2fm’s regular ‘Breakfast Republic’ presenters Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh.

Pat Kenny crosses 150,000 mark, while Radio 1 signals ‘pacier’ ‘Morning Ireland’

Six-One: Bryan Dobson and Sharon Ní Bheoláin present the RTÉ  news bulletin, but, in a pattern that repeats itself across the Irish media, Dobson is paid significantly more

BBC disclosures are depressing but shine welcome light on perennial problem

The Marker Hotel, Dublin: planning a €6 million extension that will add 30 bedrooms. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Hotel room stock in the capital set to increase by 15% over the next three years

The Beacon South Quarter complex at Sandyford in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Landlords blame time it takes to solve arrears cases for trend towards larger deposits

Aideen O’Hagan and Anna Ryan are pictured at an ECubers summer camp at the University of Limerick.

ESE Academy aims to get more young people ‘excited’ about the evolving profession

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge both put on the goggles of foolishness at a tech business incubator in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Ian Vogler/Getty Images

‘British Blokes Corp’, the kakistocracy and Harley-Davidson in the slow lane

On repeat: ‘Father Ted’ is regularly repeated in peak-time slots on RTÉ2 because budgets for original programming on the channel are low.

Public service broadcaster says it will ‘reshape’, but Government must play its part

‘Much is now at risk,’ says RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

Failure to reform licence fee collection is costing media sector jobs, says Dee Forbes

According to research, many people in Ireland avoid the news as it has a ‘negative effect’ on their mood. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Too upsetting, too unreliable, too distracting - there are many reasons for a headline detox

Leo Varadkar puts his jacket on just before entering Number 10 Downing Street,  just like Hugh Grant would have done in ‘Love, Actually’. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Planet Brexit: the week in Britain’s economic self-sabotage

Long Brexit road ahead: Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’ (2015), a co-production between Ireland, the UK and Canada (one of which is not in the EU). Photograph: Kerry Brown / Twentieth Century Fox

Co-productions with UK should survive, but free movement vital, says film board

Businesses are in the unenviable position of trying to work on contingency planning at a time when the UK is still stumbling its way into negotiations with Brussels. Photograph: Alan Betson

The pain began the moment the pound plummeted after last June’s referendum

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has called for submissions on possible new commercial radio services. Photograph: iStock.

Broadcasting regulator seeks proposals for new commercial radio services

The Dark Hedges near Ballymoney, Co Antrim, aka the Kingsroad in ‘Game of Thrones’. Photograph: Getty.

From the Dark Hedges to the south of France: levelled trees bring two advertising ‘Oscars’

The winning land sale bid, way above the €75 million guide price, is the rare example of a nice surprise for RTÉ. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Surprisingly nice price for almost nine acres at Donnybrook still won’t fix its finances

RTÉ will “miss the Six Nations”, says group commercial director Willie O’Reilly. “There is no point in saying otherwise”

Willie O’Reilly interview: Weak pound alone has dented ad revenues by up to €6m a year

RTÉ drama ‘Love/Hate’ starring Tom Vaughan-Lawlor: one of its last hurrahs for DVD sales?

‘Difficult year’ for merchandise as viewers move from owning to streaming content

This will be the first time that the newspapers will be available in full in a digital format.

DMG Media Ireland will sell daily and Sunday titles to mobile and tablet users for first time

Strong and stable? Theresa May’s notes try to escape during her joint statement with Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace in Paris. (Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

Planet Business: A week of stiff breezes, golden parachutes and Brexit ‘creationists’

 Melissa McCarthy as White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Alec Baldwin as President Donald Trump in a recent airing of  Saturday Night Live. Photograph:  Will Heath/NBC/NBCU

Makers of ‘Gogglebox’ pitching ‘monster’ US comedy and variety format to broadcasters

Apologists for terror: one of the Daily Mail’s three-word headlines for the ages

Broadcasters shouldn’t axe their newspaper review slots, but they should rethink them

Construction activity has now risen in each of the past 45 months, as market conditions have steadily improved

Housebuilding surged in May, Ulster Bank purchasing managers’ index finds

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

Stop ‘nannying’ brands, Irish bank and ad agency behind ‘The Toughest’ will tell festival

ASAI chief executive Orla Twomey: “Primary responsibility” for disclosure of paid marketing rests with the brand.

Brands have ‘primary responsibility’ for disclosure, advertising standards body says

Virgin Media Ireland enterprise business manager Russell McQuillan, Louth County Council director of services Mary T Daly and mayor of Drogheda Oliver Tully at the Irish Maritime Festival in Drogheda. Photograph:  Robbie Reynolds

‘Fast, reliable wifi’ priced from €30 a month

The British Labour Party’s page on Facebook.

