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The Stars Line Up for New Season on RTÉ Radio 1

RTÉ Radio 1 demonstrated today why it is Ireland's most-listened-to radio station.

Top RTÉ Radio 1 presenters Joe Duffy, Séan O’Rourke, Claire Byrne, Miriam O’Callaghan, Ronan Collins, Derek Mooney, Mary Wilson, Sean Rocks and John Creedon were just some of the names attending today’s photo-call in RTÉ.

Jim Jennings, Acting MD of RTÉ Radio said: “Today we launch a winning schedule that demonstrates the diversity and depth of Radio 1. RTÉ is committed to delivering engaging and compelling public service programmes, and this is at the heart of RTÉ Radio 1’s mission. With quality, impartial programming right through the day, Radio 1 is bigger than any one presenter; it’s truly a team effort, from dawn to dusk, and our listeners can be assured that once the dial is set, there’s no need to go elsewhere.”

Tom McGuire, Acting Head of Radio 1, announced a range of new arts and features, drama, documentary, news and current affairs and sports output on Radio 1, while RTÉ also confirmed details of new programming and features on RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm, RTÉ Ráidio na Gaeltachta and RTÉ Digital Radio.

RTÉ Radio 1 Daytime & Weekends
Today with Sean O’Rourke, the mid-morning current affairs magazine debuts with all the stories of the day, including sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest. Ronan Collins continues to be the most listened to music programme in the country. Joe Duffy returns with Liveline, the number one talk show in Ireland, and will continue to air the country’s concerns, giving voice to the issues affecting people’s daily lives.

Drivetime with Mary Wilson continues, with weekly columnists including Olivia O’Leary, and extended sport every Friday. Late Debate also returns, with Audrey Carville back in the chair.

Weekend entertainment on RTÉ Radio 1 will continue to sparkle as Marian Richardson will be recapping the week’s highlights as she returns with Playback. Saturday with Claire Byrne returns on Saturday 21st September, with Brian Dowling in the hot-seat in Claire’s absence. The programme will be live from Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Limerick and the Labour Party Conference in Killarney in November.

The annual Budget takes place on 15 October and RTÉ Radio 1 will have a special edition of Drivetime and the annual budget phone-in on Today with Séan O’Rourke. Special programming for the forthcoming Referenda include outside broadcasts and studio debates ahead of referenda on Seanad abolition and Courts on Friday October 4 and on Saturday October 5 RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast a special results programming.

The National Ploughing Championships are taking place in Co. Laois on 24-26 September and RTÉ Radio 1 will be there. Today with Sean O’Rourke and Liveline’s Funny Thursday will both be broadcasting in the RTÉ marquee. More:

News & Current Affairs on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlight: Claire Byrne joins Morning Ireland; Séan O’Rourke heads up Today; Áine Lawlor and Richard Crowley join News at One
Punctuating the day with news, weather and sport, RTÉ Radio 1’s news and current affairs output sets the gold standard in Irish broadcasting. Morning Ireland, News at One, This Week and World Report all return, capturing the breaking stories and offering the best in news and analysis. And with the most highly evolved web-presence in Irish broadcasting, RTÉ Radio 1’s news services are available globally, anytime, anywhere. More:

Sport on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlights: Extensive Heineken Cup coverage and all of Ireland’s November rugby internationals
RTÉ Radio 1 is geared up for an autumn of top class sporting coverage. In Gaelic Games we have exclusive national commentary on the All Ireland hurling and football finals. We follow the Republic of Ireland soccer team’s quest for a place in the 2014 World Cup, with commentary on all of the remaining qualifying matches. As the rugby season gets going we will have extensive Heineken Cup coverage featuring all four Irish provinces and we will also carry exclusive coverage all three of Ireland’s November internationals including the visit of the world champions New Zealand to Dublin. More:

