Anton Savage: instead of a cliched mid-Atlantic twang he opts for a Mitteleuropa accent. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Once upon a time it was practically de rigueur for aspiring broadcasters to adopt a mid-Atlantic accent, with many a radio DJ especially affecting (...)

Joe Duffy: “Given he hosts a phone-in show, he probably has a whole stockpile of telephonically themed jokes.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

After a gloomy period that has persisted for so long we’ve come to accept it as normal, last week brings forth an unexpected spell of brightness. It m(...)

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

Fortunes in the drivetime market have shifted gear a little over the past year, with RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime and Today FM’s The Last Word with Matt Co(...)

Joe Duffy:  Liveline host  joins the summer exodus of top presenters at RTÉ leaving Damien O’Reilly to hold the fort.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Write what you know,” said, eh, Eleanor Roosevelt? Einstein? Someone, anyway. A lack of attention to detail is not only effective as the openi(...)

Back in the studio after his cycle into work, a more recognisable Pat Kenny returns, by turns informed, inquisitive and toe-curlingly awkward. Photograph: Frank Miller

All broadcasters worth their salt aspire to take the road less travelled and be different. But it’s understandable when, faced with the relentless (...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Fil photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has pledged to cut the Universal Social Charge in the upcoming Budget in October. Mr Noonan said he would cut the (...)

Pat Kenny at the launch of UTV Ireland . Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

UTV Media, the Belfast based, Dublin-listed company, has warned that its six-month old bespoke Irish television venture will make bigger losses than e(...)

‘I cried at the moment each of my three children was born. It took me completely by surprise when it happened the first time.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Boys don’t cry, the saying goes, but it is no harder for a man or a boy to cry than a woman or a girl. It is however, harder to admit to it or to b(...)

David McSavage:‘A desperation to prove myself to others, sponsored by an extreme feeling of unworthiness, is the thing that drives me to produce good things.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

My Obituary is a column in which people are given the chance to write their own obituaries while they are still alive. Some may be famous, others n(...)

Loaded with symbolism: Prince Charles at Mullaghmore, in Co Sligo, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten and three others, including two children, were killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty

With the increasingly fractious marriage-referendum debate saturating the airwaves during the final week of campaigning, light relief arrives in th(...)