The Irish Radioplayer will expand its offering to listeners by adding new channels to the app. The Irish Radioplayer, which was launched in April 2015 with 43 radio stations, is a joint venture between the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) and RTÉ. It enables Irish audiences to access radio stations across the country in one place.
The first phase of expansion took place in November 2018 with the addition of 10 new channels to the Radioplayer. The addition of PlayIrish in March 2019 brought the number of stations on the Irish Radioplayer to 54. Such was the level of interest form radio stations that further expansion is planned and a call for applications is now commencing.
Scott Williams, Chair of the Irish Radioplayer Steering Group said, “one of the main aims of the Irish Radioplayer when it launched was to increase the radio offering to listeners. We were greatly encouraged by the level of interest expressed by radio stations in the first phase and have no doubt but that the new channels will add greatly to the Irish Radioplayer’s repertoire”.
Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2FM said, “The Irish Radioplayer offers the radio industry a wonderful opportunity to expand its services to the listener. We already have dedicated Radioplayer channels playing 80s , alternative and country music and PlayIrish plays nothing but Irish music from new and emerging artists. We’re excited to see what new broadcasting ideas and programming suggestions emerge in this round”.
It is hoped that a minimum of 10 additional channels will be ready to be launched on the Irish Radioplayer by the end of October.
Other recent developments of the Irish Radioplayer this year include Apple CarPlay, integration with Bose SoundTouch and Soundbar speakers and Radioplayer continues to work with car companies and broadcasters to deliver a better user experience in vehicles of the future.
The Irish Radioplayer is based on technology licensed by Radioplayer Worldwide which is also used nationally in Germany, Canada, Belgium, Peru, Norway, UK and Switzerland.