Rob Doyle: people who become writers tend to suffer from hypersensitivity and that is a very debilitating quality to have to make your way in the world. Writing is the one domain where it becomes useful

‘For me, the most exciting things are happening in that liminal space between memoir and fiction’

Michelle Fairley as Dolly  in RTÉ’s ‘Rebellion’: Fairley is known globally for her role as Catelyn Stark in ‘Game of Thrones’

Reception for ‘Rebellion’ in the US likely to sway RTÉ’s decision on whether to bring it back for a second series

‘Poldark’: Starring Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza and Aidan Turner at the eponymous hero. photograph: mike hogan

Company behind ‘Great Irish Bake Off’ to develop ‘Bucking the Trend’ for RTÉ

The First Dates Ireland episode featuring  Ethan Miles, Mateo Saina and Alice Marr can be seen on RTÉ Player now.

Seven-year-old service has 4.4m monthly streams ahead of launch of new version

 Twitter: year-on-year revenue growth from large brand advertisers had been “softer than expected”. Photograph:  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The social network is desperately trying to compete with Facebook for video ad dollars

US President Barack Obama tries virtual reality glasses as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) tour Hanover Messe Trade Fair in Hanover, Germany April 25, 2016. Photograph: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Planet Business

The Dyson Supersonic, ‘accidental pirates’ and Warren Buffett’s 92-year-old sidekick

Some 449 complaints, or 38 per cent of the total, were registered in respect of digital advertising

Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland upheld complaints against 72 ads last year

2fm’s ‘Breakfast Republic’ team -  Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh.

JNLR radio survey shows decreases for most of the big stations but gains for Radio 1

Garret Keogh, co-founder of Telegraph Hill: “Smart brands get that people don’t want a return to the 1950s TV where it’s ‘and here’s a word from our sponsors’.”

The broadcasting industry comes together to laugh, moan and do business in Dungarvan

Suzanne McElligott, chief executive of IAB Ireland

Native advertising, where ads mimic content, is worth €45m, says an IAB PwC report

HyperBrow’s Simone Smyth (left) and Sorcha Delaney

Dublin design studio HyperBrow won EU pitch to create Stem subjects campaign

Big Mac: has been showing its age
Planet Business

The ‘Grand Mac’, the ‘tough phone’ market and why it’s good to be a data scientist

FM 104: owned by Belfast-based Wireless Group

Former UTV stations won’t participate in advertising recovery this year, analysts say

Only 46 per cent of the 165,000 people who watched the recent series of ‘Homeland’ on RTÉ2 watched it live

But broadband in Ireland is not yet good enough for this type of online service, it says

Print: under pressure

Print and digital media co-exist in firms but it does not have to be so

TG4’s car-based dating show Pioc do Ride, made by El Zorrero Films, and RTÉ’s The Notorious, a series about MMA fighter Conor McGregor made by Motive Television, were among the first winners of the festival’s Torc awards to be announced.

‘Pioc do Ride’ and ‘The Notorious’ among the shows celebrated at industry get-together

Patrick Meade, managing partner of Boys and Girls: “Increasingly, clients want to extend work we’ve created in the Irish market into wider European or global markets.”    Photograph: Paul Sharp / Sharppix

Irish agency joins Interpartners to help it create ads that don’t get lost in translation

The ‘Shred of Decency’ confetti campaign created by Rothco for Daintree Paper

How to work in advertising and not hate yourself, as explained by Rothco

AIB group brand director Brian Keating with James Stephens GAA club hurler Jackie Tyrrell (left) and Crossmaglen footballer Aaron Kernan. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Club championship ‘Toughest’ campaign has grown into ‘brilliant canvas’ on TV schedules

Into the lair: ‘Dragon’s Den’ returns with two new ‘Dragons’. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Popular Sunday night series back for a seventh run on RTÉ

There are things the next government could do to not only preserve but promote employment in the Irish media sector. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Next coalition could protect and promote employment in Irish sector - if it wanted

A man walks on a red carpet in front of the Gulfstream G650 ER aircraft at Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) at Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, China. Photograph: REUTERSAly Song
Planet Business

Osman Kibar and the ‘god pill’, Yahoo bidders, ‘nearables’ and the music ‘value gap’

Noel Curran at Dublin City University: he noted that three consecutive recommendations by the BAI that RTÉ’s public funding should be increased have been ignored. Photograph: Eric Luke

Outgoing DG says broadcaster unable to solve ‘structural’ problems on its own

Spending on digital advertising in Ireland hit €340m last year - IAB PwC report

Denis O’Brien: radio group owner

Communicorp on hunt to fill top job after Peter McPartlin resignation last year

TV3’s ‘The Gadget Buzz’ presenters Joe Donnelly and Dr Fionnuala Conway with series editor Andy O’Donoghue: series two will explore technology of the future.

