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Newstalk (formerly NewsTalk 106) is an independent radio station in Ireland. It is operated by News 106 Limited, a subsidiary of Denis O'Brien's Communicorp, and broadcasts under a sound broadcasting contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Newstalk
Newstalk Logo from 15th March 2013.jpg
Broadcast areaIreland
Slogan"It's not just News you know"
FrequencyFM: 106-108 MHz
Virgin Media Ireland: 932
Sky Ireland & Sky UK: 0210
Astra 2G: 11171 H 22000 5/6
First air date9 April 2002 (as NewsTalk 106)
29 September 2006 (as national station)
FormatNews and talk
OwnerCommunicorp
Sister stationsToday FM
Dublin's 98FM
Spin 1038
Spin South West
Websitewww.newstalk.com

The station is a "quasi-national" (covering most, but not all of the state) station as of 29 September 2006, previously having been an Independent Local Radio station with a franchise for Dublin.

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FormatEdit

The station is the only commercial radio station in Ireland to take on an exclusively news based format. News is broadcast every hour. The station's flagship morning programme is Newstalk Breakfast, presented, inter alia, by Shane Coleman, Paul Williams and Alan Quinlan with Vincent Wall presenting business coverage.

SchedulesEdit

The stations schedules as of April 2019 are as follows:

Mondays to Fridays

  • 6.00am - Breakfast Briefing: The latest news stories to start the day from the Newstalk team
  • 6.30am - Breakfast Business: The main business news stories of the morning with Vincent Wall
  • 7.00am - Newstalk Breakfast: The stations flagship breakfast show hosted by Shane Coleman and Kieran Cuddihy
  • 9.00am - The Pat Kenny Show: Pat brings mid-morning debate and discussion on current affairs and human interest stories
  • 12.00pm - Lunchtime Live: Ciara Kelly presents the lunchtime show which goes behind the headlines and stories of the day
  • 2.00pm - Moncrieff: Sean Moncrieff presents his eclectic show covering news, politics, celebrity, science and everything else
  • 4.00pm - The Hard Shoulder: Ivan Yates brings his unique, straight talking drive-time show covering everything from politics to sport
  • 7.00pm - Off The Ball: A men's mid-evening talk show with stories and features directed more to the male listeners
  • 10.00pm - The Tom Dunne Show (Mondays to Thursdays): A nightly entertainment driven magazine show
  • 10.00pm - Splanc (Fridays Only): A relaxed radio show in Irish with Cuán Ó Flatharta
  • 12.00am - Best of Newstalk: Through the small hours, Newstalk repeats some of the best moments of the previous day's output

Saturdays

  • 7.00am - Team 33: A football morning magazine programme with Raf Diallo and Joe Coffey
  • 8.00am - Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh: A relaxed start to your weekend morning with news and features
  • 9.00am - The Home Show with Sinead Ryan: Interior design, art, architecture and more are covered in this weekend show
  • 10.00am - Down to Business with Bobby Kerr: A lively business magazine programme
  • 12.00pm - Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea: Newstalk's flagship science magazine programme
  • 1.00pm - Off the Ball: Your weekend sports news coverage from Newstalk's sport team
  • 6.00pm - Screen Time with John Fardy: John casts an eye over the week's big film releases, with interviews with stars of the films
  • 7.00pm - Soundscape: The best in content on specialist topics from Ireland and around the world commissioned by Newstalk
  • 8.00pm - Between the Lines with Andrea Gilligan: Andrea presents her own perspective on the week's top news stories
  • 9.00pm - Documentary and Drama on Newstalk: Home grown documentaries and radio dramas commissioned by Newstalk
  • 10.00pm - Best of The Pat Kenny Show - selected highlights from the previous week's shows with Pat and his guests
  • 11.00pm - Best of The Hard Shoulder - selected highlights from the previous week's shows with Ivan Yates
  • 12.00am - Best of Newstalk: Through the small hours, Newstalk repeats some of the best moments of the previous day's output

