The ‘Economist’  was giving away free kopi luwak coffee in a bid to get people to subscribe. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
Planet Business

Ghost airports, the ‘gig economy’ and an English cose called Cortana

Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny has lost 8,000 listeners since the last JNLR survey. He now has an audience of 134,000.

Resurgent Red FM overtakes Cork’s 96FM, but there’s a slide for Today FM

Former head of 2fm John Clarke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nova chief executive Kevin Branigan says he is ‘disgusted’ by RTÉ legal threat aspires to be ‘relevant, timely and cheeky.

The ‘cheeky’ Facebook page has a massive 492,000 likes

Ivan Yates: ‘Newstalk Breakfast’ gained 35,000 listeners year on year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ratings haven’t been the best lately for RTÉ Radio 1, which has a 9am slot to fill

Categories in the inaugural Snapys competition include food, travel, fashion and pets, as well as some ‘creative wildcards’. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The independent ‘Snapys’ aim to recognise ‘fun and unique’ photos on the network

Connemara pony ‘Rocky Cashel’ with model Gracie at the launch of the 2015 Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall

The five-day equestrian festival sources 20 per cent of its funding from brands

Netflix online advertisements for its original series ‘Bloodline’ included a takeover of the RTÉ Ten home page.

With subscriptions on the rise, Netflix is like a Marvel villain targeting world domination, with a plan to be available everywher(...)

Sainsbury’s: the deal to buy  the pharmacy business of the UK supermarket chain is expected to be completed  by the end of next February. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

German owner Celesio is planning to add 60 new Irish stores over the next three years

Bank of Ireland received more than 34,000 business banking credit applications in the first half of the year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Credit approvals sum is 18 per cent higher than it was in first half of 2014

The Von Trapp family ensemble, with Steven Houghton as Captain von Trapp, in the original The Sound of Music stage show, which comes to Dublin from August 17th

One of the biggest ever Broadway musicals became one of the biggest ever movie musicals. Half a century later, it’s still entranci(...)

Planet Business

The ‘King of Infidelity’, the decline of spam and Tinder for just about everything

Former head of 2fm John Clarke: sitting in for Mike Moloney on Radio Nova

John Clarke will take requests once again this Sunday on ‘Ireland’s Biggest Jukebox’

The Sky logo sits on a sign outside British Sky ’s headquarters in Isleworth. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Antitrust case follows 2014 investigation into curbs on sale of movie and TV content

Storyful’s founder and former chief executive, Mark Little. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Expect the unexpected if you want to be hired by the News Corp social news agency

Magazines Ireland chair Rebecca Markey: sector suffered “disproportionately” during the recession due to increased competition

Magazines Ireland says UK competitors have ‘significant advantages’ Irish titles do not

News Now app: changes intended to give breaking news greater prominence

Update intended to ‘make the app feel more at home’ with the RTÉ News Now TV channel

Clara (Jenna Coleman) from the forthcoming series of the BBC’s sci-fi export ‘Doctor Who’, which has been growing its audience in North America. Photograph: BBC

The corporation accused of being predatory at home is taking steps to thrive abroad

The 1960s-inspired living area of this year’s  ‘Big Brother’ house. The reality series was broadcast on TV3 for the first time this summer. Photograph: PA

The channel is happy with the audience figures for its first run of the acquired reality series

The Dermot Bannon-fronted home design programme ‘Room to Improve’, made for RTÉ by Coco Television, has been sold to Foxtel Australia. Photograph: Eric Luke

International broadcasters exhibit ‘flurry of interest’ in Irish cookery and design

Planet Business

‘Staingate’, Twitter fakery and why Nancy and Florence should be paid the same as Arthur

‘The Day Henry Met’, which premiered on RTÉjr on Monday, has a budget of €1.2 million for its initial run of 26 five-minute episodes

Dublin company’s ‘The Day Henry Met’ sparks interest of international broadcasters

Coca-Cola was the eighth biggest out-of-home advertiser by display value in Ireland in the first half of 2015

Soft drinks companies boost spending in Ireland’s out-of-home market

Minister for Communications Alex White: signalled legislation on database access. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hired firm will prepare report for Minister for Communications Alex White

Customers resent having to wade through duds on the rails to get to the good stuff

If only the retailer’s products lived up to the slickness of its publicity machine

Today FM presenters Dermot Whelan, Dave Moore, Matt Cooper, Louise Duffy, Neil Delamere and Anton Savage who took part in its Google Street View-themed promotion “You Do the Maps”.