TV3 series returns for second run to analyse impact that technology has on people’s lives

AOL chief executiveTim Armstrong: “It is probably going to take a long time, it might take a couple of decades . . .” Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

AOL engineers in Dublin contributing to development of One advertising platform

Vacant beach chairs at the Egyptian tourist resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Planet Business

Ghost resorts, inversions, ‘Panamania’ and a guide to H&M

Morph: New episodes by Aardman Animation will feature on Sky Kids app later this year

Kids ‘don’t hold back’ in their views, says Lucy Murphy, its first head of kids’ content

 Dee Forbes: has jumped the fence from a multinational media world backed by billionaire shareholders to a relatively puny national one beset by political inertia

RTÉ must negotiate with its new DG’s old employer if it wants to show Olympics

Ivan and Deirdre Yates: The High Court ruled in February that AIB was entitled to a judgment of €1.6m against Ms Yates. It demanded repayment from her, a primary school teacher, in June 2014. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Broadcaster has denied move prompted by family’s legal battle with AIB

Rachel Reid (played by Ann Skelly) is confronted by her father Liam (Anthony Brophy) in a forthcoming episode of ‘Red Rock’

TV3 soap opera is ‘one of the most successful exports in Irish broadcasting history’

Dermot O’Leary, Goodbody stockbroker’s chief economist: “A vacuum exists when important policy initiatives in the areas of housing, infrastructure and health need to be addressed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Stockbroking company says that political uncertainty could harm Irish economy

A total of 474 new start-ups in the construction sector were founded in the first three months of 2015, figures show. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Figures show finance sector sees biggest jump in new firms, followed by construction and Davy warn of low stock and ‘depressed’ housebuilding activity. and Davy find lack of ‘affordability’ holds back Dublin market

Blendle:  Dutch pay-per-article app

The Dutch micropayments app has expanded to the world’s largest media market

Dublin Bus: “social and media monitoring” support system contract out to tender. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Social and media monitoring contract put out to tender to track public comments

Potential overseas sales: Emmet (Daithí MacSuibhne) and Ama (Donna Anita Nikolaisen) in RTÉ’s drama Fair City.

Soap and sitcom among the series RTÉ hopes to sell to international buyers in Cannes

The Crown: BBC wanted to make the series but “could not compete” financially with Netflix.

Traditional TV not making enough high-end drama to compete, say UBS analysts

The print media in the western world is facing a crisis as more and more people access their news online. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty

The Trinity Mirror title has faith in print, but its target audience may have other ideas

Members of the Economic Club of New York wait at their tables to hear US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen speak in New York March. Photograph:  Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Planet Business

Fairygodboss, Michael Sheen, ‘liberalism offsets’ and executive pay at Google

Chief executive Tim Armstrong at AOL’s offices in Dublin: he wants the company to reach 2 billion users, up from about 700 million. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Media survivor has big ambitions for advertising revenues, says CEO

Wireless said that factors behind the failure of UTV Ireland to capture a significant market share included consumer confusion around both re-tuning of digital receivers and also programming inconsistencies with the long established UTV Northern Ireland. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Former owner of UTV Ireland says radio advertising growth still slow

Posters promoting TXFM on its launch in 2014. The alternative music station was previously known as Phantom and began life as a pirate broadcaster

No licence requests for station once known as Phantom, but Radio Nova expresses interest

Firstcom managing director Conor Bofin (right) and director Gavin Byrne. Mr Bofin said the contract was “an important win” for the company

Agency to help revitalise ancient Silk Road trade route between Europe and China

Laura Halpin and Ronan Jennings, two of six Irish advertising professionals who will compete in the Cannes Young Lions event in June.

Lenny Abrahamson to direct ad for Peter McVerry Trust as part of IAPI scheme

A young boy takes a swimming lesson in an image from Permanent TSB’s new television advertisement.

‘Keep going’ campaign will be run across television, cinema and social media

Good, old-fashioned,   local journalism: Five bright-red newspaper vending boxes  around Dublin will  mark the introduction of a print version of the “Dublin Inquirer” whose website attracts about 60,000 monthly readers

Digital-native makes print foray while most publications are trying to move to digital

Ciaran Cleary (left) and Joe Connolly from RTÉ’s ‘Garda Down Under’

Pope Francis and ‘Sugar Crash’ docs among other titles sold to Australian broadcasters

Giant Cosmic Egg: Artisan luxuries such as these have always surfaced at roughly this time of year. The difference, now, is that consumers don’t have to hunt them down in specialist enclaves

Does what you eat ooze filth and guilt, or bathe in a pure and holy light?

