“The acquisition of Avoca in 2015 was an important strategic investment for Aramark”.  Aramark Ireland’s chief executive Donal O’Brien and Simon Pratt, managing director of Avoca

US firm’s takeover of Avoca pays off as retailer turns over sales of €16m in quarter

A man works at an electronics store as the Olympic games is shown on tv screens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Planet Business: Retailers in retreat, Deliveroo founder praises ‘life blood’ couriers

Newspaper sales fell further in the first half of 2016. The circulation of daily print titles was 5.7 per cent lower than it was in the same period in 2015, while the Sunday print market retreated 6.3 per cent.

Digital readership climbs strongly in same period

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has declared its bid to take over Wireless Group has received backing from over 92 per cent of shareholders.

Radio stations in deal include FM104 and Q102 in Dublin and Cork’s 96FM

Expectations ‘clearly scaled back’ after Brexit vote, index indicates

US president Barack Obama with a virtual-reality device, “staring at his hand as if he has unexpectedly caught a moonbeam”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Laura Slattery dons VR goggles for the first time sending her brain over the virtual reality cliff

Ah. You wait years for one RTÉ show starring Amy Huberman and then two come along at once.

Irish broadcasters are warming up for a new season – here’s what to expect

 The new Holiday Inn Express on O’Connell Street, Dublin: the only new hotel expected to open in the city this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Average room rate is €141.3 a day and revenue per available room jumped to €127.5


Planet Business this week lists the highest-paid FTSE 100 bosses and examines the outlook for impressionist art

RTÉ has put the contracts covering consultancy services on its “strategic projects framework” out to tender. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster is obliged to prepare costed plans for regulator’s next funding review

RTÉ’s biggest commercial nemesis in recent years has not been Netflix and its ilk, but the panoply of UK channels that sell advertising in this market. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Government seeks consultants to advise on ‘opt-out’ TV advertising as producers cry foul

A sugar tax of 10c on cans of soft drink  will not help tackle Ireland’s obesity problem, said the Irish Beverage Council.

Irish Beverage Council says planned levy will not tackle obesity

The 2018 subtitling target for RTÉ One is 87-92 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The regulator has updated its rules on assistive services

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are expected to burn through $12 billion when “legacy spending” is taken into account. Photograph: AFP/Johannes Eisele/Getty Images

Budget overruns, ‘proud sponsors’, sportswear battles and other ‘stuff that matters’

A visitor takes photos of the humanoid robot “Alter” on display at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo. Photograph: Koji Sasahara/AP Photo
Planet Business

Twitter departures, ‘V2V’ conversations, the flying cow drone and this week’s robot

Daniel O’Donnell performs with professional partner Kristina Rihanoff on the BBC’s  ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in October 2015. Photograph: BBC.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ will replace axed ‘Voice of Ireland’ on Sunday nights in 2017

Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ’s departing deputy director-general, pictured in RTÉ’s television centre in January 2013. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Departure of news boss follows resignation of two television executives in July

Dr Annie Doona, IFB chairperson designate:    she said restoration of funding is necessary for the Irish industry  to capitalise on recent commercial and critical success. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Screen Producers Ireland also urges Government rethink on shelved media charge

Irish Examiner editor Tim Vaughan is leaving the title after 15 years to join the Cork-based software company Newsweaver.

Tim Vaughan has stood down after 15 years and will join Cork-based Newsweaver

Chris Greene and Ciara King: late-night presenters on 2fm, and recent stand-ins on ‘Breakfast Republic’.

Toxic partnerships behind the mic can be fatal, but rapport is a joy listeners can share

Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh: “If we don’t make a profit we won’t exist.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Turnover rises 0.4 per cent in ‘challenging but improved’ trading environment

Planet Business talks Olympic drugs, VCR eject, the ‘Man Engine’, the ‘gigafactory’ and Starbucks’ dress code

Game of Thrones: each episode  shown on Sky reached more than six million viewers across Europe. Photograph: HBO via AP

Pay-TV company enjoys higher audiences for Premier League and ‘Game of Thrones’

‘Cara’: the    magazine previously produced by Image Publications will now be produced by Cedar

Omnicom content agency will open new offices in Dublin following IAG contract win

Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny has gained listeners, according to the latest JNLR survey. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

JNLR survey reveals gains for Pat Kenny, Marian Finucane and Claire Byrne

Central Bank now expects GDP growth of 4.9 per cent this year, down 0.2 of a percentage point

Severity of the impact is difficult to gauge, says chief economist Gabriel Fagan

‘Fair City’ characters Emmet (Daithí Mac Suibhne) and Ama (Donna Anita Nikolaisen) meet in  Spar, which has a product placement deal with RTÉ.

BAI launches consultation on ads, product placement and sponsorship on TV and radio

Colm Hayes: leaving 2fm after a decade-long stint, having originally worked for the RTÉ station in the 1980s.