The €200,000 cash giveaway was a collaboration between digital and broadcast media

The carrying value of Nama’s loan portfolio, as of March 31st, net of the cumulative impairment provisions of €3.5bn, was €12.5bn. This is down from €13.4bn  as of the end of 2014

Disposal of assets and loans generates €3.5bn in first half of year, says agency

Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
Planet Business

This week: the ‘Case of the Magic Cheese’, M&S’s ‘bad dream’ and how the force is with Cineworld

For advertisers, time is money in a quite fundamental way. Brands buy time from broadcast and online media owners, and they do so in standardised chunks

How long is the ideal ad? Anything from five seconds to three minutes

Channel 4’s  documentary series Educating Essex from 2011 secured permission from a school to use a “fixed rig” robotic camera system to film pupils.

Channel 4’s popular ‘fixed rig’ documentaries inspire RTÉ One as it calls for ideas

TV3 director of content Lynda McQuaid: killed off planned revival of Blind Date hosted by Lucy Kennedy.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Show watched by ‘everyone in the television business’ is still part of its plans

Brendan O’Connor on the set of ‘The Saturday Night Show’, which was axed by RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch to  make way for a new Ray D’Arcy vehicle.

Things are looking up for the presenter – he’s finally got his own RTÉ email

Actor Valerie O’Connor, who plays Detective Nikki Grogan, and David Crowley, who plays Garda Sean Holden, on the set of TV3’s ‘Red Rock’. Photograph: Paul Sharp / Sharppix

TV rivals keen to tap Sound and Vision scheme to take edge off drama costs

Property portal will continue to operate from Dublin.

Fallons’ Distilled Media and Norway’s Schibsted will each have 50%

“The only way you achieve growth in broadcasting is by investing in content,” says TV3 chief executive David McRedmond. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The latest chapter in the 17-year-old TV3’s history has come much later than expected

TV3 Group has been sold to UPC for €80 million. An extra €7 million will be payable if TV3 hits  targets in the future.

Irish-American businessman John Malone now controls the Irish broadcaster

Planet Business

Sociable colleagues, the fireworks boom and Twitter’s ‘Project Lightning’

Bulmers owner C&C acquired Vermont Hard Cider Company for €235 million in 2012. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cider group agrees to discuss concerns about its future in Tipperary with TD

Richard Burke: The case taken by him over RTÉ’s Mission to Prey will go down as a minor postscript to what was, more generally, a major embarrassment of a programme. Photograph: Collins/Courts

‘Mission to Prey’ left RTÉ defending itself from criticism since it was aired

Permanent TSB has said it will allow about 70,000 mortgage customers on standard variable rates of 4.5 per cent to move to new rates that will start from 3.7 per cent. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Taoiseach hints October’s budget could be used to ‘deal with the banks’ on issue

 Jimmy Connors said he was incensed by Arthur Ashe’s pointed choice of warm-up outfit on the day, his USA-emblazoned Davis Cup jacket. Ashe had  accused Connors of not being patriotic due to his disdain for the Davis Cup national team tournament, and in response Connors’ manager Bill Riordan had decided to sue Ashe for libel. Photograph: Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Peter Bodo’s book is built on the clash between an aloof Ashe and the upstart Connors, writes Laura Slattery, but the final itsel(...)

