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

Printing press: Celtic Media publishes the Westmeath Independent, Westmeath Examiner, Anglo Celt, Meath Chronicle and Connaught Telegraph, as well as two free titles, the Offaly Independent and Forum. Photograph: Matt Nager/Bloomberg

Regional newspaper group’s turnover drops 28% and its pretax profit declines 75%

Women dressed as handmaids promote US streaming platform Hulu’s imminent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale at the recent SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Reuters/Brian Snyder

Have you heard the one about the amazing new show you really can’t miss?

Adrian Lynch: A key part of his job is to deliver big television hits at RTÉ.

Adrian Lynch wants to make ‘bigger shows’ – and more of them – for RTÉ One and RTÉ2

Actor and Catastrophe writer Sharon Horgan, presenter Gloria Hunniford and BBC chat show host Graham Norton at the event honouring Ms Hunniford at the Irish embassy in London on Thursday night.

Event designed to connect executives and producers with Irish working in UK industry

British prime minister Theresa May and Qatar prime minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani in  Birmingham for the  Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum. Photograph: Darren Staples / PA

Planet Business: The ‘neural lace’ that will mesh human brains with computers... finally

RTÉ received €179 million in licence fee funding in 2015, according to the last published annual report.

Responses sought from private sector as enforcement may move away from An Post

 Matt Cooper: the presenter of Today FM’s The Last Word went from 22nd place to the top of  the ranking of Irish journalists’ influence on Twitter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

PR firm Murray ranks journalists’ clout on followers, retweets, likes and tweets per day

 Pauric Travers, chair of the BAI. Mandatory “red tape” on financial services ads will be excluded from the maximum number of advertising minutes that Irish radio stations are permitted to broadcast each hour. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Industry sought ‘level playing field’ with other media on ads for financial products

The metadata on extremist content can be altered to deceive the Google algorithm. Photograph: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The internet giant, branded ‘the terrorists’ friend’, is being criticised from all quarters

Mobile will claim 62 per cent of all digital ad spending in Ireland this year and will represent almost 80 per cent of digital spending by 2021, eMarketer said. Photograph: Andrew Gombert/EPA

This year will mark ‘major milestone’ as advertisers flock to mobile, says eMarketer

“Send us your ideas”: Zai Bennett, director of programmes for Sky Entertainment UK & Ireland, is looking to commission dramas, comedies and documentaries for Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky 1. Photograph: Peter Houlihan

‘Send us your ideas,’ broadcaster’s content chief Zai Bennett tells Irish TV producers

Beijing bathroom users are finding themselves on the hot seat over hoarding loo roll. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

Also: ‘Pre-loading’, a woman for USA Today, newbie billionaires and flat champagne

RTÉ, Donnybrook: Commercial   income at the broadcaster  came in at €155 million in 2015 – less than the €179 million licence fee funding it received that year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The broadcaster is in a sticky financial position and may remain there for some years

The Luminosity light show at the Custom House in Dublin, part of the 2016 New Year’s Festival. The 2017 festival will be ‘reimagined’ in a new €2.5m tender. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fáilte Ireland is looking for a new ‘creative direction’ to lure in more tourists to city

Google chief business officer Philipp Schindler apologised to advertisers, saying Google would take “a tougher stance on hateful, offensive and derogatory content”

Core Media, Ireland’s largest ad-buying group, has paused its clients’ campaigns

RTÉ is seeking up to 250 redundancies and will replace its existing television, radio and digital departments with content divisions as part of sweeping executive and structural changes announced on Wednesday.

Dee Forbes backtracks from statement that she would like to see doubling of licence fee

Facebook along with Google is a member of the Coalition for Better Ads  which has launched new sets of “Better Ad Standards”. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Videos that auto-play with sound and ads that swamp screens among most-hated types

Independent House on Talbot street. Group revenues rose €2.2 million, with the biggest uplift coming from a near 10 per cent rise in its distribution business.

