Jon Hamm as Don Draper in ‘Mad Men’: latterly the character seemed more comfortable with the idea of starting over again. Photograph: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

It’s impossible to envisage the series wrapping up with the creative director pursuing a new career

George Hook, Ronan O’Gara and Conor O’Shea on the RTÉ Sport panel for its RTÉ Two’s Six Nations coverage. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Rugby tournament generates more than 5m site visits and 520,000 live streams

Advertising levels in the Republic’s motor trade are now ‘very strong’, according to economist Jim Power. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Recovery is under way but spending on ads remains 10% below 2008 levels

A still from the HSE’s ‘Little Things’ multimedia suicide prevention campaign. The HSE has partnered with Journal Media on promote its website yourmentalhealth.ie.

Native advertising partnership to be extended throughout 2015

Brotherhood of Man, one of the acts appearing at the Eurovision 60th anniversary concert, give the world ‘Save Your Kisses For Me’, the winning  song in 1976.

RTÉ tells advertisers it has ‘bigger and better line-up’ for song contest’s 60th anniversary

Circulation for the Irish Examiner has fallen  with the newspaper selling an average of 34,424 copies in the second half of 2014, down 7 per cent year on year

Landmark’s Tom Murphy has ‘no doubt’ about newspaper’s future

 Netflix  says  the remote control  buttons are part of its broader effort to work with consumer electronics manufacturers to build televisions and other devices that improve the experience of internet television.  Photograph  Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Devices with button for streaming service will be shipped to this region for first time

Photograph: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire.
Planet Business

This week: National Workplace Wellbeing Day, royal Facetime and the ‘Beefhack’

Irish advertisers are spending more on mobile ads as part of their marketing strategies, according to IAB Ireland. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi / Bloomberg

Spending on mobile ads in Ireland grew 132% last year, according to new industry figures

Katharine Viner, who will replace Alan Rusbridger this summer, looks set to continue softening of distinction between news and features. Photograph: EPA/Guardian News & Media

New editor, from a features background, calls for more ‘playful intelligence’

The Sun’s front page splash last Monday encouraging punters to sign up for One Big Switch.

Company reluctant to talk about its deal with the tabloid – but it seems to be working

Jill Downey, managing partner, and Jamie Macken, partner, of Core Media’s new sponsorship agency, Livewire.

‘They just want to stick their name on it’ – Livewire survey reveals relationship tensions

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer: the tech giant’s strategy has been to seek to boost advertising dollars by generating content. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Half-hour comedies are the tech giant’s latest scheme to boost advertising income

Backwards EPG  allows viewers to scroll back through their electronic programme guides (EPGs), usually for up to a week, and watch some or all of the programmes listed

UPC Ireland to add function by autumn, while Saorview Connected may include it

Maximum Media founder and chief executive Niall McGarry says he never makes a business plan for the digital publisher that extends much beyond eight-10 months.

Digital publishing business plans have short shelf life, according to man behind Joe.ie and Her.ie

Maximum Media chief executive Niall McGarry. The digital publisher has expanded into the British market with the launch of JOE.co.uk

Dublin-based digital publisher has launched JOE.co.uk

A police officer stops a ‘Blockupy’ anti-capitalist protester near the European Central Bank  building in Frankfurt on Wednesday: Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters
Planet Business

This week: Clashes in Frankfurt, hide-and-seek in Ikea and the ‘lob index’

David McCullagh and Keelin Shanley, pictured at Wynn’s Hotel using a sepia technique. The presenters will be among those introducing a series of talks. Photograph: Ray McManus

Main road will be closed to traffic on Easter Monday for recreation of life in 1915

Lynda McQuaid, TV3 Group’s new director of content. Ms McQuaid will take up the position from April 2015.

Experienced producer of a string of Irish TV entertainment hits will join group in April

Independent News & Media has sold its stake in APN. Photograph:  Bryan Meade

The media group is now free of debt and free to buy companies that help its digital growth

Independent House, on Dublin’s Talbot Street, home to Independent News & Media. INM is selling its 18 per cent stake in APN for around €115 million. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Media group hails future ‘free of debt’, while Denis O’Brien also sells 12% APN interest

Bottles of Jameson whiskey: The Old Jameson Distillery hasn’t been a working distillery in decades, but some 400,000 people visit it and its Cork sister venue, the Midleton Experience, each year.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The Irish whiskey brand is a success story – but there are many more ‘stories’ to tell

The title credits for Pat Kenny’s new “in-depth” chat show for UTV Ireland, to be filmed in the Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House

Coco Television is heading to Mansion House for its UTV Ireland commission

There has been a “slight decline” in the number of people who own DVD players.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Seven in 10 homes still have one, but Comreg figures show rate has declined

