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,, 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

Killing Zig and Zag: RTÉ may be moving towards becoming a “publisher-broadcaster”, and much of what the station makes in-house could be made by outside companies

Move to end in-house children’s TV production was a mess, but not a shock

Lucy Gaffney of Communicorp thanked outgoing chief executive Gervaise Slowey for her “four fantastic years at the helm”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Chief executive resigns from Denis O’Brien’s group, replaced by UK radio executive

Maximum Media chief executive Katie Molony and broadcast director Paddy McKenna: the company’s revenues increased 65 per cent to €4.3 million in the year ending April 2016

Maximum Media to focus on video and audio content with a view to making €6m by April 2017

Core Media chief executive Alan Cox: “We have all revised our growth figures down vis-a-vis the beginning of the year”

Irish television market has also performed worse than was expected at start of year

RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch has defended  its decision to outsource all of its young people’s programming to the independent sector.

Broadcaster’s management admits the decision breached agreement with unions

Image of the week: Carolyn Spray surrounded by her many, many poinsettias at the Pentland Plants garden centre in Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

It’s time to prepare for the fourth industrial revolution – and, oh yes, Christmas

Brian Fallon, co-founder of Journal Media, pictured in the digital publishing company’s office in Dublin   Photograph: Alan Betson

Staff numbers rise at mobile-first publisher founded by Fallon brothers

TV3 viewed its broadcasting of the Rugby World Cup in 2015 as “a brand-defining event”. Photograph: Sportsfile

Revenue fell 16 per cent as Rugby World Cup only partially offset absence of UK soaps

 James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond: The first episode of ‘The Grand Tour’  was launched on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, November 18th. Photograph: Amazon Prime Video/PA Wire

Amazon revs up to chase Netflix with global launch and big shows like ‘The Grand Tour’

Artist Maser is one of the “thought leaders” hired by Ogilvy company Wilson Hartnell “to use art to bring brands and moments to life for consumers”.

Advertising agency records €1.45m in profit as revenue grows and costs fall

Disruption: A court in London recently rejected the claim that Uber in London was “a mosaic of 30,000 small businesses”. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Cases against Uber and Deliveroo expose vulnerability of on-demand labour force

Deliveroo in London: The firm, which refers to couriers as “superstar cyclists” in its recruitment pitch,   says it offers flexible work and a fair payment model.  Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Deliveroo’s pay structure changes sparked criticism and protests in Ireland and the UK

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Google chief executive Sundar Pichai:  not fully sure” whether fake news had contributed to the outcome of the US election.

British prime minister Theresa May is to prioritise the Just About Managing

VHI head of marketing Adam Bacon oversaw the development of a new “brand world” for the health insurer.

Adam Bacon beat off competition from Aer Lingus and Largo Foods executives

US president-elect Donald Trump has named Stephen Bannon, above, as his chief strategist and senior counsellor. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Beware of the normalisation of fascism in the name of ‘balance’ or business

RTÉ’s new MD of news, Jon Williams, describes himself as a “runner, traveller, Scouser”.

Experienced ABC News and BBC editor from Liverpool will join broadcaster in new year

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland: the company is increasing its prices from January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Typical bundle will cost €4 more a month from new year as broadband bills rise again

Trans-species trauma: A catch of carp in Germany appear to be  as stunned as the rest of us. Photograph: Bernd Wustneck/AFP/Getty Images
Planet Business

Singles Day embraces multitude, Web Summit asterisks shortage and a really carp week

‘Coronation Street’ pub Rovers Return: the soap opera is currently being shown on the UTV Ireland channel but may transfer to TV3.

Uncertainty continues for channel as Virgin Media deal awaits clearance from Minister

Ryanair advances 1.8 per cent, sealing the Iseq’s outperformance relative to the major European indices. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

European shares surge on advances among pharmaceutical, biotech and financial stocks

The New York Stock Exchange: markets have erased earlier losses sparked by Donald Trump’s win

Peso sinks but Russian shares rise on speculation Trump will mend ties with Moscow

John Griffin: the London-based millionaire had been to date bankrolling Westport-based Irish TV. Photograph: Dave Meehan

KPMG advising Mayo-based channel bankrolled to date by millionaire John Griffin

Arthur Sulzberger Jr, chairman and publisher of the New York Times: “Independent journalism is crucial to democracy.”    Photograph: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

The New York Times website is free during the US election, in what is now a big news day tradition

Aine Myler, Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

Áine Myler to replace Patricia Byron as director general

Image of the week: OMG NYSE. Photograph: Michael Nagle / Bloomberg

A week in news on breakfast, Brexit and the election that puts ‘emails before females’

The complainants said the advertising was sexist, degrading to women, offensive and insulting, with several also adding that it was misogynistic

Advertising standards body agreed ‘exploitative’ ad caused grave offence

Bob Geldof on WB Yeats: an example of RTÉ arts programming made with the support of international finance.