Presenter, who began his career in 1980s, became one of RTÉ’s highest-paid presenters

The Guardian newspaper offices in London. Its critics say the media group is not just underwhelming at business, it is reluctant to consider itself a business at all. Photograph: Bethany Clarke/Getty

The media group, set to report record losses, has yet to change its mind about paywalls

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond arrives for his first  cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Planet Business

Pokémorons, ‘Hammondism’, Tumblr’s tumble and the ‘disruptive’ razor company

TV3 Group has appointed Bill Malone as director of programming, poaching him from his role as RTÉ2 channel controller.

RTÉ2 controller joins Virgin Media television group as it prepares fresh ratings assault

Adforce.com chief executive Colm Grealy: “Audio is becoming the next new ad format for digital. Up to now, radio stations haven’t really been able to make money from streaming, it is just something they have had to do.”

Listeners to be served targeted audio ads following group’s link-up with Adforce.com

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: Inflation in sports rights, difficulties attracting younger viewers and a suddenly rich rival in the shape of TV3 Group are just some of the challenges she faces.

The deficit for 2016 is also likely to be higher than the €2.8 million recorded last year

RTÉ presenters Miriam O’Callaghan and Ryan Tubridy with actor Aisling Franciosi. Rising costs resulted  in a net RTÉ deficit of €2.8 million in 2015.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Broadcaster says it will remain ‘financially challenged’ without funding review

Institute of Advertising Practitioners of Ireland chief executive Tania Banotti: Reported a “dramatic” improvement in confidence in the industry. Photograph: Feargal Ward

Census by IAPI finds growing confidence, rising employment and high staff churn

UTV Ireland, now under the ownership of Virgin, is facing a full rebrand. Photograph: Eric Luke

What will the cable group do with its new Irish channel? Change its name, for starters

David who? David Cameron dropped in on the Farnborough International Airshow for one of his last engagements as prime minister
Planet Business

Knockout UFC returns, ‘leprechaun economics’, David Cameron and the flying urinals

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Spectre, which will be shown in Ultra HD on the Sky platform when it launches the service next month.

‘Sky Q Silver’ customers to get better picture quality as Premier League season starts

Boulder Media’s ‘Danger Mouse’ made for BBC children’s channel CBBC.

Toymaker says ‘Danger Mouse’ maker will help it ‘build brands through storytelling’

The Sunday Business Post has a circulation of 32,162, according to the last audited figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC), which are for the second half of 2015.

Newspaper owned by Key Capital announces merger with Cork printers Webprint

Senator Alice Mary Higgins pinpointed the creation of “a perverse incentive” for employers to pursue the “aggressive casualisation” of their workforces. Photograph:  Brenda Fitzsimons

Government reform of competition Bill comes after years of activism by trade unions

RTÉ2’s pre-match show was watched by an average of 271,000, while an average of 596,000 stuck around for the post-match analysis, which included a tribute to retiring panellist Johnny Giles.

Portugal v France match was shown on both channels as part of sub-licensing deal

Virgin Media said the agreement with ITV, which bought the two UTV channels last autumn, will also see it take over a 10-year deal for ITV-produced programmes including soap operas Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

ITV sells the fledgling Dublin-based television channel to Liberty Global subsidiary

Pól Ó Gallchóir

Pól Ó Gallchóir has been director-general of Irish language channel for almost 17 years

Members of the Irish Defence Forces press office and the team from advertising agency Rothco pose with the silver Cannes Lion.

Award-winning Rothco campaign for the Defence Forces has boosted female applicants

In his latest two-fingers to Europe, Nigel Farage combines a voting session at the European Parliament, where he is an MEP, with a telephone call, which is very basic back-of-the-class behaviour
Planet Business

‘Economic PTSD’, post-Brexit profit warnings, Tina Green, Nigel Farage and Fifa

Irish booksellers have asked the Government to delay a new national public tender on the supply of library books, which it says could force Irish companies out of business. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Bookshops may disappear from Irish towns, trade body ‘manifesto’ warns

RTÉ Television managing director Glen Killane who is leaving for Eir TV and Eir Sport

Telecoms group appoints senior Montrose executive as MD of Eir TV and Eir Sport

Adele’s Carpool Karaoke with James Corden has got more than 114 million YouTube views. Photograph: Craig Sugden/CBS via Getty Images

Why Sky got its hands on the viral-churning ‘Late Late Show’ (not that ‘Late Late Show’)

The recent critical triumph has been matched by some commercial success. In 2015 and 2016 to date, Irish films including Brooklyn, Room, Sing Street (above), Love & Friendship, Song of the Sea and The Lobster have taken a combined $140 million at the worldwide box office, with Brooklyn accounting for about $62 million of this.

