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
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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
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‘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’

“Scotland’s 100-year-old family newspaper” is on sale in Dublin newsagents for two weeks at promotional price of €1.

Scottish newspaper is aimed at ‘new affluentials’ often found on cruises

The television ad for the HSE’s BreastCheck service aims to promote a “positive attitude” towards screening for women aged 50-64

Ads by creative agency Rothco reach out to women who haven’t used HSE service

Cross-industry venture between independent sector and RTÉ will finally be unveiled next week

A still from Discover Ireland’s 2014 ad campaign, #ThisIsLiving. Fáilte Ireland has put its creative advertising and media-buying accounts out to tender.

Domestic tourism body will seek pitches from creative and media-planning agencies

Minister for Communications Alex White: Signalled intention to introduce previously mooted law allowing An Post to access customer data held by commercial television operators such as Sky and UPC

Proposed charge not scheduled to take effect until ‘public understanding’ has been built

The Government should spend this tax surplus by making “targeted giveaways” through capital investment, income tax cuts and tax breaks that support entrepreneurship and housebuilding activity, according to Goodbody economists. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Tax receipts will beat targets by €2bn, pointing to ‘leeway’ for focused budget giveaways

Fiona O’Carroll was appointed to the newly created position in August 2013 by former chief executive Vincent Crowley.

Fiona O’Carroll was appointed in 2013 to develop online revenues

Image of the week: What could these two – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager – be talking about? Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir
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This week: Cashless society, ‘noflation’ and the US firm with a minimum $70,000 salary

Red Rock on TV3. The broadcaster has faced tougher competition for Irish viewers since the launch of UTV Ireland.

Doughty Hanson focuses on ‘strong exits’ for its investments

The marketing brains behind Unilever toiletries brand Dove appear to have a surfeit of professional pride, and possibly elevated self-esteem

Brand’s latest error is to suggest ‘average’ and ‘beautiful’ are mutually exclusive

SuperValu’s ‘Good Food Karma’ campaign aims, among other things, to encourage food-sharing on social media, says marketing director Ray Kelly.

The chain is investing in advertising as it looks to consolidate a new market lead

Pat Kenny with Eason group head of marketing Brendan Corbett, at the launch of the Eason Book Club, a segment on Kenny’s Newstalk show.

‘Diverse panel’ of reviewers for ‘Pat Kenny Show’ monthly segment

Vogue Williams steps in as ‘Jen of the Week’ on RTÉ Two’s ‘Republic of Telly’. The comedy show’s first Snapchat was an attention-grabbing video of Williams sitting on the toilet.

Irish publishers and marketers exploring platforms from WhatsApp to Tinder, awards list shows

Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station: first guest scheduled for UTV Ireland chat show ‘Pat Kenny in the Round’, due on air in early May. Photograph: Alan Betson

In the long term, UTV Ireland channel ‘will do well’, according to stockbrokers

 Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary says the company is yet to receive a bid for its 29 per cent stake in Aer Lingus. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ryanair chief executive says the idea that the airline is a national brand is ‘long outdated’

Ikea’s food business managing director Michael La Cour  improved his day last week by tucking into some veggie balls at their official launch in Ikea’s Brussels store. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir
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This week: Ikea’s veggie balls, McDonald’s woes and cherry-blossom parties

We might all come together to agree that the winner of the long-haul holiday with €20,000 spending money on The Late Late Show, anchored by the  ebullient Ryan Tubridy, did not deserve it half as much as us. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The consultation on the public service broadcaster’s ‘public service statement’ closes soon

Red Rock: the Garda soap goes out at 9.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays on TV3+1, which has been added to the Sky platform

Irish group also planning launch of TV3HD service in advance of Rugby World Cup

Conor McGregor, mixed martial arts specialist and star of RTÉ’s The Notorious, a six-part series tipped for international sales

The broadcaster hopes to pick up international sales for its series ‘The Notorious’

Google algorithm: will reward mobile-friendly sites with a higher search ranking. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Companies may see sites drop down the search rankings if they are not optimised

‘Poldark’ star Aidan Turner on the cover of the April-May issue of ‘Cara’

Aer Lingus title has added a new 16-page section for business travellers

A link on the Asos site leads to a short game to create an itinerary for a trip to Dublin or Belfast

Campaign will promote Dublin and Belfast as ‘cool, vibrant and modern’ destinations

The production team work on the new Bulmers television ad ‘Not a Moment Too Soon’ which was filmed in Dublin, Wicklow and Clare

Cider brand invests €1m in ad that pays ‘homage to the time it takes to get things just right’

‘Labour leader Ed Miliband describes the 1.8 million zero-hour contracts in the UK economy as an “epidemic” and promises voters he will limit their usage to a three-month period, after which the employer will be required to offer a regular contract.’ Above,  Miliband at a visit to  engineering company David Brown Gear Systems in Hudderdfield, northern England,  last week. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

‘They turn a slice of the labour force into the 21st-century equivalent of the archetypal Depression-era man’

‘The Works’ presenter John Kelly (second-left) with the original line-up of reporters on the RTÉ show, Sinéad Gleeson, Nadine O’Regan and Kevin Gildea.

Series will end in its current form, but presenter John Kelly will return in the autumn

Photograph: Reuters /Nate Chute
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This week: Luxury property, businesses that serve all and ‘Dot Everyone’

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

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.
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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 and

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

Dublin-based digital publisher has launched

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

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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

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