Matt Cooper, left, with panelists, from left, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Hugo MacNeill on TV3’s Rugby World Cup set in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Average audience of 956,600 beats previous high set by ‘The X Factor’ final of 2010

RTÉ chairwoman Moya Doherty with a bust of broadcaster Gay Byrne on RTÉ’s Donnybrook campus. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nomad producer’s role as chairwoman is a balance between cheerleader and governor

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Volkswagen’s Mr Lies, Brazil’s Museum of Tomorrow and Pope Francis on capitalism

 Birch Hamilton: “With the Web Summit’s recent announcement of its move, Digital Biscuit is well placed to attract an international audience to Dublin, contribute to building the Irish film industry and Ireland’s smart economy and to help maintain Ireland’s position as a leader in the tech and film industry globally.”

Film and technology networking event will be held in Dublin in March

Mobile accounts for 37 per cent of traffic to Irish e-commerce sites, says Wolfgang Digital . Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Wolfgang Digital study finds desktop is ‘holding its own’ despite smartphone surge

Missy (Michelle Gomez) is surrounded by Daleks in ‘Doctor Who’. Photograph: BBC/Simon Ridgway

Rights holders TV3 and ITV celebrate as viewers pour in for key games

‘The Voice of Ireland’ judges Una Foden, Kian Egan, Rachel Stevens and Bressie: the singing contest is made for RTÉ by Screentime Shinawil.

The Irish production sector has been hit hard by recession

Baileys: was the only brand in Diageo’s portfolio to overtly acknowledge and court women as consumers

Drinks giant wants to ‘future-proof’ its brand portfolio by appealing to women

IBI chairman John Purcell: says it is vital to protect news and current affairs programming on independent radio and  allocate ‘the licence fee income to both RTÉ and independent broadcasters’. Photograph: Pat Moore

Independent Broadcasters of Ireland urges Government to spread licence money

Craig Farrell, who has been appointed managing director of ZenithOptimedia. (Photograph: Conor McCabe)

Core Media has appointed Farrell to oversee media strategies for clients such as Red Bull, Disney and the IDA

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Happy Birthday copyright, the ‘diesel dupe’ and the Goldman Sachs reading list

Bleak outlook: Volkswagen’s US fines could be 15 times the $1.2 billion Toyota was obliged to pay up last year. Photograph: REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/Files

‘Diesel dupe’ has taken edge off Volkswagen’s environmental reputation editor Michael Cullen: ‘Sometimes you do hear that ideas that have been presented in pitches do crop up again in campaigns.’

Survey finds half of respondents believe fees should be paid for time invested in pitches shortlisted for the title “Most Influential Irish Site Ever”

Once-off title will be bestowed as part of this year’s Web and eCommerce Awards

Ad-blocking app Purify: says Apple Safari users ‘deserve to Browse in Peace TM’.

Developer withdraws number-one ad-blocking app as others continue rise

 Richard Branson: jetting in to Dublin.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Party and visit by Richard Branson will mark rebrand of UPC Ireland next week

‘Swipe TV’ presenters Claire O’Reilly and Simon Mulcahy.

Gunge-happy RTÉ2 series has developed an app to allow viewers influence the show

The construction of one-off houses fell 40 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2015. Photograph: Laura Hutton/

Multi-unit developments rise significantly in the past two years, new figures show

Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien said the group was continuing its “journey to becoming a total communications and entertainment company”. Photograph: Reuters

Denis O’Brien’s telecoms group plans to raise up to $2bn on New York exchange

Credit unions scored very highly on empathy. Photograph: Maxwells

Credit unions top poll, followed by the National Concert Hall and Dublin Zoo

  Gerry Ginty, Sarah Slazenger, managing director of Powerscourt Esate and Ashley Gardiner. Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

€10m invested in plan to produce a million bottles of whiskey per year at Enniskerry estate

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Chocolate wars, 8K television sets, ‘Mr Broadband’ and the rise of Symphony

TV3 Rugby World Cup presenter Matt Cooper, left, with panellists, from left, Keith Wood, Matt Williams and Hugo MacNeill, on its new set in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Ireland progress could see channel beat ‘X Factor’ record

Sidse Babett Knudsen as Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg in ‘Borgen’. Photograph: Mike Kollöffel/DR.

