Retro-communication: Mike (Finn Wolfhard) forms a plan with Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) in the hit first season of ‘Stranger Things’, a Netflix Original  that returns to the platform this week.

The streaming giant has had its monster hits, but its debt levels worry some analysts

Turning up the volume: Bay Broadcasting has taken full ownership of the rock music station Radio Nova. Photograph: iStock

Group takes 100% ownership of the Dublin and commuter belt music station

Storm in a smartphone: A graphic shown at the National Emergency Coordination Centre illustrates the anticipated arrival of Ophelia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Old and new media each had a part to play in relaying vital information to the public

Former Independent News & Media chief executive Gavin O’Reilly is the guest on this week’s Inside Business podcast. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business Today: The best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

INM’s new interim CEO Michael Doorly (left) with chairman Leslie Buckley at the media group’s AGM  in August. Then CEO Robert Pitt did not sit beside the chairman. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After Robert Pitt’s exit, what next for the news publisher? Ask Denis – and Google

Click to exit: Advertisers are ramping up their spend  on mobile ad formats. Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Irish ad market growth outpacing the average rate in 2017, says eMarketer

Pumpkin up the volume: Tom Hoggard harvests Halloween pumpkins at a farm in Yorkshire. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA

Planet Business: The cult McDonald’s sauce that made fans angry and other madnesses

Catalogue costs: Marks & Spencer is charging shoppers in the Republic up to 39 per cent more. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Business Today: The best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has had it up to here with Brexit already. Probably.

Minister’s plans on ‘more appropriate accommodation’, sugar and Brexit decoded

 Goodbye Glamour: Jo Elvin, editor of Glamour magazine with  Kylie Minogue. Photograph:   Dave M Benett/Getty Images

Much joy will be lost when the UK women’s glossy stops publishing monthly from 2018

Checking out of checking in: An empty Monarch Airlines departures area at Birmingham airport, England. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

Planet Business: Ryanair’s cancellation crisis and other grim events in perspective

The live GAA experience should be sold to a ‘nontraditional’ audience in Britain, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce says

Ireland misses out on ‘culturally curious’ visitors, says British Irish Chamber of Commerce

Freshly Chopped on Grafton Street. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk

RTÉ’s mast in Donnybrook. The broadcaster believes it should be allowed to charge pay-TV operators for its channels. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Pay-TV company says it won’t carry State-funded broadcaster’s channels if Government allows retransmission fees

Mollie King and her dance partner AJ Pritchard take part in a dress rehearsal before the live show of the BBC1 dance contest ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photograph: Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA Wire

From ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ to ‘The Apprentice’, elimination formats are going nowhere

New Maximum Media group chief executive Daragh Byrne (right) with new Ireland managing director John Burns.

Katie Molony steps down, while former 98FM boss John Burns joins as MD

Neva Labs co-founder Mark Little: The company believes future news consumption will involve ‘a personal assistant for news’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin company with global ambition wants to burst artificial intelligence ‘filter bubble’

Micahel O’Flynn: I would be concerned about the regions... I think the regions are really struggling and I think the regions in this country need special attention otherwise we will have two Irelands.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Nostalgia that travels: RTÉ2’s 1980s-themed ‘Bridget & Eamon’, featuring Jennifer Zamparelli and Bernard O’Shea, was acquired by UKTV.

Funding scheme with Irish Film Board will see four pilots and one full series produced

Brexit: a steaming pile of poo. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty

Planet Business: Bad news on almost every front

INM chief executive Robert Pitt: ‘We cannot do something that will make the world more complex.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Resilient’ publishers will survive ‘very worrying world’, Robert Pitt tells copyright event

Google and Facebook will probably mop up half the digital advertising market this year. Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The tech giant has found bones to throw. Could it be the start of a better relationship?

