“Send us your ideas”: Zai Bennett, director of programmes for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland, is looking to commission dramas, comedies and documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky 1. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

‘Send us your ideas,’ broadcaster’s content chief Zai Bennett tells Irish TV producers

Beijing bathroom users are finding themselves on the hot seat over hoarding loo roll. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Also: ‘Pre-loading’, a woman for USA Today, newbie billionaires and flat champagne

RTÉ, Donnybrook: Commercial   income at the broadcaster  came in at €155 million in 2015 – less than the €179 million licence fee funding it received that year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The broadcaster is in a sticky financial position and may remain there for some years

The Luminosity light show at the Custom House in Dublin, part of the 2016 New Year’s Festival. The 2017 festival will be ‘reimagined’ in a new €2.5m tender. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fáilte Ireland is looking for a new ‘creative direction’ to lure in more tourists to city

Google chief business officer Philipp Schindler apologised to advertisers, saying Google would take “a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content”

Core Media, Ireland’s largest ad-buying group, has paused its clients’ campaigns

RTÉ is seeking up to 250 redundancies and will replace its existing television, radio and digital departments with content divisions as part of sweeping executive and structural changes announced on Wednesday.

Dee Forbes backtracks from statement that she would like to see doubling of licence fee

Facebook along with Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads  which has launched new sets of “Better Ad Standards”. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Videos that auto-play with sound and ads that swamp screens among most-hated types

Independent House on Talbot street. Group revenues rose €2.2 million, with the biggest uplift coming from a near 10 per cent rise in its distribution business.

Analysis: Newspaper ad revenues fell by twice the amount that its online ad income rose

Independent News & Media (INM) chief executive Robert Pitt. INM has been asked by the ODCE to produce records in relation to the abandoned plan to buy Newstalk.

Media group says it is complying with ODCE request as it announces 12% rise in profits

British media secretary Karen Bradley has confirmed she will refer the planned £11.7 billion (€13.48 billion) takeover of Sky by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to Ofcom, the UK communications watchdog.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

21st Century Fox’s bid for pay-TV company is response to an even bigger rival takeover

Congestion:   Dublin traffic moves at less than 5.5kph in peak  periods, data suggests. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish capital found to be slowest-moving of major cities compared in bank report

Electric Picnic: The net economic worth to the Stradbally area is put at €16 million, while the impact in Co Laois, excluding Stradbally, is put at €4 million-plus.

Promoter Festival Republic reports music fans spent €26m around Laois annual event

Buzz Aldrin at the SXSW festival: the second man on the moon  wants us to get our asses to Mars. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Also this week: Buzz’s Mars dream, ‘Twibel’ and the Wolves player turned HSBC chairman

Bulmers marketing director Belinda Kelly said the new campaign keeps Irishness at its centre

C&C’s Irish cider eyes makeover in €10m brand investment

Ed Sheeran, guest-starring in ‘Game of Thrones’ and very possibly looking forward to Easter. Whenever that is. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP.

News sites are making it their business to tackle vital queries like ‘When is Easter?’

Gibney’s clients include KBC Bank as well as Aldi, BAM Construction, Maynooth University and Dublin Port Company

PR firms already partnered on Liberty Mutual’s acquisition of Ironshore

Maximum Media chief executive Katie Molony in the company’s new studio with broadcast director Paddy McKenna (left) and chief commercial officer Daragh Byrne

Audience will ‘build over time’ for weekly show streamed live from Maximum Studios

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra  with PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares, after successfully offloaded GM’s  European car business, including Opel and Vauxhall, to the French maker of Peugeot and Citroën. Photograph: AP Photo / Zacharie Scheurer

Plugging the capital’s Liffey and Grand Canal locale while Adidas goes on fitness regime

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “Irish radio stations are losing revenue from this Brussels red tape requirement.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Requirement to include terms and conditions is costing the medium money, says MEP

The Color Company, trading as the Irish Post, announced in February  it had bought the digital and intellectual property assets of Irish TV from the liquidator in a six-figure transaction. Photograph: iStock

Approval from Minister for Communications Denis Naughten needed after watchdog nod

Generation Z’s idol (and villain) Conor McGregor  at the UFC 205 weigh-ins at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November 2016. Photograph:  Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Upload your job application videos now – the post-Millennials are set to join the workforce

A shot from TV3 soap ‘Red Rock’ with a blue box tag in which an advertising poster can later be digitally added.

Virgin Media brand will appear as out-of-home advertising within the drama

Bad week: Martha Ruiz (left) and Brian Cullinan (right), the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partners overseeing the Oscar ballots. Photograph: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

It was a good week for the Australian economy, less so for PwC

Maximum Media chief executive Katie Molony with broadcast director Paddy McKenna.