In light of the new metered digital subscription packages at The Irish Times, the Carat study also tested opinions of online newspaper paywalls and found that 13 per cent said they would pay a monthly fee of €10-€15, while 5 per cent said they would pay a monthly fee of €15-€30

Two-thirds of consumers will ‘never’ pay for online news, Pulse research suggests

Leinster rugby squad training in UCD recently: its main sponsor is Bank of Ireland. Photograph: ©inpho/morgan treacy

The company will no longer be the official car supplier to the team after this season

The ad shows the seven steps Irish Water says it takes to make water drinkable

Company’s ‘cloud to glass’ ad campaign explains process of making water drinkable

UTV Media group chief executive John McCann pictured with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at its Dublin base in December. UTV Media has announced its full-year results. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Operating profit at UTV Media fell 2 per cent in 2014 after investment in new TV channel

Independent House on Talbot Street, Dublin, where INM has its headquarters. INM recorded an operating profit of €34 million in 2014. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Media group records operating profit of €34 million for last year, up 4 per cent

Planet Business

Liam Neeson goes green, Angela Merkel goes to Japan and Margaret Hodge goes to war

The agency Mediavest spent the most on newspaper advertising last year, spending €11.7 million on adverts in NNI titles. Photograph: Alan Betson

NNI members collected a €156m from print and digital ads last year

David Cameron is accused of “cowering” after making one excuse too many for why he won’t debate other party leaders on TV.  Photograph: Andy Rain/AFP/Getty Images

Cheap shots and negative messages work, which is why the British campaign boils down to nerd v chicken

JCDecaux Metropole digital out-of-home ad format: Sky is one of the biggest advertisers spending money on this medium

As new screens are launched in train stations, cinema lobbies and shopping centres, advertisers are stepping up their investment i(...)

Viviane  Reding MEP, a former European Commission vice-president, said it was now “urgent” for the commission to align the VAT rates for books and ebooks. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ruling against ebook VAT rates in France and Luxembourg highlights inconsistent treatment

 Robert Pitt: new chief executive

Media group forecast to reveal annual operating profits of €33.5m in financial results

A weasel on a woodpecker’s back as the bird flies through the air in Hornchurch, Essex. Photograph: Martin Le-May.

Social media memes may require on-air explanation

The ceremony takes place in Dingle on Friday and is sponsored by the Irish Film Board

Ardagh chairman Paul Coulson. Photograph: Frank Miller

Packaging group reports improved margins with profit growth driven by metals business ahead of planned 2015 IPO

Múirne Laffan, managing director of RTÉ Digital: a digital strategy board is being set up under her leadership. It will advise RTÉ’s executive board on “the appropriate level” of investment in digital activities.

RTÉ is creating new roles as it steps up its mobile and online activity

Iseq climbs 1.1 per cent, with Aer Lingus advancing 2.2 per cent to €2.35. Photograph: Reuters/Stringer/File photo

The Dax index closed at a record high in Frankfurt, as the FTSE 100 in London hovers below 7,000 level

Planet Business

‘Lovemarks’, logos, new billionaires, roaming madness and Aston Martin’s fantasy woman

The final frame of Newstalk’s original ‘Don’t Hold Back’ ad, which was rejected by RTÉ Television because it contained a call-to-action from a rival.

Radio station submits new version of TV spot after original was rejected last year

Julianne Moore accepts her Academy Award. ‘Political acceptance speeches are supposed to be the anomalies that keep the ceremony honest. They’re not supposed to define the night.’ Photograph: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Hollywood adores an ‘integrated solution’, but Oscars tension shows it losing its touch

TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick (right) with students on the ‘Debate Week’ set at the National Film School in the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT)

TV3’s sister channel is warming up for a week of burning issues

Ronan O’Loughlin, commercial director of Digitize. Photograph: Jason Clarke

More brands are targeting young people via ads on the music streaming service

 Sandra McKenna and Cormac McKenna, husband-and-wife co-founders of Sheology  Digital. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

The company behind Shemazing.net says it can ‘guarantee’ target market for ads

The ‘Game of Thrones’ logo is projected on to the Guildhall in London. The fifth season will premiere at the Tower of London next month. Photograph: Ian West / PA

The sales tally for the HBO drama is even higher than its fourth-season death count

Planet Business

This week: Cricket business, Airbnb etiquette, ‘hot takes’ and Photoshop turns 25

The print circulation of all the main titles retreated again, continuing a trend that dates back to 2007. Photograph: Alan Betson

Losses at UK-published titles exceed those recorded by Irish-owned newspapers

Some 80 per cent of the readership of ‘The Irish Times’ belongs to the ABC1 social group that advertisers deem an attractive target. Photograph: David Sleator

Growing online audience will offset fall in print sales, says NNI

Villainous matriarch Patricia Hennessy (Cathy Belton) and daughter Claire  (Pandora McCormick) from TV3’s soap opera ‘Red Rock’.

