place I'd like to thank the listeners who continue to put their trust overwhelmingly in this station. There are also our presenters who are the very best, across all genres. Nobody should underestimate what it takes to front a programme and consistently perform, day after day. And there is - above all - the leadership and commitment our production teams provide every single day, which drives everything we do. All of our schedule is performing. Radio 1 has a particular commitment to Irish music and Irish artists, male and female. It is important to emphasise that this works.” 


  • 2FM Breakfast with Doireann, Donncha, and Carl has 146,000 listeners tuning in on weekday mornings (+17,000 YoY)

  • Jennifer Zamparelli on 2FM has 136,000 listeners (+2,000 YoY)

  • Tracy Clifford has 113,000 listeners enjoying great music each lunchtime

  • Drive It with The 2 Johnnies continues to entertain listeners across the country in the afternoons with 150,000 listeners (+31,000 YoY)

  • Laura Fox from 9am-12noon has 121,000 listeners on Saturdays (+3,000 BoB) and 115,000 on Sunday (+1,000 BoB)

  • Roz and Emma on 2FM from 12-3pm have 126,000 listeners on Saturdays (+3,000 BoB) and 105,000 listeners on Sunday (+4,000 BoB)

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ Radio Strategy and RTÉ 2FM said:

“It is great that 2fm has consolidated audiences gained in the last survey. Listeners have been retained in general right across the daytime schedule. The new weekend schedule, which started this time last year, is going from strength to strength with Laura Fox and Roz and Emma on 2FM continuing to grow from survey to survey. 2fm has always led the charge in promoting Irish produced music to the front and centre and we are looking forward the RTÉ Choice Music Prize on March 7th which will be hosted by Tracy Clifford and broadcast live on 2fm." 

RTÉ lyric fm   

  • Niall Carroll's Classical Drivetime has 47,000 listeners (+6,000 YoY)

  • Marty in the Morning has 56,000 listeners each weekday morning

  • Liz Nolan's The Full Score/ Aedín in the Afternoon (Friday) has 47,000 listeners

  • Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive has 63,000 listeners (+8,000 YoY)

  • Aedín Gormley's Movies and Musicals every Saturday afternoon has 54,000 listeners

  • Opera Night has 29,000 listeners (+11,000 YoY)

  • Evonne Ferguson’s Daybreak has 37,000 listeners (+15,000 YoY)

  • Hamilton Scores with George Hamilton has 47,000 listeners (+11,000 YoY) - Saturday

  • Seán Rocks on Sunday has 42,000 listeners

Sinéad Wylde, Head of RTÉ lyric fm said: 

“It's very positive for the team at RTÉ lyric fm to see sustained growth and stability in our daytime programming. We are delighted to welcome our 22,000 additional listeners over the last year right across the weekly schedule: 6,000 on Niall Carroll's Classical Daytime and 8,000 new listeners coming to Lorcan Murray's Classic DriveMarty in the Morning continues to attract 56,000 who start their day in the Marty Whelan way.  Listeners continue to come to RTÉ lyric fm as a place to unwind from their busy lives and experience the unifying power of music on RTÉ lyric 'Where Life Sounds Better'.”