Labour Party spent more money on social media marketing than it did two years ago

Press in San José are lured to Apple’s new baby, the HomePod smart speaker. Photograph: AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez.

Planet Business: Board of Trade nostalgia in Britain, while Australia sets a new record

Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis and Zac Efron on the BBC’s ‘The Graham Norton Show’, which is distributed by ITV Studios to TV3, where it airs on Saturday nights.

‘Coronation Street’ and Europa League final among most-watched shows on channel

‘House of Cards’ power couple Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) settle down to a night of Netflix – possibly. But how many people watch the show? Photograph: David Giesbrecht/Netflix

Like the Underwoods, the streaming service knows how to outsmart its rivals

You break it, you buy it: a Grayson Perry Brexit-themed vase. (The “Leave” one.) Photograph: Robert Glowacki /Channel 4/ PA.

Planet Business: Amazon hits $1,000, while Glencore fancies a Bunge jump

A total of 825 cases have been initiated as part of the investigation into medical consultants. Photograph: iStock

‘Nanny costs’ and other expenses wrongfully claimed as ‘legitimate boundaries’ forgotten

National Competitiveness Council chairman Peter Clinch said oil and currency trends provided “a timely warning” about Irish firms’ vulnerability to external shocks.

Weaker sterling and higher oil prices provide ‘timely warning’ on exposure to shocks

EM Reapy: discusses  Red Dirt, a novel with themes of moral responsibility, self-destruction and generational rage at its heart

Elizabeth Reapy discusses her award-winning debut novel about Irish backpackers in Australia

Creative heart: singer and composer Eleanor McEvoy, chairwoman of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), in Brussels. Photograph: John Stapels.

Eleanor McEvoy highlights bargaining power ‘imbalance’ between platforms and creators

The Central Park development at Sandyford, Co Dublin, is billed as “Ireland’s first work-life campus”. Existing tenants include Vodafone, software company Sage and Hostelworld

Bank to pay €4.8m rent on office building originally owned by Treasury Holdings

Ruffled feathers: Big Bird feels the financial strain. Photograph: Jamal Wilson/AFP/getty images

Some ways of undermining media funding may be more visible than others

Noel Curran, who stepped down from his RTÉ role last year, succeeds Ingrid Deltenre as director-general of the EBU and will take up the position in September, the EBU said.

‘Candidate of choice’ appointed to oversee organisation best known for Eurovision

2fm ‘Breakfast Republic’ presenters Jennifer Zamparelli, Bernard O’Shea and Keith Walsh (right) with Dacia Ireland marketing manager Liz O’Gorman (centre).

Car brand will sponsor the 2fm radio show for the next 12 months

RTÉ’s campus in Donnybrook, which is set to get smaller. But should it make a clean break from Montrose? Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

And other nuggets from this week’s Seanad’s debate on broadcasting

“Yeah, it’s rubbish!”: Comedian Dom Joly reunites with a Nokia 3310 on London’s Oxford Street. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Facebook’s moderation challenges and Dom Joly relives giant phone sketch

The average loan drawn down by first-time buyers under the Central Bank’s mortgage rules last year was €185,939. Photograph: iStock

Average first-time purchase made at age 34, while subsequent buyers averaged at 41

 Popular porcine Peppa Pig: but when a bona fide money-spinner is finally shoved off the production line, it is far from guaranteed that  replacements will prove equally lucrative. Photograph: Channel 5/PA Wire

Entertainment companies have much to lose when their biggest hits become too big to fail

 ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’, starring Nika McGuigan (left) and Seána Kerslake, was awarded €250,000 by the BAI for its second series on RTÉ2.

RTÉ’s ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’ and ‘Striking Out’ also awarded production money by BAI

Johnny Depp (second from left) versus the cyberhackers, the latest instalment in Disney’s Pirates franchise. Photograph: Kristy Sparow / Getty Images.

Planet Business: ‘Trade facilitation posts’, ‘Mr Creepypants’ and boomerang bosses

The WannaCry hackers  targeted the weakest links. In response Microsoft made the unusual move last weekend of releasing a patch for Windows XP and other unsupported systems.  Photograph: iStock

Agenda: WannaCry ransomware a landmark salvo in cybercrime war of attrition

Communicorp has news editors in place at both Newstalk and Today FM as well as a role covering 98FM, Spin 1038 and Spin South West. It is understood these individuals have been invited to apply for the group role.