Ireland needs ‘to build up our track record’ for exportable drama, says broadcaster

TV3 director of content Lynda McQuaid: ‘I’ve sort of created my own genre, which is wanting to make people cry.’ Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Emotive shows such as ‘Animal Rescue’ are a taster of what Lynda McQuaid has in store

The duchess of Cornwall meets This Morning host Philip Schofield (second left) and co-presenter Holly Willoughby, during a visit to the ITV studios to mark the broadcaster’s 60th anniversary. Photograph: Emma Clark /Getty Images

The commercial television network that broke the BBC monopoly is getting on a bit

The ASAI is to tell E-cigarette manufacturers they cannot make health or medicinal claims. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto The ASAI is to tell E-cigarette makers they cannot make health claims

Revised code includes updated section on gender and ‘more clarity’ for food marketers

Richard Moat , CEO eir, on stage with staff looking on during the launch of the brand eir , formerly known as eircom, in the company’s offices at Heuston South Quarter, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

New name, new logo, but is it a dinosaur, a tapeworm, or an old-school telephone cord?

John Clarke: new show is due to air on Sunday mornings on Radio Nova from September 27th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

DJ’s ‘Jukebox’ show for the station was cancelled after dispute with RTÉ over its name

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‘Betty Power’, the supersized iPad, the ascent of Ikea and the oldest woman on Wall Street

Minister for Communications Alex White said it remained his intention to bring forward legislation to address the high level of television licence fee evasion - a thorny issue for RTÉ. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Broadcaster repeats call for more certainty from the Government on its future funding

James Hickey CEO Irish Film Board Photo: David Sleator

R&D is ‘the lifeblood’ of the film and television business, says James Hickey

Vogue Williams and Angela Scanlon during an announcement of a new season of programmes on RTÉ Two at RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Line-up features Rubberbandits on 1916 and ‘strong and articulate’ women presenters

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Australia loses steam, Google adopts a smiling ‘e’ and the Fiat Chrysler boss gets huggy

Vodafone Ireland chief executive Anne O’Leary  with Ryan Tubridy.

Communications provider will use deal to promote home phone and broadband service

Paul Kelly, Lilly Higgins and Anna Nolan from The Great Irish Bake Off at the launch of TV3’s autumn schedule at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Broadcaster launches new line-up, which also includes baking and heart surgery

Aidan Gillen as Charles Haughey in RTÉ One’s ‘Charlie’, the most-watched programme so far this year.

Was it the weather? Irish adults watched 3 hours and 16 minutes of TV per day in July

Former Cork camogie captain Anna Geary, who will present ‘The Camogie Show’ on Irish TV. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

The diaspora-targeting channel says its brand awareness is on the rise

A publicity shot for ‘Recruits’, a two-part documentary that airs on RTÉ One next week: the documentary follows new recruits as they make their way through a 17-week training period. Photograph: Hu O’Reilly

Production firm Moondance given permission to film Army trainees over 17 weeks

Banksy’s ‘Dismaland’ installation at Weston-Super-Mare, in southwest England. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

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American hedge fund billionaire Stanley “Stan” Druckenmiller: Through his investment vehicle Duquesne, he has invested some $324 million in gold via an exchange traded fund. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
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‘Super Thursday’, Google versus God and Corbynomics

The print circulation of ‘The Irish Times’ is  76,194. Photograph: David Sleator

The combined print and digital circulation of ‘The Irish Times’ is up by 1.5%

European stock markets extended their losing streak on Thursday, with benchmark indexes in Frankfurt and London hitting seven-month lows. Photo: Bloomberg

Global markets react to the Fed, German stocks face worst month since 2012

Brian Fallon, co-founder of Journal Media, in the publisher’s offices in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

New product will ‘solve specific problems’ for small companies and start-ups

Sinead Troy, general manager of IASCA and DMDS Ireland: ‘Radio is as important as it ever was.”

Composers group says the adoption of a single system will help get more artists on air

A still from the new campaign for Brennans Bread, one of Ireland’s biggest grocery brands

‘Unsung heroes’ are at heart of campaign for one of Ireland’s top grocery brands

Keri Russell (left) and Matthew Rhys star as Soviet spies in FX Networks show ‘The Americans’.

US network executives say the industry is approaching ‘peak TV’ and have the stats to prove it

Mindshare Dublin managing director Emma O’Doherty in ‘The Loop’, its adaptive marketing ‘war room’.