Dublin-based publisher records growth as it reinvents itself as online broadcaster

Brian Keating, AIB group propositions and brands director, with Michael Murphy (left) and Shane Williams, who feature in ‘The Toughest Trade’. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile.

Sports-swap documentary format devised by bank’s advertising agency returns to RTÉ2

Mia Gallagher:  discusses using 1970s Dublin as a setting and her trans woman character Georgia Madden. Photograph: Robbie Fry

Laura Slattery discusses with the author how and why she wrote this strangely compelling and compellingly strange epic

Waterstones, which owns Hodges Figgis in Dublin as well as  the Cork branch of Waterstones, recorded a pretax profit of €1.9m. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Russian-owned bookseller has seen sales climb 7% in Irish stores in rising market

For Irish music radio stations, Spotify is more like Adele: gloom-inducing and inescapable. The streaming service has a solid fanbase in this market, with 340,000 users on its ad-supported free version alone. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Music service is another reminder that popularity and profitability are not the same

The futuristic Philippe Starck-designed €400m “Sailing Yacht A”, property of Russian industrialist Andrey Melnichenko.

Also in this week’s round-up: Pie-gate, Brexit price-movers, and a sorry yacht story

‘Ghost Adventures’, one of the paranormal-themed shows on UKTV channel Really, which is now available to Irish advertisers through Sky.

British broadcaster’s sales arm now represents 35 TV channels in Republic

Virgin Media, which owns the channels TV3, 3e and Be3, is now “a serious competitor” to RTÉ in the fight to win share of advertisers’ budgets, said ad-buying agency Core Media.

Core Media forecasts 3.3 per cent rise in Irish advertising due to digital and TV growth

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: “For a community radio station, €750 is a lot of money.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Denis Naughten says he wants to ‘reduce the burden’ on under-pressure broadcasters

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman Prof Pauric Travers: “We are looking at how we maximise the progress we make in gender and diversity,” he said

BAI wants to ‘maximise the progress’ of Irish broadcasters, says chairman

In 2006 Simon Kelner said  it was about time  newspapers started to  catch up with the price of a cup of coffee. Photograph: Frank Miller

Price comparisons sound defensive and say nothing about the quality of the product

Extra.ie: Most stories on the mobile site will be told in a snappy 300 words, DMG Media Ireland chief executive Paul Henderson said

Extra.ie will deliver professional journalism based on ‘data insights’, says DMG Media

After heavy rain in Sydney, a giant sinkhole opened up near the personal residence, in Point Piper, of Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (not pictured).

This week: Mickey Mouse revenue at Disney, United Airlines boss lets fly

Nika McGuigan  and Seána Kerslake star as Danielle and Aisling in RTÉ2 series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’, which was well-received by younger viewers.

Director-general says it will step up efforts to reach ‘elusive’ 15-34-year-old audience

Ivan Yates left Newstalk last summer after seven years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster will present two-hour Sunday show on Communicorp radio station

The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment is hearing submissions on Independent News & Media’s proposed acquisition of Celtic Media

Future of seven titles best protected by being part of INM, Oireachtas committee hears

 Kellyanne Conway has berated the media for not covering a fictitious massacre. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Worry less about official access, try to pick up on fake massacres and then . . . go fishing

Smoking cost the world economy more than €1.3 trillion in 2012

Planet Business: Facts, figures and trends from the world of business this week

The Irish Post said it saw “a strong future” for Irish TV. Photograph: iStock

London newspaper says it would like to have physical ‘foothold’ in west of Ireland

Radio revenues are forecast by media agencies to fall again this year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Shifting ad money from radio to social media is not justified, says 2fm head Dan Healy

2fm presenter Jenny Greene: the station says her collaboration with the  RTÉ Concert Orchestra has helped add listeners

Mixed picture for Today FM and strong figures at RTÉ Radio 1 in JNLR update

Accounts for Karen Millen Ireland Limited show that it broke even in the year to the end of February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Retailer records sales of €5.9m in the year to the end of February 2016, accounts show

RTÉ  director-general Dee Forbes.

Broadcaster could continue to produce presenter links between shows in-house

Andy Brown, chief executive and chairman of Kantar, which employs more than 50 people in Ireland across offices in Dublin and Belfast.

WPP advertising giant says its Irish companies and associates have revenues of €70m

Kevin Rafter, Eileen Maher and Clodagh O’Donnell to join BAI committees

 Ikea Ireland is doing well, collecting revenue of €132 million in the year to August 2015, up 17 per cent on the previous 12 months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The very profitable Swedish retailer’s brand-building is fun, clever and far-sighted

Although some online-only publications are members of the Press Council, the PRII said the legislation should be updated to take account of how divisions between different types of media have blurred.

