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This week: Football PhDs, Murdoch on Myspace and the ‘Operation’ game inventor who can’t afford surgery

Irish comedian Aisling Bea is among those posing with Stephen Fry, host of the BBC’s QI. In Ireland, repeats of the panel show are the most popular programme on the channel Dave. Photograph: Brian Ritchie

The likes of Dave, Challenge, TLC and E! might seem peripheral, but their share of viewing all adds up

An employee organises photographs of models at the London headquarters of UK online fashion retailer Asos. photograph: suzanne plunkett/reuters

The updated tool is designed to provide marketers with insights into digital consumption

Aoife Mahon, RaboDirect consumer savings marketing manager (right), is pictured with Niamh O’Shea, agency radio sales manager for RTÉ in Radio 1 studios. photograph: andres poveda

New ‘Ask the Specialist’ slot will begin on the RTÉ Radio 1 programme as part of the deal

Rob Clark: ‘Audiences will want to get a better season two than season one.’

Formats of the future will include ‘experiments in humour’, says Fremantle development boss

Denis O’Brien. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

The NUJ has called on Alex White to ‘cry halt’ to Communicorp news deal with UTV radio

The Irish Times Ltd  recorded an operating profit of €2.7 million in 2013, up from €1.7 million a year earlier. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Company’s advertising income to grow this year for first time since 2007

UTV Ireland news editor Mick McCaffrey. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

‘Sunday World’ journalist is the latest to join the television channel ahead of January launch

Ross McEwan: RBS chief executive is likely to affirm his desire to stay in the Irish market and retain Ulster Bank, having previously explored the possibility of selling it. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

‘We are seeing a path for Ireland and what we do with that business, which is positive,’ says CEO

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