Single head of news will be appointed as part of radio group’s restructuring process

Chief executive Tony Hanway says Virgin Media does RTÉ a favour by giving it the top spots. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The top slots on pay-TV operators’ electronic guides are hugely important to viewership

Employees of Communicorp One will move to Media Central under a transfer of undertakings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Today FM and Newstalk owner wants to ‘leverage value’ from listener relationships

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: received report on review of the proposed takeover of Celtic Media by INM on May 9th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Denis Naughten has received the broadcasting regulator’s recommendations on merger

A programmer shows a sample of a ransomware cyberattack on a laptop. Photograph: EPA

Businesses warned of out-of-date software, as victims are urged not to pay ransoms

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: her plan is known as ‘One RTÉ’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Big themes will come to fore as Dee Forbes seeks to break down commissioning ‘silos’

The ‘Witness History’ campaign by Target McConnells for An Post was one of the Gold winners at the ICAD advertising and design awards. Photograph: Maxwells

Ad campaigns for An Post, Road Safety Authority and Iarnród Eireann recognised

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett enjoy a game of bridge washed down with Diet Coke. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Planet Business: The grammar checker that raised $110m and the billionaires who play bridge

Creative Ireland: The film ‘Sing Street’, one of the productions supported by the Irish Film Board, has won international acclaim.

Ireland needs to ‘go big or go home’ on film and television industry strategy, event hears

Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway: “What we will not wish to do . . . is pay for access to RTÉ’s content.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Public-service rival benefits from top positions on platform, says cable operator chief

Dublin’s IFSC: Employers are adding to  corporate finance, consulting and risk management teams, spurred on by Brexit. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

HR compensation and benefits specialists are in demand as firms try to hang on to staff

The new rules of engagement have been set by Netflix.  Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters/File Photo

RTÉ understands the need to future-proof its relationship with audiences but that costs

Alitalia flight attendants ‘deboard’ in  Rome, April 28th. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Planet Business: Marks & Spencer, the Bank of Mum and Dad and other fine institutions

Alan Coleman, chief executive of Wolfgang Digital: the marketing agency’s study found  the online economy grew at nine times the rate of Ireland’s gross domestic product (GDP)

Online shopping revenues grew by 45% in 2016, with smartphones the device of choice

Garrett Harte, former editor-in-chief of Newstalk, has returned to the station as a consultant. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Communicorp radio station says search for permanent replacement is ongoing

Canadian music star Drake: His song ‘One Dance’ was the biggest digital single of 2016, according to the IFPI. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Celebrations for its transition to digital are wisely postponed on ‘value gap’ concerns

German chancellor Angela Merkel holds a 3D printed figurine of herself at the Hannover Messe trade fair. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Planet Business: Angela Merkel, the web’s ‘quality raters’ and United Airlines’ week

Podcasts? What podcasts? More than 3 million people in Ireland listen to the radio every day for an average of almost four hours. Photograph: iStock.

The JNLR survey is out. What does it tell us about our listening habits?

Radio 1’s Sean O’Rourke: His listenership is a record for the 10am to noon slot since RTÉ first faced competition from Newstalk.

RTÉ’s choice of replacement for Pat Kenny continues to pay off, new figures show

The Iron Throne: Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) appear in the forthcoming season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, available on Sky and its streaming service Now TV

Younger people, sports fans and pay-TV refuseniks the key targets for streaming service

Budweiser’s use of UFC fighter Conor McGregor in its “Dream Big” competition was one of the ads to receive a ‘cease running’ instruction from the ASAI in 2016.

Ireland’s advertising watchdog says complaints increased 8% to 1,329 last year

Ann-Marie MacKay, director of products and marketing for Sky and Now TV:  “We know from the research we have done that a contract can be a barrier for people.” Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell

‘No strings’ streaming set to expand as company sells range of passes to content

Pat Kenny’s Newstalk show is 30 minutes longer than it used to be - which should help him add listeners in the JNLR radio ratings. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

The JNLR can seem like ‘fake news’, but the underlying data is vital to stations – still

A worker cleans the windows of the Ivanka Trump Boutique at Trump Tower in New York. Photograph:  Getty

Planet Business: This week in the circus, from Ivanka handbags to ‘Dragon’s Den’

Six Nations  rugby: on TV3 for four years from 2018. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

‘Drama of scale’ will air next spring as rugby tournament brings in more viewers

Patrick Bergin and Chris Newman in TV3’s Red Rock: Writing “academies” funded by Screen Training Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland have been eye-catching precisely because they are rare

Ireland wants to be a ‘global hub’ for TV, but words don’t end up on the screen by magic

 Donald Trump’s presidency means a  lot of uncertainty overshadows this week’s meetings of the IMF and World Bank. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit, Irish economy and impact of Trump presidency to be discussed at meetings

Irish companies’ concerns about the impact of Brexit linger, the latest business sentiment index from KBC Bank and Chartered Accountants Ireland has found.