Arts and Features on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlights: Two new book programmes and nationwide OBs for Culture Night
John Kelly presents Irish Noir, a BAI funded four-part series looking at the development of Irish crime fiction. The Book Show will be presented by Sinead Gleeson. Arts Tonight, presented by Vincent Woods, returns to its weekly slot. Arena continues the autumn season in its new slot of 7pm, while Sunday Miscellany, one of RTÉ Radio 1’s longest running and most beloved programmes, remains in the schedule on Sundays at 9am, providing a much-honoured home for new Irish writing. More:

Drama on One, on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlights: Pat Shortt gets dramatic on Radio 1, and new works by Donal O’Kelly & Gary Mitchell
Shorts Shortts, a new series of short plays features the dramatic and comic skills of actor and comedian Pat Shortt. Five Irish writers, Mike Finn, Jane Coyle, James Finlan, Sean O’Doherty and Pat O’Connor span the historical, the romantic, the dramatic, and the tragic in Shortt’s plays.
Skeffy, Donal O’Kelly’s exploration of Francis Sheehy Skeffington, or Hairy Jesus as James Joyce called him, debuts alongside Volunteers by Gary Mitchell. More:

Documentary on One, on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlights: Maeve Higgins on love, Michael Jackson in Ireland and pregnancy tests for dogs: the world’s most successful radio documentary strand has some treats in store for the new season.
Among scores of new documentary output, comedian Maeve Higgins will take an irreverent look at love and single life for people in their mid to late 30s, while the documentary team also take a look at the Irish legacy of an iconic musician, Michael Jackson. Other programmes feature Rolo, the horse who was about to be slaughtered for meat at a horse factory, but subsequently went on to win race after race at some of the biggest horse racing meetings in Ireland. We close out the year on a very personal journey – of a single woman who has chosen the path of parenthood through sperm donation. More:

Music on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlights: The RTÉ Big Music Week train tours around Ireland with plenty of musical surprises along the way.
This autumn, RTÉ Radio 1 together with the other RTÉ radio stations, RTÉ One and RTÉ.ie, will hold the 4th annual RTÉ Big Music Week. From Monday 30th September to Friday 4th October, the RTÉ Big Music Week train will travel through Ireland, departing from Bray, Co. Wicklow and weaving its way through Wicklow, Dublin, Kildare, Carlow, Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Galway, Mayo, Offaly, Leitrim, and Longford. More:

Music and Entertainment on RTÉ Radio 1
Highlights: Kathryn Thomas returns with a new series, while Mary Black presents a special tribute to Joni Mitchell.
Kathryn Thomas takes her musical passport to Rwanda, Africa. Twenty years on, Kathryn explores the role of music during the genocide and the impact the mass killing had on the music industry. In Celebrating Joni Mitchell at 70 Mary Black, one of Ireland’s finest and most-loved singers, takes us through her Joni Mitchell collection as the Canadian legend celebrates her 70th birthday.

Meanwhile Oliver Callan returns with his weekly satirical swipe at well-known faces in the world of entertainment, politics and sport with Callan’s Kicks. The John Murray Show with Miriam will partner with the Bord Gáis National Book Awards to bring you the best of Irish and international books and authors this autumn, and Mooney will bring listeners the ninth successful Mooney Tunes series, in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. More:

For further information on the RTÉ Radio new season schedules, including RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Digital Radio, please visit the new season website.

Twitter: @RTERadio1


RTÉ Radio 1

  • Latest JNLR: RTÉ Radio 1 weekly reach steady at 37%, 1,325,000
  • Latest JNLR: RTÉ Radio 1 Weekday Reach steady at 24% with 864,000 listeners
  • Latest JNLR: RTÉ Radio 1 remains the only station in Ireland with a weekly reach of over 1M

Recent Programme Figures:

  • Morning Ireland up 7,000 b-o-b to 450,000 and 6,000 y-o-y
  • The John Murray Show with Miriam up 3,000 to 330,000 b-o-b and 3,000 y-o-y
  • Today Programme up 3,000 b-o-b to 328,000
  • Ronan Collins up 4,000 listeners b-o-b to 218,000
  • Mooney up 1,000 b-o-b to 225,000
  • News at One up 8,000 listeners year-on-year to 365,000