2fm ‘Breakfast Republic’ gets Berocca boost

Multivitamin brand’s ‘Performance’ product will sponsor new show targeting young urban audience

Left to right: 2fm ‘Breakfast Republic’ presenters Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, with Enda Ryan, Berocca brand manager

Left to right: 2fm ‘Breakfast Republic’ presenters Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire, with Enda Ryan, Berocca brand manager

 

2fm’s new morning show Breakfast Republic , which begins on Monday, will be sponsored by multivitamin product Berocca Performance.

The 12-month deal, which is worth “north of €250,000”, will see the lifestyle brand plugged in seven 10-second stings from 7am to 9am.

RTÉ Radio sponsorship manager Tara Farrell said the deal was “the first of many we hope to announce as 2fm evolves”.

The station, under its new head Dan Healy, is in the process of re-jigging its line-up of shows in order to court a younger and more urban listenership .

Breakfast Republic will be presented by Jennifer Maguire, Keith Walsh and Bernard O’Shea, with the title of the new show alluding to Maguire and O’Shea’s roles on RTÉ Two’s comedy show Republic of Telly .

The Berocca deal, brokered by the agency MediaCom, also includes podcast and homepage sponsorship.


‘Fast-paced lives’
Enda Ryan, brand manager for Berocca, said it was targeting 25-44-year-olds who lead “fast-paced lives” and hoped to educate them to use the product as part of their morning routine.

“The Berocca brand message will reach consumers at the optimal time of the day,” he said.

Berocca, which is owned by the multinational Bayer, is spending more than €500,000 on marketing “parent brand” Berocca Performance in Ireland this year, with the 2fm sponsorship following the launch of a television, online, outdoor and in-store campaign.

The product – which contains vitamins B and C, zinc and magnesium – uses the slogan “your daily high performance vitamin” and claims to help consumers “think smarter and act faster” . . . much like RTÉ bosses need to do if they want to return 2fm to profit.