Viewer ratings may have dropped since its debut, but make no mistake: this show is great value

Liam Kavanagh, managing director of The Irish Times Ltd, with members of the digital subscriptions team Eddie O’Grady, Sarah Greene, Cathal Stack and Carol Sweeney at the digital subscriptions launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Managing director Liam Kavanagh says time is right to ask readers to pay

Alan Cox: believes marketers missed an opportunity to innovate when they really should have been innovating – during the recession

More brands should follow ‘Coca-Cola example’ and pursue untested ideas, says Alan Cox

The radio station ran a ‘wanted’ notice after Ray D’Arcy’s exit to show it was moving on

Julianne Moore, who is expected to win the Oscar for Best Actress this weekend for her role in ‘Still Alice’. Photograph: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

Sky Movies says three times as many watch next-day highlights as stay up for live awards

‘Irish Times’ editor Kevin O’Sullivan with deputy news editor Eithne Donnellan in the newsroom. “We believe loyal readers will be happy to pay for full access. At the same time, we will continue to offer a large amount of free content,” O’Sullivan said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Move intended to ‘support investment in journalism’, says editor Kevin O’Sullivan

Video upload service Youtube celebrates its tenth anniversary today. File photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Video upload service was founded on Valentine’s Day, 2005 by three ex-Paypal staff

Planet Business

This week: Football inflation, ‘reform fatigue’ and a cheery 121-year-old company mascot

Alan Cox of Core Media: “Eventually, somebody, somewhere will disrupt this model and reinvent it, but the radio industry is poor at innovation – real innovation – that challenges the norms.”

Core Media, the largest media-buyer in Ireland, says industry ‘needs to be rebooted’

 The Rovers Return pub in Coronation Street, the most-watched programme on UTV Ireland.

Most-watched show is ‘Corrie’ episode where Steve deals with fallout from mini-bus crash

HSBC:  more of a painful than a pleasurable week for the bank.  Photographs: REUTERS/

In soothing ad-land, its clients are not arms dealers or drug traffickers, but kids who sell lemonade

A Netflix Originals advertisement for ‘Better Call Saul’ in Dublin.

Company’s massive content production budgets to be financed by long-term debt

The late football manager Brian Clough pictured in 1980, the year in which Nottingham Forest, his club, won its second consecutive European Cup. Photograph: Allsport UK

Media groups must avoid over-confidence, says ‘Connacht Tribune’ editor

Minister for Communications Alex White: submissions received from media organisations on media mergers guidelines “very mixed in their perspectives”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Communications Alex White says guidelines will be finalised in coming weeks

Alison Curtis. Today FM Saturday breakfast show was boosted by a one-hour shift in its time slot.

Today FM’s Saturday morning presenter increases audience by 60% in 12 months

RTÉ says poached presenter will swell the traditional radio audience for his time slot

Dan Healy, the head of 2fm and RTÉ’s commercial director of radio, says listeners are responding positively to the new line-up. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Radio station will soon return to ‘net contributor’ status, according to boss Dan Healy

The study will help  determine  the impact the contracts  are having on working people, says Minister of State for business and employment Ged Nash

Government appoints team of academics to study controversial hiring practice

Consumers will have more spending power this year as inflation remains low, benefitting shops, a report by Retail Ireland forecasts

Industry group forecasts boost to consumer spending power from low inflation

RTÉ chairwoman Moya Doherty: told Oireachtas committee hearing the broadcaster needed “much more certainty” about its future. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Noel Curran, the broadcaster’s director-general, holds briefings with employees

Alan Cox, chief executive of Core Media Group. Photograph: Conor McCabe.

Communications agency will manage Publicis Groupe-owned business from March

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This week: Frank Gehry, Radio Shack and a 91-year-old waitress serving since 1939

Marian Finucane: her weekend radio show on RTÉ 1 has 366,000 listeners on Saturday, up 16,000 on the last survey, while 351,000 people tune in on Sundays, which is 9,000 more than before. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Local and regional stations put pressure on RTÉ Radio 1 as its weekday audience falls

Berkshire Hathaway’s Terry Kroeger said the company had experimented with metered paywalls. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Mood of cautious optimism at local newspaper conference

Ray D’Arcy and his producer (and wife) Jenny Kelly pictured for the announcement of Volkswagen’s sponsorship of his new Radio 1 show.

A battle for car sales supremacy involves radio deal twists and rival-baiting ads

Tania Banotti, IAPI chief executive, who will reveal a three-year strategy to increase the profile of the Irish advertising industry. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Only 36 members of 12,000-strong Irish advertising industry attended last year’s festival

Patrick Nally says labour rights weren’t even a consideration in the bidding requirements for the 2022 World Cup.