Tania Banotti, CEO of the Institute of Advertising Practitioners of Ireland (IAPI). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

IAPI industry census highlights bright outlook, but also procurement pressures

Cannes Lions: The prestigious international festival in the French seaside town showcases the best advertising in the world

Trade body IAPI is leading an Irish delegation to the annual advertising festival

Parallel parking: superyachts lined up in Port Hercule at the  “Business of Luxury” summit in Monaco. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Planet Business

A €2.50 coin, ‘nothingburgers’, superyachts, hot dog pizzas and well-paid sporstmen

According to reports, BBC protocols for what will happen in the aftermath of the Queen’s death include a suspension of all comedy programmes across all BBC channels until after the funeral, apparently pencilled in for 12 days after her passing. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

The rehearsal for a royal demise ended in farce, but the real event will be comedy-free

Power in the Blood: The Story of the Irish Thoroughbred: Ella McSweeney’s documentary is a good example of the type of production proposal RTÉ is seeking

Science Foundation Ireland has given the broadcaster €500,000 to increase its output

A publicity poster for the Nursing Homes Ireland radio ad campaign by the agency DDFH&B. The message is one of positivity and it highlights the input of carers to residents’ lives.

DDFH&B nurse home radio adverts put focus on positive staff role

They’re back: after several decades presumably lost in space The Clangers return for a new series by Factory Transmedia. Photograph: BBC/Coolabi/Smallfilms/Pete Firmin

1970s children take note: the pink wool creatures make their comeback next week

Irish Independent Park: Irish Independent Park: former Musgrave Park has been renamed under a sponsorship deal.

Some rivals seem less than keen to refer to ‘Irish Independent Park’ in sports coverage

TV3’s studios. It is unlikely that INM, will try to buy the for-sale station.

Analysis: INM’s Leslie Buckley not only one who expects more consolidation

Independent News & Media will not rule out buying broadcaster TV3, INM chairman Leslie Buckley has said.

Consolidation in the sector is ‘badly needed’, says chairman Leslie Buckley

 British motocross rider Jamie Squibb performs a jump against the backdrop of the more corporate Canary Wharf area.Photograph: AP Photo / Matt Dunham
Planet Business

Sit-stand office desks, workplace ‘holacracy’

Denis O’Brien: shadow of billionaire privacy campaigner O’Brien looms large over all conversations about media mergers in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Government guidelines designed to protect pluralism have finally been set

The new Sky Arts channel will remain committed to showcasing the works of  conductor and violinist André Rieu

Channel can afford to be ‘more maverick’ than its rivals, says director Phil Edgar-Jones

Digital and data officer Justin Cullen of Core Media: communications group  is seeking more staff with backgrounds in mathematics for its analytics team

Communications group to fill vacancies across areas of data analytics and ‘createch’

An image from one of An Post’s two new television ads for Post Mobile: An Post is  spending about €750,000 between now and February on an  advertising campaign

An Post brings its pre-pay phone service up to date after five-year ‘struggle’

Cormac Moore and Daniella Moyles have replaced former hosts Ryan Phillips and Tracy Clifford after six-and-a-half years on Spin 1038’s ‘Fully Charged’

#RyanandTracy trends on Twitter as they say goodbye to ‘Fully Charged’ listeners

Patricia Callan, director of the Small Firms Association, said smaller firms are at the heart of the system for the first time.  Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

Small Firms Association welcomes the Act which is Ireland’s largest piece of legislation

Fifa director of communications Walter De Gregorio: “This for Fifa is good. It’s not good in terms of image, it’s not good in terms of reputation, but in terms of cleaning up, everything we did in the last four years, this is good.” Photograph: Ennio Leanza/Keystone
Planet Business

‘Good’ times for Fifa, Clinton merchandise, mega-drought and the HQ with warp drive

The NewsWhip Dublin team, including co-founders Andrew Mullaney (third left) and Paul Quigley (fourth left), pose at the Molly Malone statue in Dublin

Associated Press among the new backers for Dublin-based tech company NewsWhip

Thousands of people celebrate in Dublin Castle Square as the result of the referendum is relayed on May 23rd. Voters in the Republic of Ireland were taking part in a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Yes vote means broadcasters can throw away their stopwatches, for now

Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, fielding questions about the Apple watch ahead of its launch last April. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Desire to ‘go with the flow’ will open up communications opportunities for advertisers

Adrian Yeates, managing director of Volvo Cars Ireland, in the new XC90: “Safety will always be our number one concern, and that has a conservative dimension, but now we want to go over and above that with a focus on design.”

