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

Roger Casement and John Devoy

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

INM chief executive Robert Pitt (left) with chairman Leslie Buckley and operations director Michael Doorly at an INM meeting in June 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Robert Pitt earns director status after almost 18 months at the company

Finishing touches are being put to a skaters’ ramp under construction inside an abandoned church in the village of Llanera near Oviedo in northern Spain, which very soon will double as one of the world’s fanciest skate parks and a beacon for music video directors. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images
Planet Business

Oprah Winfrey, ‘Unicorpses’ and the most visited European cities

Euro 2016-bound: Irish players celebrate a goal in the qualifying round.  Photograph: @INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Irish market forecasted to grow 5 per cent this year - a more modest rate than in 2015

Gay Byrne’s interview with Stephen Fry on “The Meaning of Life” notched up 6.6 million views

Broadcaster’s biggest day for online traffic was May 23rd, the day of the count

Alan Coleman, founder and chief executive of Wolfgang Digital: his marketing agency found the top performing e-commerce websites in 2015 got more than half of their traffic from mobile devices. Photograph: Dave Keegan

‘Black Friday’ played big part in revenue growth for 2015, Wolfgang Digital finds

Ken Early: his sporty tweets show a rise in the influence rankings

PR firm Murray ranks clout on followers, retweets, favourites and tweets per day

Adidas: The German shoe and sportswear company has been hard at work pumping money behind a very particular problem: it’s not as cool as it used to be. Photograph:  Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

The sportswear firm is carefully managing its image as it chases revenue growth

Out-of-home ads for Diageo vodka brand Smirnoff, McDonald’s, Eir and Mondelez-owned Cadbury. Montage: PML Group

Out-of-home market rose 6 per cent as McDonald’s and Eir come second and third in spending table

The 360-degree format allows viewers to use their mobile device, desktop cursor or Apple TV remote control to manipulate what they see on screen.

Irish International BBDO and virtual reality company Littlstar create ‘immersive’ advertisement

RTÉ drama ‘Rebellion’ starring  Sarah Greene, Brian Gleeson, Charlie Murphy, Barry Ward and Ruth Bradley. The final episode will be broadcast on Sunday.

Ratings for RTÉ’s 1916-themed costume drama dropped off after its second episode

Angela Merkel gazes out from this oil painting by Irish artist Colin Davidson. Photograph: PA Wire
Planet Business

‘Peak stuff’, Foxconn’s Terry Gou, news from ‘The Onion’ and Merkel the oil painting

Mario Draghi: the   president of the European Central Bank dropped a clear signal that more stimulus measures would be forthcoming. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Crude oil prices climb off a 12-year floor and help extend rally on Wall Street

‘The Affair’ actor Joshua Jackson and writer/producer Sarah Treem are pictured arriving at a Hollywood party following the Showtime drama’s 2015 Golden Globe win.  Photograph: Reuters

‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Billions’ among the new dramas that will air on Sky Atlantic channel

The festival’s plan is to pick a different international territory and a different programme genre each year

Producers invited to submit ideas for history and biography programmes

IAPI chief executive Tania Banotti. Photograph: Feargal Ward

Advertising body IAPI hopes awards to recognise female talent will eventually not be needed

Reality Bites: Skin Deep saw Sinead Kennedy investigate the tattoo phenomenon in Ireland

Broadcaster is commissioning another round of its low-budget documentary strand

In the Mediavest survey, half of the 1,000-plus respondents claimed they had stopped using their mobile phone in the car having seen the public service campaign warning against it.

In a new 65 per cent of people admit to changing their behaviour

Newstalk denied an  advertising campaign had encouraged the use of bad language but had been “a play on words to get across the message that they were determined to get to the bottom of important news stories and be truthful to their listeners”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Communicorp radio station is trying to grow its audience . . . but then so is everyone

The new Saorview Connect service will make on-demand content available alongside the nine Saorview channels, while its set-top boxes will have greater functionality than the current generation of Saorview boxes and will bring the service more in line with pay-TV platforms.

Saorview Connect will be accessed via broadband when it is launched later in 2016

Actor Charlene McKenna poses with a Vodafone remote control and YouTube star Piggy Sue, who will also feature in the telecoms group’s advertisement campaign to promote its new television service. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Company’s television packages include Netflix button on remote controls

McElhinneys store in Athboy, Co Meath, the owners of  which are resisting receivers. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Attempt frustrated after standoff with store manager Neal Sweeney

Petroceltic chief executive Brian O’Cathain. Photograph: Sara Freund

Search for buyer persists as debt-weighed exploration firm gets month-long reprieve

A 36.6-metre (120-foot) tall gold-colored statue of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong is surrounded by farmland in Tongxu County in central China’s Henan province. According to Chinese state media, businessmen and local villagers contributed nearly 3 million yuan ($457,000) to build the cement statue. Photograph: Chinatopix via AP
Planet Business

‘Anti-goldilocks’ economy, the fate of ‘Mega Mao’ and lots and lots of cream

Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in the RTÉ drama series Charlie, which attracted an average viewership of 851,700 for its most-watched episode.

