Newstalk’s Cash Machine radio competition is ‘gambling’, says Joe Duffy

The popular text-in giveaway has generated millions for Bauer Media which runs it across a number of shows and stations

Joe Duffy, RTÉ presenter, claimed the Cash Machine contest ‘fulfils all the the criteria of ‘gambling’’

Joe Duffy, RTÉ’s top paid presenter, has challenged Newstalk-owner Bauer Media over its highly popular Cash Machine competition, calling for greater transparency in how the contest is conducted.

In a series of now-deleted posts to X, the Liveline presenter claimed that the contest – which is understood to generate millions of euro in profit for the radio giant per year – “fulfils all the criteria of ‘gambling’”, and asked Bauer how much money had been ...