JNLR FIGURES PUT A SPRING IN RADIO’S STEP!

CHOOSE RADIO PRESS RELEASE

APRIL 2018

EMBARGO: MIDDAY APRIL 26 2018

JNLR FIGURES PUT A SPRING IN RADIO’S STEP!

Commercial Revenues need to be where the audience is – and the audience is listening to radio!

Thursday April 26, 2018: The Choose Radio Group is urging advertisers to seriously consider the listening habits of their target audience as they contemplate their media spends throughout 2018. The latest JNLR listenership figures released today show that Irish radio stations have a combined strength of 87.7% share of the audio market in Ireland. This compares with 8% own music, 3.2% Spotify and 1.1% Podcast.

Advertising agencies, media planners and clients are always looking for the most effective way to speak to the public. “The JNLR results need to form a more integral part of their considerations, as they provide a clear indication of what the audience is actually listening to each day” said Gabrielle Cummins, Chair of the Choose Radio Group.

The latest impressive JNLR results released today follow recent research commissioned by the Choose Radio Group & the JNLR management committee on the listening habits of media buyers. This research shared at the annual Radiodays Ireland conference revealed that media buyers, listen to radio, on average for over 2 hours per day. *

“Our research shows that media buyers ARE listening to radio themselves, but radio doesn’t receive its due prominence when it comes to planning campaigns” said Ms Cummins. The Choose Radio Group is once again highlighting that advertisers cannot afford to ignore the radio choice of 3.1 million Irish people who tune into Irish radio stations every single day. The group reiterates the fact that such consistent, high levels of listenership prove that Ireland’s radio stations are providing a service to the public that is widely used, has a loyal audience and has become an integral part of our lives not only on a national basis but in every region and every county in the country.

With a sample size of 16,000 people, the JNLR is the most robust research conducted in Ireland and the results cannot be disputed with the latest JNLR figures released today confirming the popularity of radio in Ireland with 82% of the population tuning in every day. This translates into weekday figures of 3.1 million listeners.

JNLR April 2018 – the facts

1. 82% of people in Ireland listened to the radio yesterday.

2. On average, they spend in excess of 4 hours with radio every day.

3. When it comes to any audio listening in Ireland, live radio rules with 87.7%. This compares to 8% of owned music and 3.2% to Spotify.

4. Radio also dominates when compared with other media – 51% of all adults in Ireland used Social Media yesterday and just 40% read a national newspaper.

5. 276,000 people in Ireland listened to radio via either a radio station App or the Irish Radioplayer in the last seven days.

6. Irish radio’s strong on-air performance is complemented across its digital platforms with over 10.2 million social connections.

Ends.

*” The evolution of Radio”: research conducted by Ipsos MRBI for Choose Radio & JNLR; Feb 2018

Note to Editors: Choose Radio comprises all the radio sales houses, – independent & RTÉ along with IBI and Industry’s training network, Learning Waves. The various groups are working together to raise the profile of radio advertising.

For more information, please contact Gabrielle.Cummins@chooseradio.ie