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Are RTE telling lies about Colm & Jim-Jim’s Listnership figures?

We all know how good our government has been at covering up lies and mistakes they made in the past – but surely our national broadcaster wouldn’t be at that game, would they?

I’ve just looked at a press release of theirs from February of this year. It says that the Colm & Jim-Jim breakfast show have increased listenerships by 5%. They mention a growth in figures year on year from 188,000 to 194,000. Now that’s all well and good, only that last years results said that they had a listenership of 202,000 (source:

That means that the Colm & Jim-Jim Show has in fact dropped in listenership figures!

I’ve been critical of them in the past I know, but if this is the case – surely RTE are kicking themselves for taking a chance on these guys. Even if the figures are wrong, to have only grown in listnership by 14,000 in two years is quite a dismal performance to say the least.

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Dodgy box dealer being sued by UPC

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Well well well, finally UPC are starting to deal with the Dodgy box situation that has been rife in this country for the last few years. Rather than try offer a better service, they have gone after the dealers.

One dealer of the notorious Starview and Eurovox dodgy boxes is to be sued by UPC and Nagravision for importing and selling devices that allow consumers to access subscription content for free.

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Colm & Jim-Jim (aka Dim-Jim) regain lost listeners (and more)

I was highly critical of Colm & Jim-Jims new show on 2FM that took the place of dinosaur DJ, Marty Whelan when it first took to the airwaves last year. In terms of entertainment, I don’t think much has changed, however, I can’t really comment entirely, because I’ve switched them off completely. The only place I got to listen to them over the past year was sitting in a dentist.

It’s great news for them to hear that they have regained massively the losses they incurred when they took over the show last year. The latest JNLR figures show that their show is now achieving 202,000 listeners nationwide. That shows an increase on previous estimations of up to 20,000 new listeners (official figures say 19,00).

202,000 listeners is still a fair bit lower than their peak with FM104, which is a bit disappointing considering that they are now a nationwide show. You could put this down to the shows airing time, but with a show that had so much going for it, I would have expected a lot more success.


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Starview nears its final days

Starview Box - The BoxIf people were to believe what Adrian Weckler wrote in an article in the Sunday Business Post yesterday, you would believe that the writing is on the wall for the Starview box.

He talks about how UPC (new owners of NTL and Chorus) and Sky are growing increasingly concerned at the number of free digital boxes accessing their subscription based content. He goes on to say that UPC have been working hard recently on finding an alternative protection system to fend off the use of these boxes, but agrees it will be sometime before a workable solution will be released.

I’m sure the owners of UPC are very concerned at the minute at how easy people are finding it to access the channels, however they also know that they will never prevent everyone from doing it.

Apparently they aren’t after the odd enthusiast who trys to gain free TV as a hobby. No, it’s the ordinary joe soap they are targetting now. Those users that wouldn’t know where to turn if their boxes stopped working all of a sudden.

In fairness to NTL, the last few updates they made, had a big affect on joe soaps perception of the boxes. People I have spoke with, are now of the opinion that the starview boxes no longer work. So that obviously was a successful campagin for NTL in my opinion.

Adrian also goes on to state that there is a misconception by people selling these boxes, they believe that it is not illegal to do sell Starview boxes. In one way he is right and in another he is completely wrong.

What he doesn’t know (or mention) is that when you buy the starview boxes from a manufacturer, they aren’t automatically able to  pick up the scrambled channels. It’s not even possible to access a hidden menu to turn on the ability within the Starview to do so. The Starview owner needs to “hack” the Starview box with special software downloaded from the Internet in order to access the scrambled channels.

If UPC attempt at bringing in a solution that will render the boxes useless, I’m unsure how successful this will be. Most of encryptions availble and used by TV companies have already been hacked at this stage. And in reality, it won’t take that long for the hackers to break any new encryption they create.

I think Adrian should have done a bit more research into the starview and other digital boxes before making his assumptions surrounding it’s use. Even a few hours spent researching how they function would have made it a more informative article.


View RTE’s Prosperity Online

RTE are allowing users to watch all four episodes of their much hyped drama Prosperity on their website. Unfortunately you need RealPlayer to view them. On this rare occassion, I would recommend installing RealPlayer on your computer just go get a glimpse of what you have missed (if you have of course).

Prosperity is a four part drama series in which each hour long episode looks at the life of four individuals, that I guess you could say have missed out on our so called Celtic Tiger. Although I wasn’t that impressed with the acting, I was actually engrossed in the story behind each episode. It’s definitely worth the watch – View

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