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2fm Announces New Station Head as it Welcomes Latest JNLR Figures

Dan Healy is the new Head of RTÉ 2fm

2fm is stable both BoB and YoY at 23% weekly reach, with 817,000 listeners

  • RTÉ 2fm peak-time share steady at 7.2%
  • Hector Keeps Her Lit Again, up 4000 to 128,000 listeners b-o-b, and up 6000 year-on-year
  • The Colm Hayes Show gains impressive 5000 to 136,000 b-o-b
  • Tubridy stabilises with marginal loss of 1000 to 159,000 b-o-b
  • Big gains for Weekenders (Saturday) with Paddy and Ruth, up 10,000 b-o-b
  • Dave Fanning gains 6000 listeners on Saturday b-o-b
  • RTÉ 2fm Sunday peak-time share grows to 6.5% (+0.4pts)

Clare Duignan, Managing Director, RTÉ Radio says: “I’m delighted today to announce Dan Healy as the new Head of RTÉ 2fm. Dan’s track record in the industry is unparalleled. 2fm is a core priority for RTÉ – it’s vital that RTÉ, as the public service broadcaster, meet the needs of younger listeners and this appointment is a significant statement of confidence in the future of 2fm.”

Commenting on today’s figures, Ms Duignan said: “Last year we had a run of four really encouraging books for 2fm, and these figures are a continuation of that success. Hector has gained, Colm has gained, Larry has gained ... Ryan Tubridy has had a marginal drop to 159,000, down 1000, and this is a conclusive indication that his listenership is stable and loyal, and there to be grown.”

Dan Healy is currently CEO of Independent Radio Sales, having previously served as CEO of both Newstalk and 98FM. He is a co-founder of iRadio.

Commenting today, Dan Healy said: “I am absolutely delighted to accept the appointment as Head of RTÉ 2fm. It is a wonderful and challenging opportunity to play a significant role in the further development of the station. It’s a well-worn phrase in radio circles, but it’s also true that RTÉ 2fm is a sleeping giant. It plays a hugely important role in providing outstanding music, sport, entertainment, news and information to its legion of listeners.

There are big commercial challenges ahead for the station, but 2fm has the listenership base, the talent and the energy to turn around. My goal is to make 2fm the most-listened-to music and entertainment station in Ireland.”

RTÉ 2fm today welcomed book on book gains in key slots, with gains for Hector, Colm Hayes and Larry Gogan. There were also notable gains on Saturday for Weekend Breakfast, Dave Fanning and Weekenders with Paddy McKenna and Ruth Scott, up 6000 and 10000 respectively. New sport programme Game On debuted with an impressive 20,000.


Damien Farrelly up 3,000 b-o-b and 6,000 y-o-y to 13,000

Breakfast with Hector up 4,000 b-on-b and 6,000 y-on-y to 128,000

Colm Hayes up 5,000 b-o-b to 136,000

Larry Gogan’s Golden Hour up 1,000 b-o-b to 84,000


Weekend Breakfast (Saturday) up 8,000 b-o-b to 71,000

Mark McCabe up 7,000 to 111,000 b-o-b

Jenny Greene’s Electric Disco up 2,000 y-o-y to 19,000

Weekenders with Ruth Scott and Paddy McKenna (Saturday) up 10,000 b-o-b and 19,000 y-o-y to 101,000

Damien Farrally up 8,000 y-o-y and 1,000 b-o-b to 47,000

Dave Clarke’s White Noise up 1,000 b-o-b to 3,000

The Best of Tubridy up 2,000 b-o-b and 3,000 y-o-y to 55,000

Michael Cahill up 10,000 y-o-y to 44,000

The Battle Axe up 8,000 y-o-y and 7,000 b-o-b to 20,000