‘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

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’

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

 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

Peter McPartlin is a well-known figure in the Irish advertising industry.

Former Today FM chief executive appointed to oversee and grow media agency business

The show sees Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella experience ‘the unique hospitality’ of Irish B&Bs

Couple will be touring Irish B&Bs again this summer as hit series switches channels

Mobile  ad revenues are driving growth. Photograph: Bloomberg

Industry body says 13% rise in online ad spending in 2015 helped it surpass television

‘There’s a tuneless choir in West Bridgford, Nottingham. They don’t have a note between them. Well, they do, just not the ones that Björn and Benny intended.’ File photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

‘It must be lovely to be able to say ‘this is it, if this isn’t good enough for you, then screw you’’

Commuters at Tara Street DART station. That average travel time breaks down into about eight long minutes waiting on the platform and almost 28 minutes on board the train. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin rail commuters are a captive audience for up to 36 minutes per day

Executive director of UK government communications Alex Aiken

Alex Aiken advises Irish PR professionals to ‘be more German’ to prove their worth

Sonia Flynn, international vice-president of SoundCloud.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Platform plans to negotiate ‘creator partnerships’ between brands and artists

Electric Ireland’s head of marketing Lisa Browne (left), pictured with Katie Taylor, Paul McGinley and group sponsorship  and activation manager Edel McCarthy. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Medals not required for sponsorship to succeed, says head of marketing

‘Great British Bake Off’ winner Nadiya Hussain: dismal treatment  by certain parts of the media

RTÉ plans to try harder to reflect the cultural diversity of Ireland - and it’s about time

Food warehouse in Quezon City, in the Philippines. Photograph: Taylor Weidman/Bloomberg

Iced coffees, tobacco laws, ‘Bin Laden’ banknotes and an Atlantic City ‘running on fumes’

SoundCloud said the subscription and advertising income would give musicians and other producers of content “the opportunity to be paid for the work that they share”. Photograph: SoundCloud

Music streaming company to sell adverts on free version

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

Print: under pressure

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

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

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, Vision-net.ie figures show. Photograph: Getty Images/Comstock Images

Figures show finance sector sees biggest jump in new firms, followed by construction

MyHome.ie and Davy warn of low stock and ‘depressed’ housebuilding activity.

MyHome.ie 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

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