The car brand’s Irish business agrees partnership with venue operator Live Nation

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

The ODPC has put its communications and media account out to tender

Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (L) and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) visit the harbour in the village of Mullaghmore in Ireland on May 20, 2015 where the prince’s great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA explosion in 1979. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty Images

Live coverage of Prince Charles’s ‘emotional’ visit lured Irish viewers to the channel, it says

Minister for Communications Alex White will launch ‘FuJo’, the Institute of Future Media and Journalism, at DCU next month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

DCU media research institute will provide ‘space for innovation’ in journalism

Room with a view: a creditors’ meeting for Odessa Club and Restaurant Ltd will take place next Tuesday

Some 87 unsecured creditors will receive just 10 per cent of sums owed

The Electricite de France nuclear power station in Dampierre-en-Burly, France. The French power utility is the world’s biggest operator of nuclear power plants. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/ Reuters
Planet Business

Coiled cobras, referendum business and how the Disney force is with George Lucas

Michael Fassbender attends  2014’s  much-criticised Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) ceremony in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

After last year’s fiasco, the Irish film and TV industry is back to nervously applaud itself

Smart Flies Aer Lingus still: the ad is Aer Lingus’s biggest brand repositioning for many years

Jazz tune, Chris O’Dowd and the Irish ‘travel gene’ - the story behind its new TV ad

Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe with Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan: one of the shows available on its on-demand service All 4, which evolved from 4oD

Channel 4’s online platform will offer ability to target registered users by their names

Nicola Weldon,  island of Ireland meats marketing director for Kerry Foods.

Campaign for new cooked meats brand Fire & Smoke brings Henry ‘hell yeah’ Denny to life

Wimbledon as Gaeilge: farewell pointe an bhua (match point)

Sports channel takes over from TG4 by signing three-year deal to show tournament

Flour power: Taoiseach Enda Kenny with presenter Alan Hughes and baker Catherine Leyden on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’. Photgraph: Brian McEvoy
Planet Business

‘Tubmans’, Tim Armstrong, baking at Ballymount with Enda and the week in drones

AOL’s  Graham Moysey “There will be a consolidation of players over the next few years, so this is a good strategic move for us.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Verizon’s $4.4bn deal has AOL’s Graham Moysey celebrating

The dinner table remains so laden with brand messages, it’s in danger of collapsing.

But not all brands claim technology has hijacked the traditional meal

TV3’s ‘Red Rock’: Embattled Sharon Cleere (Jane McGrath) looks over her shoulder at villainous colleague Brian McGonigle (Sean Mahon).

The TV3 show’s average viewership has settled at 206,000

Red FM chief executive Diarmuid O’Leary: ‘It is about delivering a national standard at a local level.’

Red FM is closing the gap on rival 96FM following ‘substantial’ investment

Juniper Research said the rise of mobile advertising is partly the result of ‘an attitude shift’ among brands and retailers, many of which are now using mobile as ‘a core channel for consumer engagement’. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Juniper Research forecasts global ad spend on smartphones will exceed $100bn by 2019

Pat Kenny: ‘Pat Kenny in the Round’ will continue for another four weeks before returning in the autumn for an eight-week run. Photograph: Barry McCall

‘Pat Kenny in the Round’ lifts 9pm slot for UTV Ireland but soap fans switch off

The Newstalk slogan ‘Move the Dial’ appears in the final frame of its original TV ad, which was rejected by RTÉ but broadcast in error last week.