Faster remedies needed for defamation on social media platforms, according to PRII

 Tasty deal:  2fm’s Eoghan McDermott and Edel Kinane, marketing director at Just Eat Ireland. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Takeaway app company is putting its name to drivetime slot on RTÉ station

The majority of housing units registered last year were in Dublin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A total of 5,626 residential units registered in year, says Construction Industry Federation

Mission to Mars: Donald Trump in a meeting with (far left) Tesla founder and chief Elon Musk. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

This week: ‘1984’ sales spike inspired by Trump and politicians turned bank advisers

Paddy Power’s sponsorship is worth a “significant six-figure deal”, TV3 Group said. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Broadcasting group will show 50 race days across main channel and 3e this year

The RTÉ mast on the broadcaster’s Donnybrook site in south Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Broadcaster tells staff the sale of Dublin 4 land will raise ‘much-needed funding’ for future

Eurosport has this month been broadcasting live coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament, where Serena Williams is set to meet her sister Venus in the final. Photograph: Reuters

Subscribers may lose access to channels from February 1st as rivals clash over price

Dublin consumer sentiment index fell to  137.8 in the final three months of 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Resilience of confidence in other areas may stem from stronger domestic economy

Core Media chief executive Alan Cox: Advertising hasn’t proven its worth in the boardroom. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Core Media and advertisers’ body say marketers need to ‘up their game’ to prove worth

Fake news picked up by the BBC: Google reviewed 550 sites suspected of misrepresenting content to users, with some of these found to be “impersonating” news organisations

Tech giant took action last year against 340 deceptive websites amid rise of ‘fake news’

Today FM’s new mid-morning presenters Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore. The pressure is  on them to stem the audience decline.

Listeners have ebbed away from the Communicorp radio station. So, what next?

A police sniper secures a roof next to the Congress Centre in Davos during the World  Economic Forum. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Planet Business: This week’s round-up: January profit warnings and the story of Italy’s Ray Ban magnate

Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh, Ervia group head of brands and marketing Orlaith Blaney, AIB group propositions and brands director Brian Keating, Coca-Cola marketing director Britain and Ireland Aedamar Howlett and MediaCom chief executive Peter McPartlin at the launch of the Irish Times and MediaCom’s “Marketing Decision Makers: a measure of sentiment for 2017” survey findings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social media channels are main target for further spend on advertising, survey finds

Dún Laoghaire library. Bookselling Ireland and Words Ireland said Irish booksellers and library suppliers had unique knowledge of the Irish publishing industry. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish booksellers set to lose €14m as overseas suppliers win 60% of €6m public tender

Una Kavanagh (left), Joe Hanley and Una Crawford O’Brien from RTÉ’s ‘Fair City’, the most streamed programme on RTÉ Player last year.

‘Fair City’ most-watched show on digital service, while overall streams increase 26%

Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton, chair of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Committee wants to explore role of independent producers and new digital services

The possibility that Ireland could become a post-Brexit base for cross-border broadcasters is one that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is keen to explore.  Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Ireland may benefit from break-up of London broadcasting hub, but big picture is not pretty

The wheel of the new Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

From drones to conceptual driving and the ’Jenga effect’

Donnybrook Fair in Greystones. The group operates six outlets in Dublin and Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group confident of return to profitability having invested in staff, systems and outlets

Paul Farrell, Virgin Media Ireland’s vice-president of commercial: “We’re trying to be more intuitive.” Photograph: Conor Healy

Six-month Netflix offer at heart of fresh campaign for renamed Virgin TV service

In New York on Wednesday, Donald Trump told his first press conference as US president-elect: “We’ve got to get our drug industry back.” Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

President-elect targets pharma and medtech sectors

A still from TV3 Group’s new advertising campaign: disgruntled viewers can see new and returning shows being promoted in the British media, yet can’t find them anywhere on the TV3/3e/Be3 schedules.

Three-channel group looks to future, but Virgin customers still missing ‘real’ UTV

Puttin’ on the Ritz was the opening group dance in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on Sunday night on RTÉ One. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Some sparkle, but plenty of padding in Irish version of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

‘Dancing with the Stars’ presenters Amanda Byram and Nicky Byrne. Can RTÉ replicate the glitz of ‘Strictly’ on its version of the BBC format?