Co-founder of pioneering company West Nally will speak at the Irish Sponsorship Summit

The Tracey Emin designed trophy given to winners at the Brit Awards, an event sponsored by MasterCard. Photograph: Ian West / PA Wire

Not all users of MasterCard’s ‘priceless surprises’ line last year were on message

  When it comes to paid advertising on social media, Facebook was the most popular network.  Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Three-quarters plan to spend more this year, despite trouble calculating success

TV3 Group director of content Jeff Ford gives a presentation in the Sony HD Studio at the broadcaster’s base in Ballymount, Dublin. Ford is to leave TV3 in April. Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Content director who introduced ‘Red Rock’ and ‘Late Lunch Live’ will depart in April

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO television series ‘Game of Thrones’, for which Screen Scene Group provided post-production services

The 30-year-old Dublin post-production firm has been sold to group that filmed the Super Bowl

Independent House, on Talbot Street, Dublin. About one in eight editorial jobs will be lost at the company.

The media company is eliminating one in eight editorial jobs from its national titles

Martin King and Lucy Kennedy, the presenters of ‘Late Lunch Live’ on TV3. The show will move to an evening slot and be renamed ‘The 7 O’Clock Show’.

‘Late Lunch Live’ is promoted to 7pm slot as planned new magazine show’s run is cut

New York: predicted “Snowmageddon”, hyped as a “potentially historic” snowfall, managed to bypass the city and hit Boston, New England and other parts of the US northeast instead. Photograph: Reuters/Stephanie Keith
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Too few Barbie dolls and flavoured whiskies, not enough snow, and the ‘Sunifesto’ explained

Good Morning Britain presenters (from left) Sean Fletcher, Susanna Reid, Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins:  the decision to buy breakfast television rights had come sooner than expected, but  Good Morning Britain was liked by viewers because it was “brand new and fresh”.  Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/PA

ITV show imported by channel in response to feedback on social media

Print operations will be merged, but titles won’t become ‘vanilla’

Father Ted: Its Christmas special from 1996 was the most-watched programme on RTÉ 2 in December 2014.

New shows abound, but the channel couldn’t exist without its old favourites – soccer, rugby and GAA

Pat Kenny:  will present a new peak-time series on UTV Ireland

Television advertising market will grow 6 per cent to €225m in 2015, according to Carat forecasts

Alan Coleman: The sturdy desktop still “punches above its weight” when it comes to purchases

Christmas 2014 will be seen as ‘a landmark’ for buying online, Wolfgang Digital study concludes

Claire Byrne: careful to identify the associations of audience members. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘Claire Byrne Live’ set to ‘crackle’ in pre-election atmosphere, says RTÉ

Conor Brophy: The watchword for the new RTÉ media show is “accessible”

New programme presented by RTÉ business reporter Conor Brophy begins on Radio 1 this Sunday

Google Glass may be on the back-burner - temporarily - but  augmented reality technology remains a ‘watch this space’ industry. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Glass remains ‘half full’ for the technology, say organisers of the April Croke Park event

Ray D’Arcy and Jenny Kelly pictured in a branded car after Volkswagen signs on to sponsor ’The Ray D’Arcy Show’ on RTÉ Radio 1.

Presenter says he is ‘hugely encouraged’ by six-figure, 18-month deal ahead of February debut

Swiss special police officers atop the roof of the Davos Congress Hotel.   Photograph: Reuters/Ruben Sprich
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This week: Secular stagnation, security on the slopes and other Davos-related drama

There was an interim, pre-smartphone stage when people began organising their social lives via Facebook, using a quaint interface known as a web brows er

Twists and turns in mobile market unlikely to be finished just yet

RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan: “ We wanted to work with creative media entrepreneurs and get them thinking about television”. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography.

RTÉ commissioner Jane Gogan wants to ‘start conversation’ through talent pipeline scheme

Gas Networks Ireland’s communications manager Louise Browne: “We don’t want the name change to compromise safety in any way”

Forced to drop the Bord Gáis name, the company wants to minimise confusion

Irish TV viewing figures in 2014 were unchanged on 2013

Procter & Gamble was the top television advertiser in 2014, ahead of Sky and Unilever

Twickenham: one of the venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which is generating an upbeat outlook for the corporate sponsorship market in the year ahead

Rugby World Cup seen as ‘opportunity to engage’ by two-thirds of Irish sponsors

Presenter Claire Byrne on the set of RTE’s new current affairs TV show. Photograph: Andres Poveda/RTÉ

Presenter chairs new RTÉ show with emotive discussion on same-sex marriage

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