Analysis: Newspaper ad revenues fell by twice the amount that its online ad income rose

Independent News & Media (INM) chief executive Robert Pitt. INM has been asked by the ODCE to produce records in relation to the abandoned plan to buy Newstalk.

Media group says it is complying with ODCE request as it announces 12% rise in profits

British media secretary Karen Bradley has confirmed she will refer the planned £11.7 billion (€13.48 billion) takeover of Sky by Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to Ofcom, the UK communications watchdog.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

21st Century Fox’s bid for pay-TV company is response to an even bigger rival takeover

Congestion:   Dublin traffic moves at less than 5.5kph in peak  periods, data suggests. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish capital found to be slowest-moving of major cities compared in bank report

Electric Picnic: The net economic worth to the Stradbally area is put at €16 million, while the impact in Co Laois, excluding Stradbally, is put at €4 million-plus.

Promoter Festival Republic reports music fans spent €26m around Laois annual event

Buzz Aldrin at the SXSW festival: the second man on the moon  wants us to get our asses to Mars. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Also this week: Buzz’s Mars dream, ‘Twibel’ and the Wolves player turned HSBC chairman

Bulmers marketing director Belinda Kelly said the new campaign keeps Irishness at its centre

C&C’s Irish cider eyes makeover in €10m brand investment

Ed Sheeran, guest-starring in ‘Game of Thrones’ and very possibly looking forward to Easter. Whenever that is. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP.

News sites are making it their business to tackle vital queries like ‘When is Easter?’

Gibney’s clients include KBC Bank as well as Aldi, BAM Construction, Maynooth University and Dublin Port Company

PR firms already partnered on Liberty Mutual’s acquisition of Ironshore

Maximum Media chief executive Katie Molony in the company’s new studio with broadcast director Paddy McKenna (left) and chief commercial officer Daragh Byrne

Audience will ‘build over time’ for weekly show streamed live from Maximum Studios

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra  with PSA chief executive Carlos Tavares, after successfully offloaded GM’s  European car business, including Opel and Vauxhall, to the French maker of Peugeot and Citroën. Photograph: AP Photo / Zacharie Scheurer

Plugging the capital’s Liffey and Grand Canal locale while Adidas goes on fitness regime

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: “Irish radio stations are losing revenue from this Brussels red tape requirement.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Requirement to include terms and conditions is costing the medium money, says MEP

The Color Company, trading as the Irish Post, announced in February  it had bought the digital and intellectual property assets of Irish TV from the liquidator in a six-figure transaction. Photograph: iStock

Approval from Minister for Communications Denis Naughten needed after watchdog nod

Generation Z’s idol (and villain) Conor McGregor  at the UFC 205 weigh-ins at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November 2016. Photograph:  Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Upload your job application videos now – the post-Millennials are set to join the workforce

A shot from TV3 soap ‘Red Rock’ with a blue box tag in which an advertising poster can later be digitally added.

Virgin Media brand will appear as out-of-home advertising within the drama

Bad week: Martha Ruiz (left) and Brian Cullinan (right), the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partners overseeing the Oscar ballots. Photograph: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

It was a good week for the Australian economy, less so for PwC

Maximum Media chief executive Katie Molony with broadcast director Paddy McKenna.

Dublin-based publisher records growth as it reinvents itself as online broadcaster

Brian Keating, AIB group propositions and brands director, with Michael Murphy (left) and Shane Williams, who feature in ‘The Toughest Trade’. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile.

Sports-swap documentary format devised by bank’s advertising agency returns to RTÉ2

Mia Gallagher:  discusses using 1970s Dublin as a setting and her trans woman character Georgia Madden. Photograph: Robbie Fry

Laura Slattery discusses with the author how and why she wrote this strangely compelling and compellingly strange epic

Waterstones, which owns Hodges Figgis in Dublin as well as  the Cork branch of Waterstones, recorded a pretax profit of €1.9m. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Russian-owned bookseller has seen sales climb 7% in Irish stores in rising market

For Irish music radio stations, Spotify is more like Adele: gloom-inducing and inescapable. The streaming service has a solid fanbase in this market, with 340,000 users on its ad-supported free version alone. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Music service is another reminder that popularity and profitability are not the same

The futuristic Philippe Starck-designed €400m “Sailing Yacht A”, property of Russian industrialist Andrey Melnichenko.