Business sentiment index shows improving mood, though Brexit worries remain

Communicorp has  briefed employees on a major restructuring. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Group’s direct sales director to be responsible for all radio stations and online platforms

An anti-brutality demonstration at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport that followed the forced removal of a passenger from an overbooked United flight.

Planet Business: Job ‘snaplications’ and other things happening this week

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten joins news presenter Colette Fitzpatrick at the official opening of TV3’s upgraded Studio One in Ballymount. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Virgin Media-owned broadcaster has upgraded its original Ballymount studio

A single chief executive will be responsible for the music stations within the Communicorp group. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Denis O’Brien-owned group briefs staff on major restructuring

Margarine brands, once marketed as the healthy alternative, have not only lost the upper hand to “natural”, “authentic” butter, they have been forced to reformulate their products. File photograph: Getty Images

It turns out we can believe it’s not butter, and Unilever has had enough

Advertisers suspended  campaigns after their ads appeared in YouTube videos featuring homophobic and anti-Semitic messages. Photograph:  Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Normal service won’t resume until Google offers new assurances on ‘brand safety’

58% of junior roles are filled by women at 50 of the world’s biggest banks. Photograph: Getty

Planet Business: more than a numbers game

Portstewart Golf Club in Co Derry. The  annual “Meet the Irish” media event at the Masters will highlight that the course  will host the Irish Open in  July

Tourism body hopes TV ad and media event at Masters will drive interest in Irish golf trips

CareChoice operates six care homes across Dublin, Cork and Waterford with about 500 long-term residential care beds. The four new homes will add a further 600 care beds to the group.

French investment fund buys operator of six care homes and plans four new facilities

Facebook wants to get “as close to zero as it can” in relation to fake news. Photograph: PA Wire

‘We cannot become arbiters of truth itself,’ says social media giant

The “video wall” constructed by Kinetic for rugby sponsor Vodafone in November 2016: a large digital screen attached to a traditional Dublin billboard showed exclusive footage of the Irish team.

Kinetic uses a location intelligence platform to communicate with people as they move

Printing press: Celtic Media publishes the Westmeath Independent, Westmeath Examiner, Anglo Celt, Meath Chronicle and Connaught Telegraph, as well as two free titles, the Offaly Independent and Forum. Photograph: Matt Nager/Bloomberg

Regional newspaper group is subject of proposed takeover by INM

Women dressed as handmaids promote US streaming platform Hulu’s imminent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale at the recent SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Have you heard the one about the amazing new show you really can’t miss?

Adrian Lynch: A key part of his job is to deliver big television hits at RTÉ.

Adrian Lynch wants to make ‘bigger shows’ – and more of them – for RTÉ One and RTÉ2

Actor and Catastrophe writer Sharon Horgan, presenter Gloria Hunniford and BBC chat show host Graham Norton at the event honouring Ms Hunniford at the Irish embassy in London on Thursday night.

Event designed to connect executives and producers with Irish working in UK industry

British prime minister Theresa May and Qatar prime minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in  Birmingham for the  Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum. Photograph: Darren Staples / PA

Planet Business: The ‘neural lace’ that will mesh human brains with computers... finally

RTÉ received €179 million in licence fee funding in 2015, according to the last published annual report.

Responses sought from private sector as enforcement may move away from An Post

 Matt Cooper: the presenter of Today FM’s The Last Word went from 22nd place to the top of  the ranking of Irish journalists’ influence on Twitter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PR firm Murray ranks journalists’ clout on followers, retweets, likes and tweets per day

 Pauric Travers, chair of the BAI. Mandatory “red tape” on financial services ads will be excluded from the maximum number of advertising minutes that Irish radio stations are permitted to broadcast each hour. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Industry sought ‘level playing field’ with other media on ads for financial products

The metadata on extremist content can be altered to deceive the Google algorithm. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The internet giant, branded ‘the terrorists’ friend’, is being criticised from all quarters

Mobile will claim 62 per cent of all digital ad spending in Ireland this year and will represent almost 80 per cent of digital spending by 2021, eMarketer said. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

This year will mark ‘major milestone’ as advertisers flock to mobile, says eMarketer

“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

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