Not angry, just disappointed: Bank of England governor Mark Carney contemplates Brexit. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Planet Business: This week’s round-up has more issues than ‘Rolling Stone’

Ireland’s CJ Stander in action with Italy’s Edoardo Padovani during last February’s Six Nations match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Irish television rights switch from RTÉ to TV3 from 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

‘Prohibitive’ costs mean TV3 HD is unlikely to join free-to-air platform before Six Nations

“S-Town” podcast creator Brian Reed, who will appear at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. Photograph: Andrea Morales

Our audio diets are more diverse now, but passion projects still swamp commercial hits

SundayWorld.com: INM has removed news articles from the site and links to older stories redirect to this home page.

Title freezes website to show advertisement for home delivery and digital subscriptions

Radio 1’s ‘Morning Ireland’ will add a new business news bulletin in the final half hour of the show.

RTÉ Radio 1 to add new bulletin after 8.30am to capture market reactions

Samsung president DJ Koh talks to the technology journalists who weren’t in Cupertino, California, this week. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

‘Kamikaze Brexit’, Northern Rock, Face ID demonstrations and other disasters

Newstalk presenter George Hook: ‘Women, get over yourselves.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Hotel group did right thing, but damage will linger from Newstalk rape comments

London’s highest running track. No pushing. Photograph: Victoria Jones / PA.

The latest in tech workplace fashion and an, ahem, interesting list of Bell Pottinger clients

Wolfgang Digital chief executive Alan Coleman: ecommerce page load times are “shockingly high”.

Wolfgang Digital’s ecommerce study proves need for speed and ‘power of Pinterest’

“Optimism remains,” says IAPI chief executive Tania Banotti. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

‘Adland’ still an optimistic and ‘startingly young’ industry, IAPI census finds

Dee Forbes, RTÉ director-general: Currently preparing the organisation’s next five-year plan.

The broadcaster is bidding to ‘still be around’ for future generations but aren’t we all?

A tree is covered in cotton after Hurricane Harvey damaged several cotton bales near Bayside, Texas. Photograph: Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP

Planet Business: Subprime lending to family members; and Uber’s new CEO

Job losses at RTÉ’s Montrose campus: Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Dee Forbes tells employees broadcaster must become smaller and more efficient

An image from Newstalk’s ‘Move the Dial’ campaign. The slogan, which it no longer uses, was introduced in 2014.

Dispute arose after public broadcaster’s refusal to run ad with ‘Move the Dial’ slogan

A scene from an episode of TV3 Garda soap ‘Red Rock’ shown in March.

Irish Equity calls on Government to take ‘serious look’ at support for TV production

‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ presenter Lucy Kennedy and ‘Blind Date’ host Al Porter at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, where TV3 unveiled its programming plans for the new television season. Photograph: Brian McEvoy.

Rugby, matchmaking and current affairs will combine to set ‘new tone’, says broadcaster

Unappetising: “The Great British Bake Off” new line-up of Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Photograph: PA / Channel 4

Few crumbs of comfort for GBBO fans as baking show moves kitchens

RTÉ has promoted Adrian Lynch to the role of director of audience, channels and marketing

New roles filled by television controller and former Firecrest vice-president

Pat Kiely: “If this market doesn’t encourage and promote competition, and if the Government feels that supporting a dominant player is the way broadcasting flaws in Ireland will be sorted, then we have a problem.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Under owners Virgin Media, the media group has invested in news and entertainment, but it still has to ‘cut its cloth’

The original line-up of gardaí on TV3’s ‘Red Rock’ when it launched in January 2015.

Next batch of episodes won’t air until 2018 and soap’s future beyond that is in doubt

Dancing with the schedule: Adrian Lynch, controller of RTÉ One and RTÉ2.

Live weather event and sporting moment vote will feature alongside familiar formats

Pumas: excellent at filing and photocopying. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Sao Paulo state fire department

Planet Business: Also this week, more in ‘people horrified by Trump and Brexit’

The average daily print circulation of “The Irish Times” was 62,423 from January to June. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number of digital and print subscribers to ‘The Irish Times’ now exceeds 60,000

Ivan Yates: back on weekdays for Newstalk. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Communicorp radio station reverts to old favourite for key time slot

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

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