Previously rejected version of TV commercial for radio rival ‘broadcast in error’

The directors of Post Publications said they were  on track to make a profit during the first six months of 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

New owners have cut operating costs and invested a further €300,000 in title

This week: Carly Fiorina’s golden parachute, an economic love-in and Jessica Alba’s entrepreneurial prowess

Screengrab taken from Russell Brand’s YouTube channel of Labour leader Ed Miliband’s meeting with the comedian. Photograph: Russell Brand/YouTube/PA Wire.

Campaign has been marked by ‘Stur Wars’, Milifandom and a sprinkle of glitter

Kilkenny’s Aoife Neary is tackled by Cork’s Aoife Murray and Gemma O’Connor in 2014’s All-Ireland senior camogie final. The Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association both want their finals to be designated on the free-to-air list. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Terrestrial broadcasters and sporting bodies make opposing submissions to Government

Dena Walker, head of advertising at Irish International, says: “As an industry, we probably haven’t done as good a job as we could have about explaining the value of creativity.”

Playing to the emotions is the best way for brands to avoid being forgotten

98FM’s ‘Naked Breakfast’ event in Vicar Street, in which even the ads were performed live, is cited as a recent example of innovation by the Irish radio industry. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Stations told extra €5m could be spent on medium if industry were more innovative

Oliver Callan used the term “white trash” several times in a song for his  RTÉ television sketch show ‘Callan’s Kicks’.

Broadcasting body dismisses complaint about satirist’s country singer pastiche

This week: The ‘Dad’ revolution, the paperless cockpit and earnings leaks

NewsBrands Ireland chairman Vincent Crowley said: “We live in a changing world and it was time that our identity reflected the new reality of newspaper publishing and news delivery.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

National Newspapers of Ireland group relaunching as NewsBrands Ireland

Ian Dempsey proved a highlight for Communicorp-owned Today FM with his listenership of 194,000 up 7,000 on the last survey.

‘Morning Ireland’ still in pole position with listeners

Vincent Crowley stepped down from INM in May 2014 Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The former chief executive’s sum includes a termination payment of €749,000

Niall Gaffney, Phillipa Dunne, Amy Stephenson, Rory Connelly and Shane Langan in ‘The Walshes’. Photograph: Allan Staley

RTÉ’s rejection of ‘The Walshes’ has to be seen in the context of its financial upheaval

Minister for Communications Alex White is joined by RTÉ presenter Keelin Shanley (left), FM104’s Ruth Egan, RTÉ 2fm’s Nicky Byrne and Spin 1038’s Becki Miller for the launch of the Irish Radioplayer app. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

‘Competing on content but agreeing on technology’ is mantra behind the app

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Michelle Nic Grianna, who won a Celtic Media Festival ‘Torc’ award for her ability to move fluidly from hard-hitting news topics to lighter segments.

Three-day event will be staged in the southeast after pitch led by Nemeton TV owner

Channel 4’s Danny Carvalho (second left) discusses TV formats at the Celtic Media Festival with Scottish broadcasting executive Iseabail Mactaggart and Irish television producers Kieran Doherty and Evan Chamberlain.

Timing is right for show in which dodging surveillance is name of the game

Wolfgang Digital’s Alan Coleman  says that on average 43 per cent of the revenue of the ecommerce companies who took part in their study is generated internationally. Photograph: Dave Keegan

Up to 75% of money spent here online goes overseas but Irish firms do well elsewhere

Minister for Communications Alex White: Nobody in the radio sector is ‘naive enough to think the industry’s challenges have gone away’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Cabinet held ‘robust’ debate on media funding, Minister tells industry

 Apple watch: news journalists not on the technology beat confess to glazing over when big snazzy product launches like those for the Apple Watch are reported.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Journalists may sigh, but the media can’t ignore its new content platform: the human wrist

“It’s all about ‘yes, the takeaway is here!’,” says Amanda Roche-Kelly, of the “mini fist bump” ads for ordering site Just Eat. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/Fennell Photography

Online takeaway platform is marketing its offer with a promise to ‘liberate your lunchtime’

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