RTÉ Radio 1
|This article is outdated. (August 2010)|
|Broadcast area||National – Ireland|
|Slogan||We've got the nation talking|
|Frequency||88.2–90.0, (87.8 northeast) MHz FM
and 252 kHz LW
Digital terrestrial television
|First air date||1 January 1926|
|Audience share||23.2% All Aged 15+ (February 2009, )|
|Owner||Raidió Teilifís Éireann|
|Sister stations||RTÉ Choice
RTÉ Radio 1 Extra
RTÉ lyric fm
RTÉ Radio 1 (Irish: RTÉ Raidió 1) is the principal radio channel of Irish public-service broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann and is the direct descendant of Dublin radio station 2RN, which began broadcasting on a regular basis on 1 January 1926. The station is a rare modern example of a mixed radio network, broadcasting a mixture of music and speech programming.
The Department of Posts and Telegraphs opened 2RN on 1 January 1926, the first Irish radio station. Station 6CK, a Cork relay of 2RN, joined the Dublin station in 1927, and a high-power transmitter at Athlone in County Westmeath opened in 1932. From the latter date the three stations became known as Radio Athlone, later being renamed Radio Éireann ("Irish Radio" / "Radio of Ireland") in 1937. Like most small European national stations at that time, Radio Éireann attempted to satisfy all tastes on a single channel. It broadcast a mixed schedule of light entertainment and heavier fare, Irish language programming, and talks. Radio Éireann also carried sponsored programmes, often produced by Leonard Plugge's International Broadcasting Company, which tended to be more popular than programming made directly by Radio Éireann itself.
Run as part of the civil service until 1960, the Broadcasting Authority Act 1960 transferred the station to a statutory corporation, also called Radio Éireann, in preparation for the launch of its sister television station. The name of the corporation was changed to Radio Telefís Éireann in 1966. As a consequence, the station was renamed RTÉ Radio. The station also began FM transmission in 1966. In 1971 the station began the phased move from the GPO on O'Connell Street in Dublin city centre, to a new purpose-built Radio Centre at Donnybrook. When, in 1979, RTÉ established a new rock and pop station under the name of RTÉ Radio 2 (now RTÉ 2fm), the original RTÉ Radio channel was renamed once again and became RTÉ Radio 1.
In 1973, The Gay Byrne Hour began, becoming The Gay Byrne Show in 1979. This anchored the stations daily morning schedule until 1998. On 3 November 1984, current affairs programmes Morning Ireland and Today at Five began broadcasting. The former is now the flagship programme of RTÉ News and Current Affairs on radio while the latter has evolved into the current Drivetime programme via Five Seven Live.
Radio 1 broadcasts a mixture of news, current affairs, features, arts coverage, drama, sport, music (from popular music favourites through country and traditional to world music and jazz), and general entertainment. Major weekday programmes include:
- Risin' Time – news, music and talk, on air from 5.30 to 7.00.
- Morning Ireland – the station's flagship news programme, on air from 7.00 to 9.00.
- The John Murray Show - a talk-based entertainment show, on air from 9.00 to 10.00.
- Today with Pat Kenny – a lively current affairs magazine, broadcast between 10.00 and 12.00.
- The Ronan Collins Show – a music and comedy show, on air from 12.00 to 13.00.
- The News at One – a round-up of all Irish news and sports, from 13:00 to 13:45.
- Liveline with Joe Duffy – phone-in discussion from 13.45 until 15.00.
- Mooney with Derek Mooney – a music and chat show, on air from 15.00 to 16.30.
- Drivetime – rolling news and talk (sport, popular culture, music and arts) between 16.30 and 19.00.
- Sport at Seven – sports roundup of the day, on air from 19.00 to 19.30.
- Arena – an arts and culture show, on air from 19.30 to 20.30.
- The John Creedon Show – a mix of contemporary, Irish and international tracks, on air from 20.30 to 21.50.
RTÉ Radio 1 is currently available in Ireland on 88-90 MHz FM and 252 kHz longwave (LW).
The FM service is also available online and from the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2° East on transponder 43 (10.744 GHz horizontal, symbol rate 22000, FEC 5/6, service ID 9611), the BSkyB EPG on LCN 0160, and in former Telewest areas served by Virgin Media in the UK on LCN 917.
The LW version of the station, which can also be received across the United Kingdom and parts of Western Europe, differs from that broadcast on FM, particularly at the weekend, with significant additional sports coverage and religious programming. The LW service is due to be withdrawn on Monday 27 October 2014 on cost grounds.
Listeners to WRN's English Service for Europe and English Service for North America can also hear a selection of RTÉ Radio 1 programmes.
The station's tuning signal since 1936 has been the air O'Donnell Abú, although since the advent of 24-hour broadcasting in 1997, the tune has been played just once a day, as a prelude to the start of the day's live broadcasting at 05:30 each morning (between 02:00 and 05:30, apart from the hourly news bulletins, Radio 1's output is made up of selected repeats from earlier programmes).
The 252 kHz frequency was formerly used by a radio station called "Atlantic 252".
Closure of medium-wave frequencies
The medium-wave transmitters of RTÉ Radio 1 were shut down at 15:00 on 24 March 2008. The main transmitter was based at Tullamore and broadcast on 567 kHz. A lower powered relay in Cork at 729 kHz was also in service. Before 1975, the 567 kHz service originated from Athlone. AM transmissions continue on Long Wave 252 kHz from Summerhill, Co. Meath, it is aimed to serve Irish people living in Britain and uses the old Atlantic 252 transmitter. Since the closure, Second Helpings programmes at the weekend have been limited to digital broadcasts only. Most complaints about the closure of medium wave were from groups such as fishermen and the elderly.
The following figures were issued by RTÉ as part of their Annual report 2012
|Network and other related costs||€3,463,000|
|Sales Costs||not given|
Profit and Loss
Breakdown of Irish Productions
The table below outlines RTÉ One's total in-house and commissioned programming by genre in 2008 and 2012:
|News,Current Affairs and Weather||€14,496,000|
|Young People's Programming||n/a|
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