Capital budget has been cut 44% since 2008

Asking prices for houses outside Dublin rose sharply in the second quarter of 2016, with prices in the capital rising more modestly, according to separate reports from property websites MyHome.ie and Daft.ie. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Prices rise 1.1% in capital, but increase 10.2% outside Dublin in year to June, says report

Nathan Carter, the “Justin Bieber of country” according to this newspaper, performs at the inaugural RTÉ Irish Country Music Awards. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Stetson invasion proves a hit for Montrose

Outgoing UK prime minister David Cameron, accompanied by  wife Samantha Cameron, pictured in happier times in April 2015 as he examines a massive crossbow during a visit to the Game of Thrones set in Belfast. Photograph: Reuters/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Industry will continue to fight European proposals to end content geo-blocking

Sailor  Annalise Murphy, a medal hope for the Rio Olympics. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Broadcaster says advertisers can place themselves ‘at heart of Irish glory’ in Rio

Newstalk’s breakfast team from September: Shane Coleman, Colette Fitzpatrick, Paul Williams and Alan Quinlan. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Communicorp station hopes to double down on its 25 to 54-year-old, urban audience

Protesters gather to demostrate against the EU referendum result in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday in London, England. Up to 50,000 people were expected before the event was cancelled due to safety concerns. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Planet Business

Brexit fallout, the Bregretters and the happy Brexiteers with no bregrets

Some £2.5 billion has been wiped off the value of ITV since the Leave vote in the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union. Photograph: PA

Decline in sterling against the dollar makes owner of UTV more attractive target

Rupert Murdoch is adding seven radio stations in Ireland. Photograph: Reuters

Deal to buy Wireless radio stations extends Rupert Murdoch’s influence in Ireland

Rebekah Brooks,  chief executive of News UK

Company agrees deal to acquire Belfast’s Wireless Group for £220m

David McRedmond led TV3 for nine years.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Former TV3 chief executive joins Rory Godson company in a non-executive role

Colette Fitzpatrick will present Newstalk Breakfast alongside Shane Coleman, Paul Williams and Alan Quinlan.

Daily schedule changes follow departure of Ivan Yates from radio station

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt with relay team-mate Nesta Carter: Boys and Girls worked with Bolt on a campaign for Digicel. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

Advertising agency part of Irish industry contingent on French ‘reconnaissance’

 Fan zone at the Champs de Mars near the Eiffel Tower ahead of the UEFA 2016 European Championship in Paris. Photograph: REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Planet Business

Euro 2016 fan zones, Brexit update and the ‘athleisure’ clothing boom

Reckitt Benckiser  marketers Maria Mealiffe (left) and Hazel Roche: “The sponsorship of Love Island is a perfect fit for our target market and fits really well with our overall campaign.”

Sponsorship of reality television show on UTV was ‘perfect fit’ with global campaign

The Public House’s Catrióna Campbell and Colin Hart outside the advertising agency’s premises near Dublin Castle.

Emigrant creatives don’t have to ‘compromise’ to return to Dublin, agency says

On top: a study has found Coca-Cola to be the most attractive sponsor of Euro 2016, followed by beer giants Heineken and Carlsberg. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

One-nil to the soft drinks brand in consumer appeal, Onside research finds

 Novak Djokovic  hits a forehand during the men’s singles final  at the 2016 French Open  which is now on Eurosport. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Discovery-owned network is warming up for new era of watchability

Netflix ‘Bloodline’: Ben Mendelsohn (left) and Kyle Chandler star as brothers Danny and John Rayburn. The drama was closer to the ‘savour’ than ‘devour’ end of the ‘binge scale’.

Binge watching is the new normal, says chief content officer Ted Sarandos

The Wild Atlantic Way “passport” can be stamped with motifs at post offices.

The souvenir to ‘deepen visitor engagement’ could promote local businesses in future

Baz Ashmawy (right) is taught how to do Wudu in his two-part RTÉ2 series ‘Baz: The Lost Muslim’

New commissioning rounds get under way as broadcaster begins to shape future schedule

UCD:  home of the summer media course

Crisis management and camera work part of one-week summer course at UCD campus

The  tribute to Jonah Lomu was shared by hundreds of thousands of fans around the world in the 24 hours after it was published.

Chemistry’s work for ‘Irish Examiner’ and Rothco’s ‘Shred of Decency’ win double gold

Donald Trump: drying on the shelves at the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Zhejiang Province in China. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song
Planet Business

Donald Trump masks, the US millennials living at home and friendly, helpful ‘cobots’

 Facebook: gets 14 cent out of every euro spent on digital advertising in Ireland.  Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

Big battles lie ahead, as media groups report accelerated decline in print advertising

INM chief executive Robert Pitt. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

‘Strong growth’ in digital business not enough to offset drop in newspaper income

Eir is permitted to remove a payphone unit if the average usage over a period of six months falls below less that one minute a day.

