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Minister Deenihan welcomes research into RTÉ Longwave Radio Services

Irish abroad, MoS Jimmy Deenihan, Press Releases, Ireland, 2015

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will fund a research programme to assess listenership of RTÉ Radio longwave services among the Irish community in the UK, the Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D. announced today (Monday).

Minister Deenihan said:

“When RTÉ postponed its planned cessation of longwave radio services in December, it was announced that funding under the Emigrant Support Programme would be provided to address the lack of data on who listens to RTÉ radio in Britain and how they access it.

"I am pleased that this research is now being rolled out and I would encourage the Irish community in the UK to engage with this process as it seeks to deliver a better picture of need, to inform a solution acceptable to all. I am very conscious of the importance of the longwave service for the Irish community in the UK, especially the older members of this community, in maintaining their links to Ireland. I hope that through this research a more complete picture of the current level of listenership will be available’’

This research, which will be funded under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme, follows the announcement by RTÉ announcement in December that it would defer the proposed shutdown of the service until 2017. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Irish in Britain, the umbrella group for Irish organisations in Britain, will manage the administrative aspects of the project and are currently advertising for a vendor who will conduct qualitative research into the frequency of listenership, attitudes to its content and perceived benefits and weaknesses in the service.

Together with the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Irish in Britain, and community representatives; RTÉ is one of the key stakeholders in the consultative group overseeing the research.

ENDS

Press Office

6 July 2015

Notes for Editors:

• Irish in Britain, the umbrella group for Irish organisations in Britain, is currently tendering for a vendor who will conduct this research project. It is expected that this research, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s Emigrant Support Programme will be completed by the end of 2015. Contact Irish in Britain on 020 7697 4081 or mbourke@irishinbritain.org www.irishinbritain.org.

• The research will be qualitative in nature. Information will be gathered through individual submissions, group submissions and focus groups.

• In addition a Consultative Group of key stakeholders has been formed which is composed of representatives of RTÉ, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade officials as well as community representatives who will oversee the research project.