Also in this week’s round-up: Pie-gate, Brexit price-movers, and a sorry yacht story

‘Ghost Adventures’, one of the paranormal-themed shows on UKTV channel Really, which is now available to Irish advertisers through Sky.

British broadcaster’s sales arm now represents 35 TV channels in Republic

Virgin Media, which owns the channels TV3, 3e and Be3, is now “a serious competitor” to RTÉ in the fight to win share of advertisers’ budgets, said ad-buying agency Core Media.

Core Media forecasts 3.3 per cent rise in Irish advertising due to digital and TV growth

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten: “For a community radio station, €750 is a lot of money.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Denis Naughten says he wants to ‘reduce the burden’ on under-pressure broadcasters

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chairman Prof Pauric Travers: “We are looking at how we maximise the progress we make in gender and diversity,” he said

BAI wants to ‘maximise the progress’ of Irish broadcasters, says chairman

In 2006 Simon Kelner said  it was about time  newspapers started to  catch up with the price of a cup of coffee. Photograph: Frank Miller

Price comparisons sound defensive and say nothing about the quality of the product

Extra.ie: Most stories on the mobile site will be told in a snappy 300 words, DMG Media Ireland chief executive Paul Henderson said

Extra.ie will deliver professional journalism based on ‘data insights’, says DMG Media

After heavy rain in Sydney, a giant sinkhole opened up near the personal residence, in Point Piper, of Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (not pictured).

This week: Mickey Mouse revenue at Disney, United Airlines boss lets fly

Nika McGuigan  and Seána Kerslake star as Danielle and Aisling in RTÉ2 series ‘Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope’, which was well-received by younger viewers.

Director-general says it will step up efforts to reach ‘elusive’ 15-34-year-old audience

Ivan Yates left Newstalk last summer after seven years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster will present two-hour Sunday show on Communicorp radio station

The Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment is hearing submissions on Independent News & Media’s proposed acquisition of Celtic Media

Future of seven titles best protected by being part of INM, Oireachtas committee hears

 Kellyanne Conway has berated the media for not covering a fictitious massacre. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Worry less about official access, try to pick up on fake massacres and then . . . go fishing

Smoking cost the world economy more than €1.3 trillion in 2012

Planet Business: Facts, figures and trends from the world of business this week

The Irish Post said it saw “a strong future” for Irish TV. Photograph: iStock

London newspaper says it would like to have physical ‘foothold’ in west of Ireland

Radio revenues are forecast by media agencies to fall again this year. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Shifting ad money from radio to social media is not justified, says 2fm head Dan Healy

2fm presenter Jenny Greene: the station says her collaboration with the  RTÉ Concert Orchestra has helped add listeners

Mixed picture for Today FM and strong figures at RTÉ Radio 1 in JNLR update

Accounts for Karen Millen Ireland Limited show that it broke even in the year to the end of February 2016. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Retailer records sales of €5.9m in the year to the end of February 2016, accounts show

RTÉ  director-general Dee Forbes.

Broadcaster could continue to produce presenter links between shows in-house

Andy Brown, chief executive and chairman of Kantar, which employs more than 50 people in Ireland across offices in Dublin and Belfast.

WPP advertising giant says its Irish companies and associates have revenues of €70m

Kevin Rafter, Eileen Maher and Clodagh O’Donnell to join BAI committees

 Ikea Ireland is doing well, collecting revenue of €132 million in the year to August 2015, up 17 per cent on the previous 12 months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The very profitable Swedish retailer’s brand-building is fun, clever and far-sighted

Although some online-only publications are members of the Press Council, the PRII said the legislation should be updated to take account of how divisions between different types of media have blurred.

