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

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

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

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

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

RTÉ director general Noel Curran who has announced his decision to stand down  in May 2016.

His five-year tenure saw the return of stability to its finances, but challenges remain

An image from UTV Ireland’s September ‘brand refresh’. The struggling channel may not survive for long as it currently exists under ITV’s ownership.

The deal is unlikely to bode well for the future of Dublin-based UTV Ireland

Pat Kenny at the launch of UTV Ireland  in Dublin in August 2014. The station was launched with much fanfare but has struggled to perform since. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

UTV to sell its television assets to UK’s largest free-to-air commercial broadcaster

Planet Business

‘Strong Twitter’, Claire and Michelle and a platoon of self-driving trucks

Apple’s decision to allow the installation of ad blockers under its iOS9 operating system has sparked a flurry of downloads for cheap or free apps that allow users to avoid pop-up ads and other potentially irritating forms of advertising on mobile browsers. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

IAB executive says ‘scraping of dimes may have cost us dollars in consumer loyalty’

Tourism Ireland is set to use a video to invite LGBT couples from around the world to celebrate their weddings and honeymoons in Ireland.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Organisation is using video from ‘The Outing’ festival to help Ireland win LGBT custom

Paul O’Connell:  third most admired sports star, behind only the retired Brian O’Driscoll and Olympic Gold-winning boxer Katie Taylor.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rugby player third in sports rankings, as Gaybo takes second spot among broadcasters

98FM’s first Naked Breakfast show at Dublin’s Vicar Street last November. The event will be staged at the RDS this year.

Award-winning ‘Naked Breakfast’ to return for live one-off

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his every utterance and dramatic pause was inevitably analysed for signs that they contained an election timing strategy hidden within. Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

Kenny insists it will be a spring vote and now nothing of any note will happen until then

A still from the forthcoming 26-part ‘Zig and Zag’ animation, which will be on RTÉjr and CBBC next year

The broadcaster wants to collaborate with a new generation of animation start-ups

Magnus Ternsjö joined UPC Ireland as chief executive in June 2013 and became a member of the Virgin Media executive committee last December.

Successor will be announced in due course, says Liberty Global

‘Red Rock’ matriarchs: Actors Denise McCormack (left) and Cathy Belton  on the set of the TV3 soap, which has received a further €700,000 in BAI funding.

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland awards €5.2m to projects in latest funding round

Air France executive vice president for human resources and labour relations Xavier Broseta after scuffles broke out at the airline’s headquarters on Monday
Planet Business

Shirtless at Air France, the ‘adblockalypse’ and a Kindle-free zone

Richard Branson makes his entrance via truck at last week’s UPC-to- Virgin Media launch event at the RDS. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

TV advertisement features Patrick Stewart’s voice and a beaming Richard Branson

Intercom’s recruitment campaign is a type of meta-narrative, according to a company spokesman.

The software company is using emojis to attract Dublin-based engineers and developers

Channel 4 drama ‘Humans’: Ads on 4oD got 3.5 times the attention levels of YouTube ones, eye-tracking research found.

Advertisers need to ‘separate the wheat from the chaff’ in a crowded on-demand landscape

Apple Music is “absolutely” a threat to traditional FM radio, according to Today FM’s Colm O’Sullivan, but its advent can be used to radio’s advantage too. “It makes us up our game.”

Apple Music has made FM radio ‘up our game’, says Today FM director

Bright future: Irish people spend more time with radio than any other medium

A survey of Irish listening habits may comfort some FM stations, but it’s unlikely to dispel all fears

 Fiona Muldoon is one of three women leading Irish public companies Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Former Central Banker had been interim head of insurance firm

Matt Cooper, left, with panelists, from left, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Hugo MacNeill on TV3’s Rugby World Cup set in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Average audience of 956,600 beats previous high set by ‘The X Factor’ final of 2010

RTÉ chairwoman Moya Doherty with a bust of broadcaster Gay Byrne on RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nomad producer’s role as chairwoman is a balance between cheerleader and governor

Planet Business

Volkswagen’s Mr Lies, Brazil’s Museum of Tomorrow and Pope Francis on capitalism

 Birch Hamilton: “With the Web Summit’s recent announcement of its move, Digital Biscuit is well placed to attract an international audience to Dublin, contribute to building the Irish film industry and Ireland’s smart economy and to help maintain Ireland’s position as a leader in the tech and film industry globally.”

