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Westlife's Nicky Byrne has highest rated show on 2fm months after debut

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Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne has now become the biggest name on 2fm.

The Hit presenter – who made his debut on the station March – has 151,000 listeners for his three-hour programme.

But 2fm’s former number one Ryan Tubridy lost 4,000 listeners to take him down to 148,000, proving Nicky is the station’s biggest asset.

However Tubridy can be happy with the news that his Today FM rival Ray D’Arcy lost 25,000 down in the JNLRs to 218,000.

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Winning: Pat is persuading people to ‘move the dial’

Meanwhile Pat Kenny has proved that Newstalk were right to take a massive gamble on swiping him from RTE.

The ex-Late Late Show host has seen his audience grow by 18,000 in the last three months – giving him a total daily listenership of 114,000.

It is also up significantly – 63,000 – from when Pat took over Tom Dunne’s slot on Newstalk.

RTE rival Sean O’Rourke lost 18,000 in the same three months, although he is still ahead with 312,000 listeners.

But Radio 1 presenter Sean claimed Newstalk were only winning by acting like North Korean dictators and buying up all the advertising.

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Losing: Sean lost 18,000 listeners

He said: “You don’t spend a million bucks on a campaign and expect nothing will happen.

“Something has happened but not as much as they hoped. They had the town looking like Pyongyang with all the posters.”

However Pat claimed that RTE were just being bitter and had also splashed out huge amounts.

He said: “When you’re explaining, you’re losing. As for the Newstalk campaign since I left, RTE have spent unprecedented amounts of money on marketing with my old RTE bus shelters – but that’s part of the game.”