Faster remedies needed for defamation on social media platforms, according to PRII

 Tasty deal:  2fm’s Eoghan McDermott and Edel Kinane, marketing director at Just Eat Ireland. Photograph: Mark Stedman

Takeaway app company is putting its name to drivetime slot on RTÉ station

The majority of housing units registered last year were in Dublin. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A total of 5,626 residential units registered in year, says Construction Industry Federation

Mission to Mars: Donald Trump in a meeting with (far left) Tesla founder and chief Elon Musk. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

This week: ‘1984’ sales spike inspired by Trump and politicians turned bank advisers

Paddy Power’s sponsorship is worth a “significant six-figure deal”, TV3 Group said. Photograph:  Harry Trump/Getty Images

Broadcasting group will show 50 race days across main channel and 3e this year

The RTÉ mast on the broadcaster’s Donnybrook site in south Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Broadcaster tells staff the sale of Dublin 4 land will raise ‘much-needed funding’ for future

Eurosport has this month been broadcasting live coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament, where Serena Williams is set to meet her sister Venus in the final. Photograph: Reuters

Subscribers may lose access to channels from February 1st as rivals clash over price

Dublin consumer sentiment index fell to  137.8 in the final three months of 2016. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Resilience of confidence in other areas may stem from stronger domestic economy

Core Media chief executive Alan Cox: Advertising hasn’t proven its worth in the boardroom. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

Core Media and advertisers’ body say marketers need to ‘up their game’ to prove worth

Fake news picked up by the BBC: Google reviewed 550 sites suspected of misrepresenting content to users, with some of these found to be “impersonating” news organisations

Tech giant took action last year against 340 deceptive websites amid rise of ‘fake news’

Today FM’s new mid-morning presenters Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore. The pressure is  on them to stem the audience decline.

Listeners have ebbed away from the Communicorp radio station. So, what next?

A police sniper secures a roof next to the Congress Centre in Davos during the World  Economic Forum. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Planet Business: This week’s round-up: January profit warnings and the story of Italy’s Ray Ban magnate

Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh, Ervia group head of brands and marketing Orlaith Blaney, AIB group propositions and brands director Brian Keating, Coca-Cola marketing director Britain and Ireland Aedamar Howlett and MediaCom chief executive Peter McPartlin at the launch of the Irish Times and MediaCom’s “Marketing Decision Makers: a measure of sentiment for 2017” survey findings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Social media channels are main target for further spend on advertising, survey finds

Dún Laoghaire library. Bookselling Ireland and Words Ireland said Irish booksellers and library suppliers had unique knowledge of the Irish publishing industry. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish booksellers set to lose €14m as overseas suppliers win 60% of €6m public tender

Una Kavanagh (left), Joe Hanley and Una Crawford O’Brien from RTÉ’s ‘Fair City’, the most streamed programme on RTÉ Player last year.

‘Fair City’ most-watched show on digital service, while overall streams increase 26%

Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton, chair of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Committee wants to explore role of independent producers and new digital services

The possibility that Ireland could become a post-Brexit base for cross-border broadcasters is one that the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is keen to explore.  Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Ireland may benefit from break-up of London broadcasting hub, but big picture is not pretty

The wheel of the new Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept vehicle. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

From drones to conceptual driving and the ’Jenga effect’

Donnybrook Fair in Greystones. The group operates six outlets in Dublin and Wicklow. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Group confident of return to profitability having invested in staff, systems and outlets

Paul Farrell, Virgin Media Ireland’s vice-president of commercial: “We’re trying to be more intuitive.” Photograph: Conor Healy

Six-month Netflix offer at heart of fresh campaign for renamed Virgin TV service

In New York on Wednesday, Donald Trump told his first press conference as US president-elect: “We’ve got to get our drug industry back.” Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

President-elect targets pharma and medtech sectors

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