Paul Krugman does not go ignored in Japan. Photograph: Reuters/Franck Robichon/Pool
Planet Business

‘Sub-core’ assets, trouble at Sports Direct and how Microsoft likes to party

Rachel Leonard, senior strategist, Irish Times media solutions team, and Michael Clancy, managing director of Mediavest. The media-buying agency that spent the most money booking ads with the titles in 2015 was Mediavest, which is part of the Core Media group. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

Growth rate accelerated in second half, according to NewsBrands Ireland group

A man drinks from a beer can while wearing a virtual reality headset at a party hosted by Deloitte Digital during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
Planet Business

Virtual fun, the end of nightclubs, the ‘Twitterversary’ and two business bonanzas

European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has asked the president of the Eurogroup for more details on his proposals to improve the transparency of its work.

Ombudsman wants more information on public access to unpublished documents

Central Bank governor Philip Lane. The bank put out a public tender notice asking for specialist training companies to help it provide “Physical Intelligence for Leaders for the Central Bank of Ireland”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Governor Philip Lane turns to neuroscience to get more out of senior staff

 Cera Ward: country manager for Google Ireland and winner of the 2016 IAPI Doyenne Award

The advertising industry bestows the title each year to promote female talent

Dermot Costello, managing director of Qualtrics Ireland: “Your customers can change very quickly, and your employees can change very, very quickly in a company that is not looking after them.”

The market research ‘unicorn’ plans to expand its Irish staff to 250 by end of year

Jon Florsheim, director of TV and fixed services, Eir

Free roaming is its latest bid for customers, as it waits for Setanta Sports deal approval

From news groups with paywall phobias to open-access sites that depend upon the unpaid, there are efforts to get users to cough up – but, you know, voluntarily

In the age of ‘pay to play’ and ‘hope labour’, even big companies have turned into buskers

 Independent News & Media  chief executive Robert Pitt:  “It is up to the market to decide if they want to invest in the business and reap the rewards of that.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Chief executive Robert Pitt outlines growth plans but warns of ‘an awful lot of work ahead’

Independent News & Media says it expects to buy more print titles in Ireland as part of plans to grow the group.

Chief executive Robert Pitt says market consolidation is necessary to extend life of print

Google Ireland head of sales Ruth McEntee: “It’s not just 18-year-old gamers, it’s mums and it’s the over- 55s who use YouTube.”

YouTube Audience Report indicates 30 per cent of mothers with children under 18 use YouTube to research products

Love/Hate: one of RTÉ’s biggest DVD hits

Online shop contains a catalogue of DVDs such as recent RTÉ dramas Charlie and Clean Break and Love/Hate

Richard Branson: to be depicted as  a saviour figure in ad promoting Virgin Media Ireland’s mobile offering. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Virgin founder is the face of €2 million television and online campaign

“Architect-next-door” Dermot Bannon with ‘Room To Improve’ homeowners Aoife Sheridan (left) and Melissa Furze.

Gráinne McAleer on getting ‘real conversations’ and happy endings on screen

Paddy Power was censured last autumn for the lorry advertisement that read “Immigrants, jump in the back! But only if you’re good at sport”

ASAI has ‘no mandate to act as a censor’ but tries to tackle areas of ‘societal concern’

Apple’s general counsel, Bruce Sewell, throwing his hands up, didn’t appear fazed ahead of his testimony to a hearing titled The Encryption Tightrope: Balancing Americans’ Security and Privacy. Photograph: Reuters / Joshua Roberts
Planet Business

Colouring in, ‘smombies’ and crazy Google search tricks

TG4’s drama ‘An Klondike’, made as both a series and a feature film by Abú Media.

Irish broadcasters and producers rack up 42 nominations for this year’s ‘Torc’ awards

Tech journalist Holly Brockwell, founder and editor of the site Gadgette

Digital publishers give mobile operator’s decision a sarcastic ‘cheers’

A fantasy role-play gamer is just one of the internet users poked fun at in Meteor’s new television campaign.

Mobile phone network’s ‘Secret HQ’ television ad hones in on internet culture

Awareness-raising ad for the charity TABS, created for the advertising industry’s benevolent society by the agency Publicis.

