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Listen up! You can now hear TheJournal.ie's 9 at 9 News every weekday morning

Here’s how to get the 9 at 9 News on demand, using a virtual assistant.

DO YOU EVER read our 9 at 9 news roundup, and think about how handy it would be to get your morning bulletin while making breakfast? Or brushing your teeth? Or in the car?

TheJournal.ie aims to deliver news in the most useful way possible. When we published our first 9 at 9 back in 2010, it was Ireland’s first news roundup designed to be read on a smartphone. 

Eight years on, it is the go-to place for thousands of Irish people every day to get a concise and accurate summary of the biggest news stories of the day.

Now, as more of us around Ireland consume media using voice recognition technology and virtual assistants, we have released a dedicated 9 at 9 News audio bulletin. It’s the nine things you need to know as you start your day, read to you on demand each weekday.

TheJournal.ie’s 9 at 9 News, supported by our technology partner Volkswagen, is available via audio on any device that supports Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri. If you’ve got a compatible Android or iOS device, you can sign up. Here’s how.

PHONES AND TABLETS

1. On any Android phone or tablet, using Google Assistant

  • Open the Google app. (That’s this one.)
  • Go to More >> Settings >> Google Assistant Settings >> News (in the ‘Services’ list)
  • Hit ‘Add news sources’
  • Select 9at9 News.* 
  • Drag 9at9 News to the top of your list of sources
  • You’re done! Just say ‘Hey Google, listen to the news’

(You’ll need to set up Google Assistant before doing this, if you haven’t already.) 

*If you can’t see 9at9 News, check that the language at the top of the ‘Add news sources’ list is set to English: Ireland.

2. On any iOS phone or tablet, using Siri

  • Ensure that Siri is enabled on your device (Settings > Siri & Search)
  • Open the Podcasts app. (That’s this one.)
  • Search for ‘9at9 News‘ and hit Subscribe.
  • You’re done! Just say ‘Hey Siri, play the 9 at 9 News’

HOME SPEAKERS

3. Using a Google Home speaker

  • Open the Google Home app on the iOS or Android device that you used to set up the speaker
  • Go to Settings >> More settings >> News (in the ‘Services’ list)
  • Hit ‘Add news sources’
  • Select 9at9 News*
  • Make sure 9at9 News is at the top of your list of news sources
  • You’re done! Just say ‘Hey Google, listen to the news’

(You’ll need to set up Google Assistant before doing this, if you haven’t already.) 

*If you can’t see 9at9 News, check that the language at the top of the ‘Add news sources’ list is set to English: Ireland.

IN-CAR AUDIO

4. In your car using Android Auto

  • Make sure Google Assistant is set up with 9at9 News on your Android device, by following the steps in (1) above
  • You’re done! Just say ‘Hey Google, listen to the news’
  • Always make sure you’re in a safe situation before using Google Assistant in the car

5. In your car using Apple CarPlay

  • Make sure Siri is set up with 9at9 News on your iOS device, by following the steps in (2) above
  • You’re done! Just say ‘Hey Siri, play the 9 at 9 News’
  • Always make sure you’re in a safe situation before using Siri in the car

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