Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. Premier League television rights for the three seasons from 2019-2020 will soon come up for blind bidding. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Auction for TV packs from 2019-2020 season onwards promises intriguing contest

Legal drama ‘Striking Out’ starring Amy Huberman (centre), made for RTÉ by Blinder Films, was shown earlier this year. It will return for a second series.

Six companies make programmes worth €18.5m, as 1 in 7 pitches is commissioned

Communicorp owns Newstalk and Today FM, as well as Spin 1038 and Dublin’s 98FM. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Denis O’Brien-owned radio group undergoing management changes and restructuring

Snorkelling in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, known for its clear waters but much-emptied streets. Photograph: Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP/Getty

Planet Business: All aboard the pilotless aircraft of global financial news

In an analysis of the boards of 31 Irish publicly quoted companies, ‘The Irish Times’ found that women accounted for shy of 16 per cent of the board seats. Photograph: iStock

Some leading companies have set or met gender balance targets. Others, not so much

Poldark (Aidan Turner) searches far and wide for a pay-TV provider that will give him everything he needs. Photograph: Mammoth Screen/BBC.

Amid a glut of content, why are Irish viewers frustrated and short-changed?

Virgin Media Ireland’s ‘Elvis’ preaches the merits of flexible contracts in a Las Vegas wedding chapel in an image from its new advertising campaign. Photograph: David Sexton

Spot held by Netflix among the pay-TV platform’s top five ‘channels’, says cable group

Still value in FM? Some 13 interested parties have answered the broadcasting regulator’s call for submissions on new radio services. Photograph: iStock.

Regulator also receives four ‘observations’ on process amid criticism from Communicorp

Sacre bleu: the construction Olympics are about to ramp up in Paris, France. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

Planet Business: It’s been a Rolls-Royce of a week

Mr Chrome and Blindboy Boatclub aka the Rubberbandits. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Broadasting Authority rejects 11 complaints about RTÉ ‘Late Late Show’ item

Loyalty issues: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) meets Jon Snow (Kit Harington) for the first time in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’, broadcast on Sky Atlantic.

Pay-TV company introduces a ‘tenure-based’ loyalty programme

‘Late Late Show’ presenter Ryan Tubridy is the highest paid with a €495,000 salary, newly released figures show. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ryan Tubridy, on €495,000, leads 2015 list, followed by Ray D’Arcy and Joe Duffy

Nathan Carter is joined by Sharon Shannon in Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena for a recording of his RTÉ One show. Photograph: James Connolly

RTÉ has shares in Nathan Carter, but music television everywhere is staging a comeback

INM says current regulation “plays into the hands of foreign media interests”, which may have large interests in other markets and a limited presence in Ireland. Photograph: Fran Veale

Titles will close and foreign media interests will benefit if deals are prevented, says INM

The news in brief from Tokyo. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Planet Business: The week in fowl play, Japanese politics and brushes with death

Glen Killane, managing director of Eir Sport and Eir Television, at Eir’s group headquarters in Dublin: ‘We have to understand that not everybody loves sport.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Glen Killane, MD of Eir Sport and Eir TV, on bringing Premier League, rugby and UFC to Irish viewers, and the tech companies movin(...)

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

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