A 60-year-old advertisng benevolent society is on a mission to raise awareness - and funds

Irish Country Magazine: sales have risen 11 per cent in the past year and are up almost 60 per cent over a two-year period

The ‘Farmers Journal’ publisher is increasing the frequency of its women’s glossy title

Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It was the 487th ‘social media’ election since the vote was first rocked in 2007, but somehow not everyone was excited

A Nao humanoid robot powered by IBM’s Watson technology sits on display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg
Planet Business

The pounded pound, endearing robots, a ‘Czexit’ and odd interview questions

Richard McClean, NI managing director, INM  (second right), and Simon Snoddy, finance director(second left) pictured with Gladys and James Greer, Greer Publications

Media group buying four titles from Greer Publications

Johnston Press recently agreed to buy the ‘i’ newspaper from the Evgeny Lebedev-owned ESI Media. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Iconic Newspapers subsidiary’s publications include ‘Kilkenny People’ and ‘Limerick Leader’

Email seeking feedback sent in error to passengers who hadn’t flown with airline in years

The always ultra-clean Canary Wharf business district, with its HSBC, Barclays and Citi towers, decorates /pollutes the skyline.
Planet Business

Victoria’s Secret, ‘Tubbies’, Cinque Terre tourist quotas and anti-Brexit bosses

2fm and Image Now, the design consultants that won a public tender to devise the station’s branding strategy, insist there are no quick fixes.

‘We may be at that 1979 moment again,’ says the head of RTÉ station, Dan Healy

Actor Charlene McKenna poses with a Vodafone remote control and YouTuber ‘Piggy Sue’, the star of the telecoms company’s advertisement campaign for its television service. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Television is changing extremely fast, yet TV remote controls still resemble ugly things

Federico Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’: Peroni, the festival’s ‘official beverage sponsor’, pays homage to the 1960 masterpeice in its current cinema advertising campaign

The Dublin cinemathon returns to its traditional February slot with Audi as sponsors

New 2fm imagery promoting late-night programme Chris and Ciara (Chris Greene and Ciara King).

Advertising revenues in first six weeks of 2016 24 per cent higher than period in 2015

Will Arnett and Ruth Kearney in Netflix’s ‘Flaked’: the show will arrive on the streaming service on March 11th

Irish actor Ruth Kearney co-stars alongside co-creator and main draw Will Arnett

The print circulation of The Irish Times now stands at 74,092 copies, according to the latest figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Daily morning sales market down 4.2 per cent while Sunday market retreats 6.5 per cent

Lucinda Creighton: her Renua party has said it will ring-fence just €54 million for the broadcasting sector in annual direct funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

FG’s potential coalition partner calls for licence fee replacement, but at a lower rate

Alan Massey, process operator at the MSD site in Ballydine, Co Tipperary: the pharma giant’s Irish operations now help to produce more than 60% of its top 20 global products

Positions will be in manufacturing sites in Carlow, Cork and Tipperary

Prof Valeria Nicolosi of TCD’s Amber science centre: her team is developing a high-tech battery that can be camouflaged in any material. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Prof Valeria Nicolosi’s team is developing new type of extremely long-lasting battery

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich. Photograph: Sean Rayford/Getty Images
Planet Business

‘Showgoggles’, a grim share dealer and an ex-Lehmans banker on the presidential trail

An Post series of science stamps, created by Detail Design Studio: a winner of an ICAD gold bell award last year.

ICAD will also recognise a client deemed to have supported creative bravery

Direct advertising from property and recruitment has been doing better than agency sales for newspapers

Media-buying agency Carat expects print ad revenues will fall 2% to €153 million this year

Tourism Ireland’s latest promotion is under way in Australia with billboard ads for Ireland in key locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Ireland’s Ancient East and Wild Atlantic Way feature on billboards in Australian cities

Sky Q involves “fluid viewing”, or Sky’s term for pausing content on one screen and picking it up from the same point on a tablet device or on another television in another room.

Sky Ireland is pouring millions into the marketing of its new ‘premium’ TV platform

Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow star as a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost in BBC Three drama ‘Being Human’, which ran from 2008 to 2013.

Channel’s digital-only status from February 16th feels more premature than progressive

The new petite, tall and curvy Barbies standing next to her traditional tiny-waisted, pin-legged figure. Photograph: Mattel/Reuters

Luxembourg announces ‘space resources initiative’, popcorn sales explode

Generation Foundation: “Those we feature are pushing the boundaries to their limit, trying to create a look which is unique, shocking, utterly perfect or all three.”

Broadcaster commissions make-up pilot from Northern Ireland’s Big Mountain Productions

Documentary by Bríona Nic Dhiarmada made as both a three-parter and a feature

Lenny Abrahamson: nominated for Best Director for the 88th Academy Awards for Room. photograph: brian lawless/pa wire

‘Young Lions’ scheme offers chance to work with director Lenny Abrahamson

Alan Cox: ‘Some sites resemble a Las Vegas strip, they’re so cluttered with ads.’ photograph: conor mccabe

Agency’s Outlook16 report forecasts 10 per cent growth in advertising spending in 2016

Noel Curran, outgoing director-general of RTÉ. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Director-general must be someone who can make the right calls on big stories

Sean O’Rourke: Audience on Radio 1 is now higher than Pat Kenny’s was in his final full year at the station. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sean O’Rourke, ‘News at One’, Claire Byrne and ‘Drivetime’ among shows adding listeners

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