Viewing inches up by two minutes a day in 2015 compared with previous year

 Munster players David Kilcoyne, Conor Murray and Ronan O’Mahony in CelgenTek shirts. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Energy start-up and orthopaedics company to feature on Leinster and Munster jerseys

Sean Hughes, who is to return to RTÉ for a series of the comedy panel show Don’t Quote Me!. photograph: alan betson

Some 18 half-hour programmes will be made at the Comedy Showhouse gigs in Dublin

Saorview is, by one measure, Ireland’s largest TV platform, with 676,000 homes connecting to television this way, up from 607,000 a year earlier. Photograph: Thinkstock

Ad for ‘no bills’ television platform implores pay-TV customers to ‘free the TV’

Jonas Nay stars as Martin Rauch or “Moritz Stamm” (his spy name) in Cold War thriller ‘Deutschland 83’

‘Walter Presents’ is another window on the high quality of non-English language TV

UTV executives: Mary Curtis, head of channel, Michael Wilson, managing director UTV Television and John Mc Cann group chief executive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Head of channel will step down in early February, UTV Media confirms

Irish Farmers Journal editor and chief executive Justin McCarthy. “The Irish Farmers Journal has always pushed our readers to innovate, change and adapt to the latest technologies”

Readers of specialist newspaper can unlock extra web content

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and president of Ferrari Sergio Marchionne, hold a F1 car model at the stock exchange as the Ferrari luxury carmaker made its Milan stock market debut, in Milan, Italy, on Monday, January 4th. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Ansa Via AP
Planet Business

Ferrari toasters, drone fireworks, ‘background daters’ and a taxing Christmas

Robbie Brady celebrates scoring against Bosnia-Herzegovina: people watching on television were also enjoying jokes about the fog on social media. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland is ‘nation of second-screen supporters’, says PSG Sponsorship

Smarter TV? Sky’s AdSmart technology is set to be launched in Ireland. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Continued surge in mobile advertising will lead the way, Accenture forecasts

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to “build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work”. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg is creating a robot butler and I’m giving up superheroes

Sarah Greene as May Lacy in ‘Rebellion’: the drama debuted  to positive critical reception. Photograph: RTÉ/Patrick Redmond

‘Rebellion’ could return for second run in 2018 as part of plan to step up production

European Space Agency’s (ESA) XMM-Newton: Enterprise Ireland has signed an agreement with the ESA to develop an incubation centre for space businesses in Ireland.

Five-year mission for Enterprise Ireland as it signs deal with European Space Agency

 TV3’s Pat Kiely (right) is pictured with Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary at the filming of an ad for the airline in its Ballymount studios in 2014. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

New boss of the broadcaster has been on its management team since launch

David Drumm spent Christmas in Plymouth County Correctional Facility. The Dubliner has been in custody since his arrest by US Marshals on October 10th at his home outside Boston on an extradition request from the State.

Lawyers claim visit by his mother on Christmas Eve was denied

Danielle McLaughlin: “I do think that just as runners have their particular distances, writers have particular lengths they work better at too. Mine tends to be around the 5,000 to 10,000 [word] mark”

Danielle McLaughlin: ‘I think it’s more interesting if you don’t understand straight away and if you feel the story and it registe(...)

Garzweiler opencast lignite – or brown coal – mine, operated by RWE, in Garzweiler, Germany.  Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg
Planet Business

‘Hoverboards’ on fire, headphone jacks and ‘misleading’ painkillers

Ryan Tubridy: introduces RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ryan Tubridy, Ray D’Arcy, Carrie Fisher, Margaret Atwood, Rachel Reid, and more

A farmer with a bucket of slop - an image from UTV Ireland’s on-screen brand “refresh”, unveiled in September.