Sundays

  • 7.00am - Documentary and Drama on Newstalk: Home grown documentaries and radio dramas commissioned by Newstalk
  • 8.00am - Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh: A relaxed start to your weekend morning with news and features
  • 9.00am - Alive and Kicking with Clare McKenna: Health magazine programme with Clare McKenna
  • 10.00am - Taking Stock with Vincent Wall: Vincent takes a global look at the business news stories of the past week
  • 11.00am - On the Record with Gavin Reilly: Gavin presents discussion and debate on politics, policy and current affairs
  • 1.00pm - Off the Ball: Your weekend sports news coverage from Newstalk's sport team
  • 7.00pm - Tech Talk with Jessica Kelly: Technology news programme
  • 8.00pm - Talking History with Patrick Geoghegan: Presented by Dr Patrick Geoghegan of Trinity College Dublin, this unique and lively show takes a critical look at some of the great personalities and political, social and cultural events in history.
  • 9.00pm - Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea: Newstalk's flagship science magazine programme
  • 10.00pm - The Tom Dunne Show: A nightly entertainment driven magazine show
  • 12.00am - The Home Show with Sinead Ryan: Interior design, art, architecture and more are covered in this weekend show (repeat of Saturday's edition)
  • 1.00am - Screen Time with John Fardy: John casts an eye over the week's big film releases, with interviews with stars of the films (repeat of Saturday's edition)
  • 2.00am - Between the Lines with Andrea Gilligan: Andrea presents her own perspective on the week's top news stories (an edited repeat of Saturday's edition)
  • 2.30am - Best of Newstalk: Through the small hours, Newstalk repeats some of the best moments of the previous day's output[1]

Audience shareEdit

From January 2009 to December 2009, Newstalk recorded a national weekday reach of 8% and a market share of 4%, in the Dublin region Newstalk had a reach of 12% share of audience, in Cork Newstalk's reach was 8%,while in the rest of the country Newstalk's share was 6%.[2]

HistoryEdit

In 1999 the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) invited applications for a number of new Dublin radio services, expanding on the then duopoly of 98FM and FM104. One was for a speech-based radio service. The Independent Local Radio (ILR) national news provider Independent Network News, was one of two applicants for this licence, and its applicant company, News 106, was awarded the franchise. However before the station even went on air, several ILR companies decided that they did not want to be part of the venture, and the station's shareholding was restructured, with at launch, 98FM, FM104, Clare FM, Carlow Kildare Radio, LMFM, East Coast Radio, South East Radio and WLR FM, along with Setanta, being the shareholders in the company.

The station first went on air (under its original name NewsTalk 106) on 9 April 2002, with David McWilliams the first presenter. In its original format, it offered Twenty-Twenty News, every twenty minutes. The first 20/20 news bulletins were presented by several newsreaders including Eimear Lowe, James Healy, Dyane Connor, Dimitri O'Donnell, Sean Archibald and Abigail Reilly. In September 2004 the news service was reduced to every thirty minutes ("News 30") along with a revamped news team to replace the original journalists who had left the station by this stage. In Summer 2004, the station signed Eamon Dunphy, dropping David McWilliams, resulting in controversy.[3] In 2004, FM104 was forced to sell its stake as a condition of its takeover by Scottish Radio Holdings. This meant that Communicorp was able to take majority control of the station. Setanta and Hyper Trust remained as minority shareholders.

In 2005, Elaine Geraghty, the original co-presenter of the breakfast time programme on 98FM, was appointed Chief Executive. On 22 May 2006, the BCI announced that its new quasi-national speech-based contract was being awarded to Newstalk, who retained their 106 MHz frequency in Dublin while surrendering its Dublin ILR licence. Newstalk were the sole application for the licence. It began quasi-national broadcasts on 29 September 2006. The media expressed concern at its relative lack of star names and proliferation of unknowns, though noted the presence of George Hook and Seán Moncrieff.[4]

In 2009, Ms Geraghty resigned as CEO and Frank Cronin, Setanta's board representative since 2002, was appointed CEO. Schedule changes included the appointment of former Minister for Agriculture Ivan Yates as breakfast presenter, Damien Kiberd to Lunchtime presenter and the re-engagement of Eamon Dunphy to Sunday Newspaper review programme presenter. This schedule together with the continuity of George Hook, Off the Ball, Sean Moncrieff and Tom Dunne has driven the station to new heights of daily listenership and standing. The station now reaches 305,000 (JNLR February 2012) people daily, the fastest growing adult station in Ireland.

Quasi National LicenceEdit

During 2006 Newstalk were licensed to extend their coverage area to about 97% of Ireland. These "quasi-national" broadcasts began on 29 September 2006 (the sole official Independent National Radio station remains 100-102 Today FM).

Newstalk News NetworkEdit

Newstalk is primarily known as being a Radio station; however, "Newstalk" is also the provider of the only National Radio Newswire in Ireland. Newstalk provides 'rip and read' copy and audio 24/7, and also provides a live stream of audio Newsreading every hour. The latter is used mostly by local radio stations after 7p.m. across Ireland.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.newstalk.com/shows
  2. ^ JNLR Listenership figures released on 11 February 2010 Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Dunphy steps into McWilliams' shoes at Newstalk". Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  4. ^ McCaughren, Samantha (28 September 2006). "Talk not so cheap as station spends ?1m on advertising launch". Irish Independent. Retrieved 28 September 2006.

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