Dan Healy has been announced as the new head of RTÉ 2fm.

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

Commenting today, he said of his new role: “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.”

Clare Duignan, Managing Director, RTÉ Radio said: “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.”

The news has followed the latest JNLR listenership figures, which reveal that 2fm is stable at 23% weekly reach with 817,000 listeners.

RTÉ 2fm's peak-time share is steady at 7.2%.

Hector Keeps Her Lit Again is up 4000 to 128,000 listeners book-on-book and up 6000 year-one-year.

The Colm Hayes Show has gained 5000 to 136,000 book-on-book.

Tubridy has stabilised with a marginal loss of 1000 to 159,000 book-on-book.

There are big gains for Weekenders with Paddy and Ruth, which is up 10,000 book-on-book.

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.”