In ‘The Loop’, the media agency is creating ads that react to events as they happen

To whom it concerns, the carmaker has agreed a one-year deal with RTÉ

Business jets  at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (Labace) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Shiny new private jets, sliced bread, Buffett’s boring companies and the roads of the future

There is pressure of a different kind on the only two post-watershed dramas on the schedule: Clean Break is notable for being the first RTÉ drama in some time to be set in a small town, while Rebellion has obvious “national conversation” credentials. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

In a competitive television market, the channel needs its big investments to work

‘The Irish Times’ has the highest total audience in Dublin of any daily title, with 194,000 Dublin-based adults reading the title in print or online. Photograph: David Sleator

How people read news ‘continues to evolve’, says NewsBrands Ireland chairman

Ray D’Arcy is taking over the Saturday night slot

Ray D’Arcy, Rachel Allen, Bob Geldof and new army recruits destined for RTÉ One

 Viacom in Times Square, New York City. Stock prices of media companies have dropped as consumers cut back on traditional media usage and turn to internet-based entertainment. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Television business model is under pressure from likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google’s YouTube

The Great British Bake Off: judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with presenter Mel Giedroyc. photograph: mark bourdillon

Some 130,000 people in Ireland watched the return of the ‘Great British Bake Off’

US ‘Vogue’ editor Anna Wintour: “There is something about fashion that can make people really nervous.” Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

This decade hasn’t been so hot for the print circulation of women’s monthlies

RTÉ One’s Wexford-set drama ‘Clean Break’ starring (l-r) Damien Molony, Kelly Thornton, Adam Fergus and Aidan McArdle. The four-parter will be one of the highlights of the channel’s new season, which is being launched today.

Passionate experts are in, elitism is out, and more ‘big drama’ is coming... eventually

Brian O’Driscoll: his hope is that will attract about 100,000 monthly unique visitors. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

A year into retirement, record-breaking ex-rugby player creates new home for his personal brand

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Ryanair’s record, ‘son of Concorde’, the ‘Machiavelli of Libor’ and new uses for old phone boxes

Rick O’Shea will host the Web and eCommerce Awards, sponsored by Realex Payments, at Dublin’s RDS on October 15th. Photograph: Eric Luke

Nominations open until August 20th for new category introduced for October’s ceremony

Newstalk presenter George Hook poses with Alan Mulcahy, business markets manager for Energia: The Right Hook has accumulated 143,000 listeners

The Newstalk drivetime show has signed up Energia to sponsor ‘Kick Start’ segment

Creevy Pier in Donegal Bay: Ryan Tubridy recently toured the Wild Atlantic Way. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tubridy’s new ‘people’s show’ will involve getting out and about, says Tom McGuire

 Newstalk 106-108 FM revealed that Colette Fitzpatrick will join the station to present a brand new Sunday morning show, “The Colette Fitzpatrick Show”, sponsored by Marks & Spencer

Newstalk’s new Sunday show promises to ‘give women a platform’. It’s not the only one

Miriam Hughes, chief executive of DDFH&B group, at its offices in Dublin: firm’s study examined “the new family” of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Advertising group DDFH&B’s research uncovers conflicting views on change

Lonely Planet: is seeking a Dublin-based development team leader, senior software developer, social news co-ordinator, global news editor and global news reporter.  Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

US billionaire Brad Kelley’s company is expanding its content and developer functions

The ‘Economist’  was giving away free kopi luwak coffee in a bid to get people to subscribe. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg
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Ghost airports, the ‘gig economy’ and an English rose called Cortana

Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny has lost 8,000 listeners since the last JNLR survey. He now has an audience of 134,000.

Resurgent Red FM overtakes Cork’s 96FM, but there’s a slide for Today FM

Former head of 2fm John Clarke. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Nova chief executive Kevin Branigan says he is ‘disgusted’ by RTÉ legal threat aspires to be ‘relevant, timely and cheeky.

The ‘cheeky’ Facebook page has a massive 492,000 likes

Ivan Yates: ‘Newstalk Breakfast’ gained 35,000 listeners year on year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ratings haven’t been the best lately for RTÉ Radio 1, which has a 9am slot to fill

Categories in the inaugural Snapys competition include food, travel, fashion and pets, as well as some ‘creative wildcards’. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The independent ‘Snapys’ aim to recognise ‘fun and unique’ photos on the network

Connemara pony ‘Rocky Cashel’ with model Gracie at the launch of the 2015 Dublin Horse Show. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall

The five-day equestrian festival sources 20 per cent of its funding from brands

Netflix online advertisements for its original series ‘Bloodline’ included a takeover of the RTÉ Ten home page.

With subscriptions on the rise, Netflix is like a Marvel villain targeting world domination, with a plan to be available everywher(...)

Sainsbury’s: the deal to buy  the pharmacy business of the UK supermarket chain is expected to be completed  by the end of next February. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

German owner Celesio is planning to add 60 new Irish stores over the next three years

Bank of Ireland received more than 34,000 business banking credit applications in the first half of the year. Photograph: Frank Miller

Credit approvals sum is 18 per cent higher than it was in first half of 2014

The Von Trapp family ensemble, with Steven Houghton as Captain von Trapp, in the original The Sound of Music stage show, which comes to Dublin from August 17th

One of the biggest ever Broadway musicals became one of the biggest ever movie musicals. Half a century later, it’s still entranci(...)

