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And he’s off . . . but what next for Newstalk?

Ivan Yates is leaving the radio station, and Newstalk bosses are under pressure

10th April, 2016
Ivan Yates: his departure from Newstalk could lead to changes at the radio station Photo: Jason Clarke

It is universally acknowledged that if a radio station wins breakfast, it wins the day. Newstalk had been winning breakfast.

Many listeners found Newstalk’s unlikely double act of Chris Donoghue and Ivan Yates refreshing, and a change from the straight-up news style of Morning Ireland on RTE Radio One. Last year, it reached 709,000 listeners weekly, up by 25,000 year on year.

Its daily average is an audience of 171,000.

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