Film and technology networking event will be held in Dublin in March

Mobile accounts for 37 per cent of traffic to Irish e-commerce sites, says Wolfgang Digital . Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Wolfgang Digital study finds desktop is ‘holding its own’ despite smartphone surge

Missy (Michelle Gomez) is surrounded by Daleks in ‘Doctor Who’. Photograph: BBC/Simon Ridgway

Rights holders TV3 and ITV celebrate as viewers pour in for key games

‘The Voice of Ireland’ judges Una Foden, Kian Egan, Rachel Stevens and Bressie: the singing contest is made for RTÉ by Screentime Shinawil.

The Irish production sector has been hit hard by recession

Baileys: was the only brand in Diageo’s portfolio to overtly acknowledge and court women as consumers

Drinks giant wants to ‘future-proof’ its brand portfolio by appealing to women

IBI chairman John Purcell: says it is vital to protect news and current affairs programming on independent radio and  allocate ‘the licence fee income to both RTÉ and independent broadcasters’. Photograph: Pat Moore

Independent Broadcasters of Ireland urges Government to spread licence money

Craig Farrell, who has been appointed managing director of ZenithOptimedia. (Photograph: Conor McCabe)

Core Media has appointed Farrell to oversee media strategies for clients such as Red Bull, Disney and the IDA

Planet Business

Happy Birthday copyright, the ‘diesel dupe’ and the Goldman Sachs reading list

Bleak outlook: Volkswagen’s US fines could be 15 times the $1.2 billion Toyota was obliged to pay up last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/Files

‘Diesel dupe’ has taken edge off Volkswagen’s environmental reputation editor Michael Cullen: ‘Sometimes you do hear that ideas that have been presented in pitches do crop up again in campaigns.’

Survey finds half of respondents believe fees should be paid for time invested in pitches shortlisted for the title “Most Influential Irish Site Ever”

Once-off title will be bestowed as part of this year’s Web and eCommerce Awards

Ad-blocking app Purify: says Apple Safari users ‘deserve to Browse in Peace TM’.

Developer withdraws number-one ad-blocking app as others continue rise

 Richard Branson: jetting in to Dublin.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Party and visit by Richard Branson will mark rebrand of UPC Ireland next week

‘Swipe TV’ presenters Claire O’Reilly and Simon Mulcahy.

Gunge-happy RTÉ2 series has developed an app to allow viewers influence the show

The construction of one-off houses fell 40 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2015. Photograph: Laura Hutton/

Multi-unit developments rise significantly in the past two years, new figures show

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien said the group was continuing its “journey to becoming a total communications and entertainment company”. Photograph: Reuters

Denis O’Brien’s telecoms group plans to raise up to $2bn on New York exchange

Credit unions scored very highly on empathy. Photograph: Maxwells

Credit unions top poll, followed by the National Concert Hall and Dublin Zoo

  Gerry Ginty, Sarah Slazenger, managing director of Powerscourt Esate and Ashley Gardiner. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

€10m invested in plan to produce a million bottles of whiskey per year at Enniskerry estate

Planet Business

Chocolate wars, 8K television sets, ‘Mr Broadband’ and the rise of Symphony

TV3 Rugby World Cup presenter Matt Cooper, left, with panellists, from left, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Hugo MacNeill, on its new set in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Ireland progress could see channel beat ‘X Factor’ record

Sidse Babett Knudsen as Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in ‘Borgen’. Photograph: Mike Kollöffel/DR.