Irish ‘Strictly’ is like Ed Balls attempting a lift - risky, but it just might be a must-watch

Love all: Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is has met his match in  tennis star Serena Williams. Photograph:  Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

What’s happening in Vegas, China, France and Limerick, plus the ‘happiest man on the planet’

The number of instalment arrangements agreed with the Revenue for the payment of owed tax increased from 8,494 in 2015 to 10,886 last year

Tax authority says evaders can expect ‘robust response’ in 2017

Entertainment empires such as Sky and Time Warner jewel HBO, which makes Game of Thrones starring Kit Harington, do very well out of the so-called golden age of television.

Budgets in newspapers, radio and TV are torn up as Facebook and Google strengthen

Spurs fans, some with one eye on their phones, celebrate during their away  Premier League match against  Southampton. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

No red card for mobiles or tablets during live television sport

TV3 Group lost ‘Coronation Street’ when UTV Ireland launched. But following Virgin Media’s acquisition of UTV Ireland during 2016, the soap has returned to the TV3 schedule

Returned soap opera wins more viewers than Euro 2016 football in channel’s top 10

Alan Sugar and Alana Spencer celebrate her winning the 2016 series of The Apprentice. She will receive a £250,000 investment from Sugar. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Your cheat sheet to the richest US celebrities, latest ‘Apprentice’ winner and Mariah’s ex

Mick McCaffrey, new head of 3 News Ireland at TV3 Group

Move follows departure of Andrew Hanlon and Virgin deal to buy UTV Ireland

The 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack, ridden by Bryan Cooper Photograph: Inpho

Four-year deal means RTÉ has lost Cheltenham and Aintree festivals to its rival

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: map will help consumers choose between providers in their region. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Communications ‘critically aware’ of rural frustrations

Jim Tierney (Patrick Bergin) and Detective Rory Walsh (Chris Newman) in a scene from a forthcoming episode of TV3’s “Red Rock”

TV and radio producers receive €5.6 million in latest round of broadcasting grants

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes expressed her wish for RTÉ to collaborate with its “frenemies”.

Donald Trump picked the most fights, but there was tension aplenty elsewhere

 James Morris: “It  is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to have a working, living community in the inner city.” Photograph: David Sleator

James Morris says Dublin Bay Studios would help Ireland compete for Hollywood business

The weakness of sterling has affected cross-border trade patterns already, according to EY. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

GDP expected to grow 3.1% this year and 2.9% next as the North’s economy slows

The newly completed Western End extension to the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre which is now fully operational

Sale to German group BVK includes seven hectares of development land in west Dublin

 Sam Bass, who lives in this basement flat at 10 Danbury Street,  Islington, received a letter addressed  to the British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Deck the halls with Christmas bonuses instead of parties, say workers

JC Decaux says advertisers will be able to reach 80 per cent of the adult population through its advertising sites.

Advertising contract will see it install and maintain about 500 new bus shelters

At present, the maximum rate of the student contribution is €3,000 per academic year

Group proposes system similar to UK model, with fees of up to €5,000

Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown in the Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 2016, which will be broadcast on RTÉ One and BBC One on Christmas Day. Photograph: Graeme Hunter Pictures

Audiences are fragmenting, but ‘Late Late Toy Show’ remains shiny and bright for RTÉ

Converge-Digitalis now targeting a trading volume of 5 billion ads a month across the Irish, UK and international markets, says chief operating officer Ian Maxwell

Advertising firm is part of group that includes Digitize, Vroom Digital and Medialink

 Denis Naughten: “Dee Forbes is doing a root-and-branch review of RTÉ at the moment.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment seeks to make online TV viewers pay

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is looking at the TV licence fee  options. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Law may be changed to future-proof public media funding beyond ‘traditional’ TV set

TV3 managing director Pat Kiely: “I am confident that our new three channel structure will drive the future potential and long-term growth of the business.” Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Some 40 open vacancies will be offered to 61 permanent UTV Ireland staff

 RTÉ director general Dee Forbes said  financial predicament meant there were tough decisions ahead for the station as it tries to balance its books.

Dee Forbes promises to consult unions before any more announcements on jobs

Journal Media and Distilled SCH will unite commercial sales across TheJournal.ie, Daft.ie, Adverts.ie and DoneDeal, as well as TheJournal’s offshoots The42, DailyEdge and Fora.

Companies linked by Fallon brothers chase scale by combining advertising sales

Nielsen says DAR, which calculates the size and demographic make-up of the audience for digital ads, is a stepping stone to a “total audience measurement”.

Methodology using ‘big data’ from Facebook will help campaigns reach target audience

Dee Forbes: told an Oireachtas communications committee last week that the UK’s Brexit vote was having “a direct impact” on RTÉ

Dee Forbes will share plans for loss-making broadcaster on Wednesday

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