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Thursday 14 December 2017

Liveline's Joe heads for top of radio chart

Joe Duffy is getting closer to being crowned Ireland's most listened to radio presenter.

According to the latest JNLR figures, Ballyfermot native Joe is now only 32,000 listeners behind the country's most popular show, Morning Ireland.

The Liveline anchor (55) saw his listenership increase by 16,000, bringing his audience to 414,000, coming in at second place to Rachel English's Morning Ireland on RTE One.

Joe said: "I'd like to thank the listeners, callers and on-air participants for putting their trust in Liveline day after day."

There was an 8,000 fall for the Montrose station's flagship radio news slot, but Morning Ireland is still the most popular show with 446,000 listeners.

Marian Finucane shed thousands of listeners in the previous JNLR figures, but bounced back yesterday with 30,000 more tuning in for her Saturday show to secure third place in the ratings with a massive 365,000.

Her Sunday contribution also rose by 14,000, making her the biggest winner overall.

Mum-of-eight Miriam O'Callaghan gained 17,000 listeners for her Sunday morning interviews, now ranked at number 10 with 272,000 listeners.

Today with Pat Kenny has moved up one spot in the Top 10 programmes, to become the sixth most favoured show.

Ryan Tubridy, who has battled to hold on to audiences after taking over from late broadcaster Gerry Ryan on his popular 2FM slot, gained 1,000 listeners.

Coinciding with the announcement of the figures yesterday, 2Fm announced that dad-of-two Tubs will be embarking on a nationwide 'Greet on the Street' tour.

Other winners included Today FM's Ray D'Arcy, who bumped up the ladder by 6,000, to reach a total of 234,000, continuing to outshine his mid-morning rival Tubs.

labutler@herald.ie

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