Competition was as fierce as ever, and the pressure will still be on for most in 2016

“At work, my new desktop wallpaper is an image of Peggy Olson strutting into the McCann offices with dark sunglasses and a cigarette hanging out of the side of her mouth.” Photograph: AMC

A year of ‘Poldark’, paranoia and seeing off a threat from Pixie Pickle Pants

Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway: “You’re hired to hit the ground running. That’s the thrill of the job.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Tony Hanway expects Virgin Media Ireland to ‘up the ante’ with quad play and its acquisition of TV3

The 24-hour TechCrunch Disrupt “hackathon” in London last weekend
Planet Business

Richard Bruton’s week, the ‘MUP’ debate and the trouble with handsome men

Niall McGarry, founder of Maximum Media, announced the new jobs last month

The company recently announced 42 new positions as part of its expansion

Neven Maguire: shares Aunt Maureen’s Christmas pudding recipe in his RTÉ Christmas special

There’s a distinct glaze off this year’s seasonal schedules

Red Rock’ actors Pandora McCormick (who plays Claire Hennessy), Adam Weafer (David Hennessy) and Cathy Belton (Patricia Hennessy). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

After new training schemes comes a possible year-round run

Twitter users require no news outlet to provide them with uplifting story arcs. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Audiences create hopeful narratives out of the chaos of bleak news. Should reporters?

Tony Hanway, chief executive of Virgin Media Ireland (left) and David McRedmond, outgoing chief executive of TV3 Group

Chief executive moves on as cable giant’s purchase of broadcasting group is cleared

TV3’s ‘Red Rock’ actors Pandora McCormick, Jack Nolan, Adam Weafer and Cathy Belton. TV3’s chief executive David McRedmond said: “We was busy finalising our deal with Virgin Media.”

Liberty Global’s Irish subsidiary agreed to acquire the group in July for up to €87m

Sota, aka Prof Hiroshi Ishiguro’s “social talker” robot
Planet Business

Fulfilment centres, shocking surveys and welcome to baby Max

 Andrea Hayes: will be at Dublin Airport to capture the magic moments when family and friends are reunited with their loved ones who have been living abroad

Broadcaster seeks applicants for airport reunions on ‘Coming Home for Christmas’

Sky gave blanket coverage to Paris in the days after the attacks

The breaking news on November 13th drew 190,000 viewers to the channel

Lucy Gaffney: 19th most powerful woman in Irish business.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Good news and bad news for Lucy Gaffney in the title’s businesswoman list

Skellig Michael, which features in the imminent “Star Wars: the Force Awakens”. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

Skellig Michael’s appearance in film to take Irish tourism ‘into a new dimension’

From left: chefs Gary O’Hanlon and Louise Lennox-Dessert, John Healy (maitre d) and chef Stephen McAllister from TV3’s “The Restaurant”, which is sponsored by Aldi

Funding pressures have turned Irish television into a groansome brand-fest

Mandate blamed the shop closures on lack of investment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

State’s largest grocery retailer says poor trading to blame for Carlow, Clonmel closures

Brian Fallon, co-founder of Journal Media, pictured in the company’s offices in Dublin last year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Founders Eamonn and Brian Fallon are investing in the digital publisher’s expansion

 At an Ireland/Bosnia and Herzegovina match in the Aviva Stadium: next year is set to be expensive for RTÉ, with Euro 2016, the Olympics,  GAA coverage and  the Six Nations. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

TV3 declares interest in ‘taking on burden’ of coverage in an expensive year for its rival

Planet Business

Adele’s sales glory, ‘accounting fog’ and the seasonal trade in poinsettias

Prof Lane told Central Bank staff it was essential to collaborate, innovate and communicate. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Not all of its decisions will be popular or easily understood, Philip Lane tells staff

The decline in EM News Distribution turnover from newspapers and magazines was 7 per cent and 6 per cent respectively

Revenues at newspaper and magazine distributor EM News fell 5% in 2014

Rebel pilots and Imperial Stormtroopers from the Star Wars film franchise are seen next to a life-sized model of an X-Wing Fighter during a promotional event at the Changi International airport in Singapore. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Anyone for a Chewbacca onesie?

RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Winners include ‘Cagney & Lacey meets Father Ted’ and a ‘pre-apocalypic’ survival tale

John Lewis department stores operate a well-worn formula for  this year’s Christmas ad, but there’s nothing cheap about it and certainly nothing gaudy. It is, in fact, just marvellous. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

Advertisers want us to marvel at their fairy dust, but it’s gold-dust ideas that win

Paul Dervan: “People are searching for jobs in the middle of the night. What’s going on there? Has looking for a job been something that’s been on their minds?” Photograph: Jason Clarke

Paul Dervan is testing to see which ads work the best for the multinational

Construction tools in a still from the HSA’s new TV ad, made by Irish International BBDO and directed by photographer Nadav Kander

Campaign by Irish International BBDO encourages industry to ‘re-appraise’ risks

The National Lottery’s ‘Guru’ ads are by creative agency DDFH&B

Creative agency counts SuperValu, the National Lottery and Eir among its clients

Commuters make their way to work in the La Défense business district in Paris on Monday. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Planet Business

‘Megabrew’, a bumper crop of Christmas trees and the robot revolution

 Baz Ashmawy and his mother Nancy Ashmawy may be bringing an Emmy home – to the UK

Sky 1 hit show ‘50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’ is nominated, but listed as a UK production

The Oireachtas is still in talks about getting its television channel on free-to-air platform Saorview. Photograph: Alan Betson

Same hashtag used by Pond’s wet wipes – so can the Oireachtas wash away impurities?