Public service broadcasters will share arts content and develop co-productions

Account director at Ipsos MRBI Karen Hall, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) chief executive Michael O’Keeffe, BAI chairman Prof Pauric Travers and BAI senior manager Ciaran Kissane at the launch of the public consultation period in relation to the draft BAI strategy statement on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Watchdog also plans to re-examine media ownership policy in place since 2012

Recent Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) figures show 2fm has lost 59,000 listeners or 15 per cent of its daily reach over the past 12 months.

Pressure on station rises as figures show it desperately needs to recruit younger listeners

Come to no Harmondsworth: village is situated in west London right next to Heathrow and faces partial demolition following the UK government’s decision to build a third runway. Photograph:  Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Time Warner, John Lewis, paper receipts and Heathrow runway woe

RTÉ’s on-demand content can now be accessed through Sky’s apps.

On-demand viewing has soared, with RTÉ’s streams up 33 per cent in 2016

Joe Duffy’s ‘Liveline’ has added 24,000 listeners over the past year. Photograph: Alan Betson

2fm, Today FM and Newstalk lose listeners, as stations aimed at younger audiences struggle

Surging Facebook advertising revenues appear to be the driver of a 59% increase in the size of the display ad market, which accounted for €94m of overall first-half revenues. Photograph: Getty Images

Figures reveal strong Facebook growth in Ireland

 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrives on stage for a rally at the University of North Carolina in  Charlotte on Sunday. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The polish of her campaign has been overlooked amid Trump’s multiple pile-ups

Orla Twomey, chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland: “We’re not here to resolve spats between companies.”

Alcohol ads and paid social media ‘influencers’ among ASAI’s targets for monitoring

Outgoing editor in chief of Newstalk Garrett Harte. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Harte leaves after 15 years at talk radio station

An employee of the Shenzhen Lanbingcai Latex Crafts Factory in China poses in a  Donald Trump mask. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Nick Clegg indulges in ‘Bremoaning’ while L’Oréal boss appears to be worth a lot

John and Dave from the very funny ‘Gogglebox Ireland’, one of the shows sponsored by Virgin Media Ireland.

Telecoms and beer brands want to bring on the funny, but what’s in it for them?

The Usit building on Dublin’s Aston Quay. The company dates back to 1959. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Student travel company records small net loss to end of October 2015

John Power, CEO of Aerogen: The company made a pretax profit of €10.1 million in 2015, on revenue of €40 million

Study shows Galway company’s aerosol drug delivery tech can reduce hospital admissions

The most popular network for frequent use among Irish users surveyed was Facebook, with 69 per cent using it daily, according to Mediacom’s ‘Connected Ireland’ report. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Brands should be cautious about crashing the social media party, MediaCom study says

Pharma overtook IT in terms of buoyancy, with the majority of these employment opportunities based outside of Dublin

Brexit may be having an impact on the ability of companies to forecast the resources they will require

The 20-month-old Irish Radioplayer app, a platform for 44 Irish radio stations, took home an award that has gone to Gay Byrne, Marian Finucane and Ian Dempsey previously. File photograph: Getty Images

Smartphones are our new listening devices, but the tradition is not quite FM

 Rimowa’s new  co-chief executive  Alexandre Arnault and model Karlie Kloss at a Paris Fashion Week show. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/EPA
Planet Business

‘Innovative jams’, a snarling tiger’s head and a robot baby that’s so, so cute

Colette Fitzpatrick and Pat Kenny pictured on the set of “Pat Kenny Tonight” at the Virgin Media TV3 HD Studio in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Competition raises everyone’s game, says co-presenter Colette Fitzpatrick

Independent Star Limited, owner of the ‘Irish Daily Star’, recorded a turnover of €20.2 million during the year, down from €21.7 million in 2014. Photograph: Peter Muhly/Getty Images

Independent Star Limited, partly owned by INM, paid dividend of €1.6m to shareholders

The Moments tab, which Twitter launched internationally a year ago, is designed to help users “find the best” content on the platform more easily. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Company says feature that bundles tweets around themes makes stories easier to follow

The potential to return, like: RTÉ2’s ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’ starring Nika McGuigan (left) and Seána Kerslake.

‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’ has won fans among younger viewers, but will it return for more?

Charley Stoney, managing director of recruitment firm Alternatives Group: firm’s study found average  earnings for a male marketing director were €138,000 compared with €117,000 for female directors. Photograph: Aidan Oliver

Study finds pay for marketers climbed 5% in past year and bonuses back in vogue

‘Ad contrarian’ Bob Hoffman attends the ADFX 2016 Awards in the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge, where he was the guest speaker.

‘Lousy’ ads are what happens when creativity is devalued, says ‘contrarian’ Bob Hoffman

Newstalk drivetime presenters Chris Donoghue and Sarah McInerney, in an image used in the radio station’s €400,000 marketing campaign.

A €400,000 campaign is under way to bring listeners to the radio station’s new schedule

Lucy Caldwell: The Belfast-born writer discusses why she waited until this point in her career to write about her home city and why she wanted to write about abortion in Northern Ireland in her contribution to Sinéad Gleeson’s new short story anthology The Glass Shore

The Belfast author on why Multitudes’ 11 stories are more autobiographical than her earlier work and why she put lonely female(...)

Elon Musk: Mars colonial fleet would be “kind of like Battlestar Galactica”.

Elon Musk’s Mars mission, ‘backpacker tax’ and Twitter’s legion of suitors

Television advertising revenues in Ireland are growing again after a hideous recession. Photograph: Getty Images

Television prepares to fight back against online challenge with targeted ads

Bath bombs in Lush, Fresh Handmade Cosmetics shop on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Empathy, minimising hassle and meeting expectations help companies up the charts

 Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman Pauric Travers, manager Louise McLoughlin and  chief executive Michael O’Keeffe: Mr O’Keeffe says the BAI takes a “neutral” view on the method by which it is funded

BAI supports proposed relaxation of television advertising limits

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Advertising agencies Rothco and Starcom won the ADFX Grand Prix for their campaign to launch Heineken cider brand Orchard Thieves.

Rothco and Starcom win advertising industry Grand Prix for launch of Orchard Thieves

TV3 Group managing director Pat Kiely with IAPI chief executive Tania Banotti. TV3 was a sponsor of last night’s ADFX awards in Dublin. Photograph: Conor Healy.

Virgin Media Solutions will sell on-demand ads on cable platform in Ireland and UK

Sony Corporation chief executive and president Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai giving a demo of a guitar made from Koov, a new Sony “robot-building educational kit” at an event about “increasing opportunity during adolescence” held by the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.  Photograph: Bryan R Smith / AFP / Getty Images

Planet Business: Sony’s robo-riff, digital non-intimacy, ‘shine theory’, Wells Fargone and Zara’s success

Gibney Communications founder Ita Gibney with managing director Donnchadh O’Neill. Photograph: Fennells

Donnchadh O’Neill is buying into the PR company founded by Ita Gibney

The 2015 ‘X Factor’ final’s audience of 8.4 million was less than half the 17.2 million who watched Matt Cardle triumph over Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction in 2010. Photograph: Press Association

Ratings have declined, but the familiar format is still regarded as a safer bet than most

TV3 managing director Pat Kiely said a channel that featured the best of its locally produced programmes and the best of RTÉ’s home-produced content would have a strong international appeal. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Liberty Global-owned group is keen to work with its rival on showcase of Irish content

Seven hundred people contributed to a crowdfunding campaign by Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (Cats) to buy up poster sites in Clapham Common tube station in London for a two-week period. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Crowdfunded campaign replaces London tube station advertising with posters of cats

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: Taking “an open look” at everything the broadcaster was doing.

Broadcaster trying to cut operating costs as deficit rises

Netflix has more than 83 million members in 190 countries, but the rate at which its subscriber base is growing has slowed down.

Virgin Media owner and US internet television company sign revenue share deal

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: “The business is changing around us, the models are changing, and we have to change with that.”