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The ‘King of Infidelity’, the decline of spam and Tinder for just about everything

Former head of 2fm John Clarke: sitting in for Mike Moloney on Radio Nova

John Clarke will take requests once again this Sunday on ‘Ireland’s Biggest Jukebox’

The Sky logo sits on a sign outside British Sky ’s headquarters in Isleworth. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Antitrust case follows 2014 investigation into curbs on sale of movie and TV content

Storyful’s founder and former chief executive, Mark Little. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Expect the unexpected if you want to be hired by the News Corp social news agency

Magazines Ireland chair Rebecca Markey: sector suffered “disproportionately” during the recession due to increased competition

Magazines Ireland says UK competitors have ‘significant advantages’ Irish titles do not

News Now app: changes intended to give breaking news greater prominence

Update intended to ‘make the app feel more at home’ with the RTÉ News Now TV channel

Clara (Jenna Coleman) from the forthcoming series of the BBC’s sci-fi export ‘Doctor Who’, which has been growing its audience in North America. Photograph: BBC

The corporation accused of being predatory at home is taking steps to thrive abroad

The 1960s-inspired living area of this year’s  ‘Big Brother’ house. The reality series was broadcast on TV3 for the first time this summer. Photograph: PA

The channel is happy with the audience figures for its first run of the acquired reality series

The Dermot Bannon-fronted home design programme ‘Room to Improve’, made for RTÉ by Coco Television, has been sold to Foxtel Australia. Photograph: Eric Luke

International broadcasters exhibit ‘flurry of interest’ in Irish cookery and design

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‘Staingate’, Twitter fakery and why Nancy and Florence should be paid the same as Arthur

‘The Day Henry Met’, which premiered on RTÉjr on Monday, has a budget of €1.2 million for its initial run of 26 five-minute episodes

Dublin company’s ‘The Day Henry Met’ sparks interest of international broadcasters

Coca-Cola was the eighth biggest out-of-home advertiser by display value in Ireland in the first half of 2015

Soft drinks companies boost spending in Ireland’s out-of-home market

Minister for Communications Alex White: signalled legislation on database access. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hired firm will prepare report for Minister for Communications Alex White

Customers resent having to wade through duds on the rails to get to the good stuff

If only the retailer’s products lived up to the slickness of its publicity machine

Today FM presenters Dermot Whelan, Dave Moore, Matt Cooper, Louise Duffy, Neil Delamere and Anton Savage who took part in its Google Street View-themed promotion “You Do the Maps”.

The €200,000 cash giveaway was a collaboration between digital and broadcast media

The carrying value of Nama’s loan portfolio, as of March 31st, net of the cumulative impairment provisions of €3.5bn, was €12.5bn. This is down from €13.4bn  as of the end of 2014

Disposal of assets and loans generates €3.5bn in first half of year, says agency

Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters
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This week: the ‘Case of the Magic Cheese’, M&S’s ‘bad dream’ and how the force is with Cineworld

For advertisers, time is money in a quite fundamental way. Brands buy time from broadcast and online media owners, and they do so in standardised chunks

How long is the ideal ad? Anything from five seconds to three minutes

Channel 4’s  documentary series Educating Essex from 2011 secured permission from a school to use a “fixed rig” robotic camera system to film pupils.

Channel 4’s popular ‘fixed rig’ documentaries inspire RTÉ One as it calls for ideas

TV3 director of content Lynda McQuaid: killed off planned revival of Blind Date hosted by Lucy Kennedy.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Show watched by ‘everyone in the television business’ is still part of its plans

Brendan O’Connor on the set of ‘The Saturday Night Show’, which was axed by RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch to  make way for a new Ray D’Arcy vehicle.

Things are looking up for the presenter – he’s finally got his own RTÉ email

Actor Valerie O’Connor, who plays Detective Nikki Grogan, and David Crowley, who plays Garda Sean Holden, on the set of TV3’s ‘Red Rock’. Photograph: Paul Sharp / Sharppix

TV rivals keen to tap Sound and Vision scheme to take edge off drama costs

Property portal will continue to operate from Dublin.

Fallons’ Distilled Media and Norway’s Schibsted will each have 50%

“The only way you achieve growth in broadcasting is by investing in content,” says TV3 chief executive David McRedmond. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The latest chapter in the 17-year-old TV3’s history has come much later than expected

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