Cork’s 96FM faces increased competition from Newstalk and Today FM with opening of Cork studio

24 January 2018
By Elaine Murphy

Newstalk and Today FM have announced the launch of a new broadcast studio at ‘Republic of Work’ which is a shared building hosting offices and breakout areas for modern businesses.

The three-year partnership with Republic of Work will see both national stations broadcast regularly from the purpose-built facility at 12 South Mall in the heart of Cork City.

Image: Republic of Work via Twitter

It will also facilitate podcast recording and production and allow local guest contributors to join radio panels and interviews from the Cork studio.

In the coming weeks and months, a host of award-winning presenters including Pat Kenny, Ian Dempsey, Ciara Kelly and Dermot and Dave will all broadcast their radio shows from Leeside.

Newstalk’s Ciara Kelly will host her first lunchtime show from the Cork studio today, while Today FM’s Matt Cooper will present The Last Word live from the new Cork studio before attending the launch of the new facility to the local business community.

DC Cahalane from Republic of Work explained: “We are delighted to partner with Today FM and Newstalk on this unique project, which will further add to the diversity of businesses operating in Republic of Work. Equally, it’s an opportunity to further showcase Cork to a national audience.”

Newstalk’s Managing Editor, Patricia Monahan said: “Newstalk is delighted to have a base in Cork again, we look forward to hosting great Newstalk programmes from here and welcoming guests from the wider Cork community to our new quality studio at Republic of Work.”

Today FM CEO Keith McCormack commented: “Today FM has always enjoyed a great relationship with our Cork audience and this new partnership with Republic of Work will allow us to super serve our listeners in Cork and the greater Munster region. It also gives us the opportunity to take our presenters and shows out of the studio and engage with our audience in a live setting. We’re looking forward to making Cork a home from home for Today FM”.

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