Ireland needs ‘to build up our track record’ for exportable drama, says broadcaster

TV3 director of content Lynda McQuaid: ‘I’ve sort of created my own genre, which is wanting to make people cry.’ Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Emotive shows such as ‘Animal Rescue’ are a taster of what Lynda McQuaid has in store

The duchess of Cornwall meets This Morning host Philip Schofield (second left) and co-presenter Holly Willoughby, during a visit to the ITV studios to mark the broadcaster’s 60th anniversary. Photograph: Emma Clark /Getty Images

The commercial television network that broke the BBC monopoly is getting on a bit

The ASAI is to tell E-cigarette manufacturers they cannot make health or medicinal claims. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto The ASAI is to tell E-cigarette makers they cannot make health claims

Revised code includes updated section on gender and ‘more clarity’ for food marketers

Richard Moat , CEO eir, on stage with staff looking on during the launch of the brand eir , formerly known as eircom, in the company’s offices at Heuston South Quarter, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

New name, new logo, but is it a dinosaur, a tapeworm, or an old-school telephone cord?

John Clarke: new show is due to air on Sunday mornings on Radio Nova from September 27th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

DJ’s ‘Jukebox’ show for the station was cancelled after dispute with RTÉ over its name

Planet Business

‘Betty Power’, the supersized iPad, the ascent of Ikea and the oldest woman on Wall Street

Minister for Communications Alex White said it remained his intention to bring forward legislation to address the high level of television licence fee evasion - a thorny issue for RTÉ. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Broadcaster repeats call for more certainty from the Government on its future funding

James Hickey CEO Irish Film Board Photo: David Sleator

R&D is ‘the lifeblood’ of the film and television business, says James Hickey

Vogue Williams and Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTÉ Two at RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Line-up features Rubberbandits on 1916 and ‘strong and articulate’ women presenters

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Australia loses steam, Google adopts a smiling ‘e’ and the Fiat Chrysler boss gets huggy

Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary  with Ryan Tubridy.

Communications provider will use deal to promote home phone and broadband service

Paul Kelly, Lilly Higgins and Anna Nolan from The Great Irish Bake Off at the launch of TV3’s autumn schedule at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Broadcaster launches new line-up, which also includes baking and heart surgery

Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in RTÉ One’s ‘Charlie’, the most-watched programme so far this year.

Was it the weather? Irish adults watched 3 hours and 16 minutes of TV per day in July

Former Cork camogie captain Anna Geary, who will present ‘The Camogie Show’ on Irish TV. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The diaspora-targeting channel says its brand awareness is on the rise

A publicity shot for ‘Recruits’, a two-part documentary that airs on RTÉ One next week: the documentary follows new recruits as they make their way through a 17-week training period. Photograph: Hu O’Reilly

Production firm Moondance given permission to film Army trainees over 17 weeks

Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ installation at Weston-Super-Mare, in southwest England. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

If history has taught us anything, it’s that while some things are rubbish and depressing on purpose, others are just rubbish and (...)

American hedge fund billionaire Stanley “Stan” Druckenmiller: Through his investment vehicle Duquesne, he has invested some $324 million in gold via an exchange traded fund. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Planet Business

‘Super Thursday’, Google versus God and Corbynomics

The print circulation of ‘The Irish Times’ is  76,194. Photograph: David Sleator

The combined print and digital circulation of ‘The Irish Times’ is up by 1.5%

European stock markets extended their losing streak on Thursday, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt and London hitting seven-month lows. Photo: Bloomberg

Global markets react to the Fed, German stocks face worst month since 2012

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

New product will ‘solve specific problems’ for small companies and start-ups

Sinead Troy, general manager of IASCA and DMDS Ireland: ‘Radio is as important as it ever was.”

Composers group says the adoption of a single system will help get more artists on air

A still from the new campaign for Brennans Bread, one of Ireland’s biggest grocery brands

‘Unsung heroes’ are at heart of campaign for one of Ireland’s top grocery brands

Keri Russell (left) and Matthew Rhys star as Soviet spies in FX Networks show ‘The Americans’.

US network executives say the industry is approaching ‘peak TV’ and have the stats to prove it

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