Communications regulator proposes keeping usage thresholds at one minute per day

Laura Bates has written the kind of sex and life education you wished you had when you were 14. Photograph: Eric Luke

Laura Bates has written a frank and funny book that gives girls the armour and tools they need to survive the ‘bombardment of crap(...)

Feargal O’Rourke, managing partner PwC: the company’s report  found, in particular,  a lack of understanding about blockchain technology, with 86 per cent of Irish firms “at best moderately familiar” with it. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/©INPHO

A quarter of traditional firms fear they will lose over a fifth of business, says PwC report

Amy Huberman and Jason Byrne in “The Rug”, a Sky comedy short produced by Sharon Horgan’s company, Merman

Six Ireland-themed shorts to premiere at Cat Laughs festival

2fm presenter Louise McSharry was on MC duties at Measurement Conference in Dublin’s Liberty Hall.

‘Harsh but fair’ truths of social media marketing at Measurement conference

“We have been identifying some new talent and they will be names that you will know,” says Newstalk chief executive Tim Collins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ivan Yates may be off, but George Hook is not finished yet, says station CEO Tim Collins

Tom Enders, the chief executive of Airbus: a man with access to some interesting engines. Photograph: Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP
Planet Business

A review of the business world this week

Standardised packaging for tobacco in UK. Photograph: ASH/PA Wire

The drab shade was deemed the most repellent - but will consumers always see it that way?

‘Big Brother’ presenter Emma Willis and ‘Big Brother’s Bit On The Side’ host  Rylan Clark-Neal

Three-year-deal secures reality series and its celebrity version

Today FM has appointed Keith McCormack, formerly of 98 FM, as its new chief executive.

Communicorp radio station will be led by the current head of Dublin’s 98FM

Road trip: the B&B show that follows Daniel and Majella O’Donnell has switched to RTÉ One for its second series.

Filming begins on the second series next month

For four years and 11 issues from 1959, ‘Campaign’, edited by Bernard Share and Isolde Farrell, covered the advertising and graphic design business in Ireland

Institute of Creative Advertising and Design brings back ‘critical thinking’ title

Michael O’Leary: the Ryanair chief has been doing his bit for the Remain campaign in Britain’s EU referendum
Planet Business

BBC recipes, Brexit update, ‘President Trump’ and other stock market ‘tail risks’

 Katie Molony, managing director of Maximum Media

Company behind JOE.ie and Her.ie is chasing millennials via social and branded content

‘The Good Wife’: fans in Ireland will have already seen its series finale, notwithstanding the fact it is yet to air on either RTÉ One or More 4

‘Seen it already,’ say some viewers. ‘It’s on at what time now?’ say the rest

Legal firms engaged in lobbying activity are not thought to be complying with the legislation to the same extent as public relations professionals. Image: iStock

PR industry believes legal and other professions have not reported lobbying activities

CarsIreland.ie was launched in 2004 and, according to INM, has almost 1,000 car dealers advertising 40,000 used, new and classic cars for sale on the platform each month.

Media group buys remaining 50% of the car classifieds business

‘Joan Collins hasn’t exposed herself to “harmful rays” since the age of 20, she says, which surprises me, as when I picture Joan Collins, born in the sun-worshipping 1930s, she is 100 per cent of the time reclining in an inflatable pool armchair with 1980s cordless phone in one hand and a ridiculous cocktail in the other.’ Photograph: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images

‘Blue skies in this country are like sporting triumphs, or abortions – they happen, but there’s no legal right to them’

Going for gold – TG4 programmes such as ‘An Klondike’ have been at the heart of the station’s success

The Oireachtas na Gaeilge awards will pay special tribute

 Former London mayor Boris Johnson campaigning for the ‘Leave’ side in the UK’s Brexit referendum.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Liberty Global’s planned donation to anti-Brexit group signals uneasiness

Tom McGuire: “We’re enhancing our programme teams now, and training 12 producers at the moment.”

‘Tweaking’ to station includes new summer weekend shows from independent sector

Fair City: along with other TV programmes, increasingly its audience does not watch live but on catch-up platforms.

Move brings TV industry closer to ‘total audience’ measure of on-demand and live views

“A festival of faces”: traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle / Bloomberg
Planet Business

Hotel Chocolat; grimacing at the New York Stock Exchange; techie team work and a popcorn mogul

 Prince:  exerted an unusual level of control over his music publishing. Photograph: Jordan Strauss/WireImage for NPG Records

Artists who embrace advertisers are not treated with suspicion anymore

Graham Norton: advised by his Eurovision predecessor not to drink until song nine. photograph: pa images on behalf of so tv

Wogan to be remembered by Graham Norton during song contest’s grand final

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