State broadcaster will take ‘an open look’ at everything it does, says Dee Forbes

Tony Hanway, CEO of Virgin Media Ireland: “If you haven’t got the money do everything, you have to look at what you are spending your money on.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Broadcaster has been keeping ‘a foot in every camp’ of Irish media, according to its rival

Facebook made multiple deletions of Nick Ut’s photograph of nine-year-old Kim Phuc, the naked “napalm girl” pictured fleeing an attack in 1972 near Trang Bang in southeast Vietnam. Photograph: Nick Ut/AP Photo

Treatment of Vietnam War photograph highlights social network’s censorship issues

It takes about three minutes to check in luggage at the express bag drop installation at Dublin Airport, according to Aer Lingus chief operating officer Mike Rutter.

Airline had ‘let slip’ its understanding of why people travel, says chief operating officer

Ireland’s food and drink sector has grown exports by more than 50 per cent since 2009, reaching €10.8 billion in 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ibec body calls for ‘Brexit-proofed’ budget with new subsidies

Newstalk Breakfast team  Shane Coleman, Colette Fitzpatrick, Paul Williams and sports anchor Alan Quinlan. Coleman and Williams will present on Monday’s debut. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Radio station has spent the summer rehearsing a fresh bid to gain younger listeners

Producing the show is more complicated than it looks, says Tania Alexander

Hong Kong  commerce secretary Greg So poses for a selfie with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau   . “Does Justin Trudeau realise how desperate his China love-in looks?” asked a commentator at the Spectator.

Sports Direct, Fox News, corporate governance and ‘weakest links’

Wolfgang Digital chief executive Alan Coleman: Facebook “seriously underperforms” when it comes to generating ecommerce revenue.

It quadruples its share of traffic delivered to ecommerce sites, but mobile lags on purchases

Robert Pitt: Has always maintained that he was “positive on print”. Photograph: Fran Veale

INM-Celtic deal will have to be cleared by competition commission and Minister

“The acquisition of Avoca in 2015 was an important strategic investment for Aramark”.  Aramark Ireland’s chief executive Donal O’Brien and Simon Pratt, managing director of Avoca

US firm’s takeover of Avoca pays off as retailer turns over sales of €16m in quarter

A man works at an electronics store as the Olympic games is shown on tv screens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Planet Business: Retailers in retreat, Deliveroo founder praises ‘life blood’ couriers

Newspaper sales fell further in the first half of 2016. The circulation of daily print titles was 5.7 per cent lower than it was in the same period in 2015, while the Sunday print market retreated 6.3 per cent.

Digital readership climbs strongly in same period

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has declared its bid to take over Wireless Group has received backing from over 92 per cent of shareholders.

Radio stations in deal include FM104 and Q102 in Dublin and Cork’s 96FM

Expectations ‘clearly scaled back’ after Brexit vote, index indicates

US president Barack Obama with a virtual-reality device, “staring at his hand as if he has unexpectedly caught a moonbeam”. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Laura Slattery dons VR goggles for the first time sending her brain over the virtual reality cliff

Ah. You wait years for one RTÉ show starring Amy Huberman and then two come along at once.

Irish broadcasters are warming up for a new season – here’s what to expect

 The new Holiday Inn Express on O’Connell Street, Dublin: the only new hotel expected to open in the city this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Average room rate is €141.3 a day and revenue per available room jumped to €127.5


Planet Business this week lists the highest-paid FTSE 100 bosses and examines the outlook for impressionist art

RTÉ has put the contracts covering consultancy services on its “strategic projects framework” out to tender. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster is obliged to prepare costed plans for regulator’s next funding review

RTÉ’s biggest commercial nemesis in recent years has not been Netflix and its ilk, but the panoply of UK channels that sell advertising in this market. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Government seeks consultants to advise on ‘opt-out’ TV advertising as producers cry foul

A sugar tax of 10c on cans of soft drink  will not help tackle Ireland’s obesity problem, said the Irish Beverage Council.

Irish Beverage Council says planned levy will not tackle obesity

The 2018 subtitling target for RTÉ One is 87-92 per cent. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The regulator has updated its rules on assistive services

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are expected to burn through $12 billion when “legacy spending” is taken into account. Photograph: AFP/Johannes Eisele/Getty Images

Budget overruns, ‘proud sponsors’, sportswear battles and other ‘stuff that matters’

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