Maria Walsh and Brian Ormond, presenters of TV3’s Toy Show, which airs a week before RTÉ’s version

Ballymount’s answer to the ‘Late Late Toy Show’ sponsored by Spar for second year

Conductor David Brophy with Ed Sheeran on RTÉ’s ‘The High Hopes Choir’, which has been sold to UKTV. Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

‘The High Hopes Choir’ and ‘Rachel Allen’s Coastal Cooking’ sold to UKTV

Ball control: the TV3 deal covers the Six Nations tournaments from 2018 to 2021.  Photograph: Reuters/Toby Melville

Broadcaster licking its wounds after Liberty-owned TV3 scores Six Nations rugby coup

The River Lee in Cork city. File  photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ninety-three actions lodged last week over flooding, bringing total to more than 130

Addresses which attract a multiple applications will go to auction in January. Photograph: Adam Peck/PA Wire

676 possible two-letter combinations in new web addresses made available by IEDR

Image Publications editorial director Laura George

Image Publications is behind women’s glossy ‘Image’ and Aer Lingus’s in-flight title ‘Cara’

Planet Business

Cockroaches vs unicorns, craft beer stats, the ‘Export Cafe’ and a Twitter hearts update

Managing director of RTÉ Television Glen Killane:  He was responding to criticism from ‘Irish Times’ television reviewer Bernice Harrison about the lack of any returning drama series on RTÉ. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Glen Killane tells Cork Film Festival producing drama is ‘still bloody expensive’

Nancy Ashmawy, one half of Sky One’s 50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy, stars alongside son Baz in new Dublin Bus ads

‘50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy’ stars feature in company’s new marketing campaign

Google’s YouTube: ‘Half of us love you to bits and half of us think you’re the devil,’ said the EBU’s Mike Mullane.

YouTube hopes media groups carry on creating ‘amazing content’ for the platform

Clare Champion “columnist” Daisy, star of Dogalogue with Bev and Daisy, alongside  veterinary nurse Bev Truss.

Upcoming RTÉ series meets the men, women and dogs behind the oldest local titles

Ryan Tubridy with Donegal’s Blue Ribbon Choir as they audition in the Radisson Hotel, Sligo, earlier this month for a spot  on RTÉ’s ‘Late Late Toy Show’. Photograph: James Connolly

Advertisers paying €32,000 this year for a 30-second spot in its commercial breaks

Former Milk Tray Man James Coombes: chatty but confectionery-free. Photograph: Cadbury/PA Wire

Cadbury ‘modernises’ iconic polo-necked intruder known as Milk Tray Man

A cup of cappuccino in a Costa Coffee branch. Hot beverages are “always a good barometer of footfall and consumer activity”

Third quarter was the best for Irish shops in eight years, says industry body

Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella in UTV Ireland’s new series ‘Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip’, which makes its debut next Monday at 8pm

The couple stars in new six-part series ‘Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip’

Lilly Higgins, Anna Nolan and Paul Kelly of ‘The Great Irish Bake Off’: TV3 series returns this Sunday at 9pm. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

TV3 show will be ‘a treat at the end of the weekend’, says Sideline Productions

Jay McGuiness and his professional partner Aliona Vilani perform a Pulp Fiction-themed jive. Photograph: BBC / Guy Levy

Light entertainment shows are at the heart of a public service media ‘strategic paradox’

Melanie De Biasio performs at the Other Voices festival in December 2014: the festival is looking for sponsors this year

The cherished Dingle music event is now in its 14th year but struggles for funding

Leo Varadkar: will share his insights. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister will share his insights into challenge of communicating a strategic message

Kevin Bakhurst, former controller of the BBC News Channel has to be seen as the favourite for the RTÉ director-general role. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Here are some of the potential candidates for the most important job in Irish broadcasting

Noel Curran’s first year as director-general of RTÉ was one of major budget-slashing and job cutting - but also controversy. This was the year of ‘Mission to Prey’ and Tweetgate, the fallout from which was considerable and lengthy.

Broadcaster is hiring again, but its future funding may be squeezed

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