RTÉ launches 24-hour news service

Ireland’s public service broadcaster has launched RTÉ News Now. The service is available through rte.ie/live

At present it offers live and looped news and current affairs programmes 24 hours a day.

As well as its normal schedule the service will carry breaking news and special coverage of events like the Lisbon Treaty Referendum results tomorrow!

Internet didn’t kill the radio star!

Apologies for the dodgy headline, but I couldn’t resist!

Interesting article over on Guardian.co.uk today about new figures released on Internet radio listenership.

It reveals the following:

“More than 8 million people in the UK listen to web-based radio services every week and nearly 2 million download podcasts on a weekly basis, according to a survey that suggests internet radio has hit the mainstream.”

The results of the survey also showed that some 75% of listeners did not listen to less live radio (good news) and some 50% turned on a new show (even better news).

This survey surely comes as positive news for broadcasters especially those with good websites offering podcast and listen-back services.

I think it further demonstrates how mutually beneficial it can be to all work together.

Now all we need is more broadband Internet access across the country…