Ipsos MRBI/JNLR 2016/4 Summary Results

The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (2nd February 2017). It covers the 12-month period from January to December 2016.

The latest results show daily radio listening at 82% – that is 82% of all adults – almost 3 million listeners (15+), listening every weekday.

A total of c16,880 people were interviewed during the survey period by Ipsos MRBI, on behalf of JNLR – Joint National Listenership Research – that is commissioned by all national, regional and local stations, BAI, AAI, and IAPI.

The following tables are the key top line results from the ‘week-day’ report for the main radio stations at National level, within Dublin and Cork counties, and the South East, South West, North West, North East/Midlands, Multi-city and Dublin Commuter regions.  (See p.11).

While Tables 1-4 show the proportion of adults tuning into the stations at some time during the day, the depth of listening or loyalty to various stations is best reflected in the share of listening achieved by each station, as shown in Tables 5-8, whilst Table 9 provides information on the Local Stations in each licensed franchise area.

82% of Irish adults listen to the radio on an average day.  More than half, 57%

(-1%) tune into their local or regional station and 44% (=) listen to a national station.  Among the younger, 15 to 34 year market, 76% (=) listen daily.

Irish radio audiences continue to listen to a significant amount of radio everyday – tuning in, on average, for almost 4 hours per day during the prime 7am to 7pm time (Irish Adults listening Mon-Fri). In terms of share of all minutes listened in the country, National Radio currently has 45.4% share (-0.1%) of all minutes while Local/Regional Radio holds the majority share position with 54.6% (+0.1%) in this reporting period.

Throughout the country, across the various regional areas, National Radio holds the majority share position in Dublin (57.2%) and the greater Dublin Commuter belt (55.7%) while Local/regional radio is in the majority in the other regions throughout the country, in particular achieving its highest share position in the North West (63.0%), Cork (63.0%) and South West regions (58.1%)(See T5).

Among the younger, 15-34, audience in the country Local/regional Radio is in the majority share position achieving a combined share of minutes of 66.9%       (+0.1) versus 33.1% for National Radio.  In particular, the Local/regional group holds its strongest share position among this age segment in Dublin (70.7%), in Cork (73.3%), in the Dublin Commuter (69.2%) and Multi-city areas (68.6%)(See T7).

Considering the older 35+ age segment, Local/Regional radio is marginally ahead in terms of share of all minutes listened, 51.1% (+0.1%) compared to National radio.  However, in regional markets among this age group, National Radio maintains a strong share position in Dublin (66.6%), the Dublin Commuter region (63.8%), and in the Multi-city area (53.6%).  (See T8).

Local radio continues to be a strong performer in the local radio markets across the country – in many areas reaching more than 40% of the local adult population daily.  In particular, on the criterion of share of minutes listened during prime 7am to 7pm, Highland Radio, MWR, Northern Sound and Radio Kerry hold the majority share position in their respective franchise areas. (T9).

The population estimates in this report are based on data provided by the CSO – Quarterly National Household Survey statistics.

 (See pg 11 for definition of radio broadcast regions).

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