Ipsos/JNLR 2021/4 Summary Results

3,208,000 listeners tune into radio every weekday – JNLR 2021-4

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  • Karen Hall Ipsos Media, Ireland
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The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (10th February 2022). It covers the period from May to December 2021.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions there was no interviewing conducted in January, February, March and April 2021.  

The latest results show 3.208 million listeners (15+) tune into radio every weekday – that is daily radio listening at 80% of all adults.

A total of c 12,600 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 show 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.12).  

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.  (Reference to change in this report refers to the previous report published in December 2021 incorporating the period October 2020-October 2021). 

A large majority of Irish adults - 80% (=) listen to the radio on an average day. More than half, 53% (=) tune into their local or regional station and 44% (+1) listen to a national station.  Among the younger, 15 to 34-year market, 71% (+1) listen daily.

Irish radio audiences continue to listen to a significant amount of radio everyday
– tuning in, on average, for 4 hours (242 mins, =) 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 45.6% share (+0.2%) of all minutes while Local/Regional Radio holds the majority share position with 54.4% (-0.2%) in this reporting period.

Across the various regional areas throughout the country, National Radio holds the majority share position in Dublin (56.0%) and the greater Dublin Commuter belt (56.5%) while Local/Regional radio is in the majority in the other regions throughout the country, in particular, achieving its highest share position in Cork (62.2%), in the South West (62.4%) and in the North West (60.2%) Regions (See T5).

Among the younger, 15-34, audience Local/Regional Radio is in the majority share position achieving a combined share of minutes of 66.1% (-1.0%) versus 33.9% (+1.0%) for National Radio. In particular, the Local/Regional group holds its strongest share position among this age cohort in Dublin (70.1%), in Cork (68.3%) and in the South West region (69.6%). (See T7). 

Considering the older 35+ age segment, Local/Regional radio is slightly ahead in terms of share of all minutes listened, 51.4% (+0.1%) compared to National radio, 48.6%.       However, in regional markets among this age group, National Radio holds the majority share of minutes in Dublin (62.5%), the Dublin Commuter region (62.5%), the Multi-city area (53.2%) and North East & Midlands Region (52.4%). (See T8).

Local radio continues to perform strongly 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 and Radio Kerry hold the majority share position (50%+) in their respective franchise areas. (T9).

The population estimates in this report are based on Labour Force Survey estimates 
2021 provided by the CSO.

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The author(s)

  • Karen Hall Ipsos Media, Ireland

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