A statement from Music Network in support of RTÉ lyric fm

20 September 2019

Music Network is deeply concerned by the recent news of the threat to RTÉ lyric fm’s future.

Since the station first invigorated our airwaves more than 20 years ago, RTÉ lyric fm has established itself at the very heart of music and culture in Ireland. It plays a critical role in our national public service broadcasting, and its closure would result in a chasm that would irreparably weaken Ireland’s cultural landscape.

The station’s rich and varied programming incorporates the very best of orchestral, jazz, opera, contemporary, traditional, world and film music. With more than a quarter of a million weekly listeners it presents a unique and distinctive offering on Irish radio that brings enjoyment and pleasure to many.  

Music Network’s own mission is to make high quality live music available and accessible to people throughout Ireland, regardless of their location or circumstance, while supporting the career development of musicians. RTÉ lyric fm is an invaluable partner in helping us achieve this ambition. Our partnership with the station enables us to reach many hundreds of thousands more people, while providing the musicians we support with important opportunities to develop their careers and public profiles.

RTÉ lyric fm operates on a minimal investment relative to the wealth of its output. Closing it is not the solution - any financial gains made would be fleeting and insignificant, but the loss felt would be long lasting and severe.

Music Network supports RTÉ Lyric fm.

Join us in showing your support for RTÉ Lyric fm by signing the petition here.