Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ: “A properly funded RTÉ can deliver an exciting offering to the Irish public.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes talks about TV in the streaming age, funding and cultural relevance

Ireland’s ‘love affair with radio is very much alive’, but advertisers’ fondness for the medium has waned. Photograph: iStock.

‘Huge concern’ as medium’s popularity is not reflected in its share of advertising market

Complex business: A closed sign hangs on the window of a drive-thru KFC restaurant in Coalville, Britain, on Monday. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Planet Business: US media’s ‘catch and kill’ and a Facebook executive’s tweetstorm

The total number of people who hold subscriptions to The Irish Times across all categories is now 72,000. Photograph: Frank Miller

Digital subscriptions grew, as challenging market for print newspapers continued

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured when he was minister for health in December 2015, at the announcement of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

It’s hard to imagine how drinks companies could be defeated by proposed public health rules

Epilepsy Ireland patron Rick O’Shea  with Sarah Martin of Concern Worldwide and John Logue of Suas at the announcement of IAPI’s charity partners for the 2018 Cannes Young Lions initiative. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Scheme organised by ad body IAPI will see 12 creatives represent Ireland at global festival

Sharon Murphy: she joined Wilson Hartnell   in 2000 and has led its consumer practice since 2008

Brian Bell becomes non-executive chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, a related group

A robot goes skiing in Hoenseong, South Korea, because why not? Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Planet Business: All you need is love and other catalysts for strategic transformation

YouTube chief executive Susan Wojcicki ‘Too many of you unfortunately had to learn a new word in 2017.’ Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Regulation conversation shouldn’t be silenced by promises of greater monitoring

The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI index rose to a reading of 110.4 in January, up from 103.2 in December. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

But seasonal boost to KBC Bank Ireland / ESRI sentiment index could soon be reversed

Maurice Hickey, CEO of Largo Foods and chairman of the Prepared Consumer Foods Council, Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee,  and Kevin McPartlan, director of Prepared Consumer Foods, Ibec, at the launch of the Food Drink Ireland  report.  Photograph: Gary O’Neill

All-island supply chains will be hit if UK backslides from agreement, says Ibec body

Jon Williams, RTÉ’s news and current affairs MD and board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists: “Very few of the murders of journalists ever result in people being brought to justice.” Photograph: RTÉ

‘Culture of impunity’ greatest threat to press freedom, says RTÉ news boss Jon Williams

Wall Street headache: A trader at work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, when the Dow Jones fell more than 1,500 points in intraday trading. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Planet Business: It’s been an Olympic rollercoaster of a week

Eir’s decision to withdraw from the NBP was ‘regrettable’, Minister for Communications Denis Naughten told an Oireachtas committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins.

Removal of 300,000 homes from map was due to state aid rules, says Denis Naughten

Enet has not yet discussed a price for the contract regarding the rural broadband programme with the Government. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Dáil votes for Fianna Fail motion by 77 votes to 48 seeking review of rural broadband plan

IAPI chief executive Tania Banotti is leaving the advertising body to run Creative Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

IAPI chief executive succeeds John Concannon as leader of government arts scheme

Marian Finucane: Her Radio 1 Sunday show has grown its audience by 38,000 over the past year and now has 346,000 listeners.

Sports shows and Marian Finucane among the main winners in radio ratings

Wolfgang Digital chief executive Alan Coleman: The digital duopoly of Google and Facebook ‘make it really easy for advertisers to spend their money’.

Wolfgang Digital report finds surge in revenues on Irish travel and retail sites in 2017

Newstalk presenter George Hook caused ‘undue offence’, the BAI’s complaints committee said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Two complaints on remarks by Paul Williams about Jobstown protesters

Advertising during the Super Bowl reveals the prevailing creative thinking at the highest end of the advertising business. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Advertising during US event costs more than $5 million for each 30 seconds of airtime

Denise Van Outen, Lucy Kennedy, Jason Byrne and Michelle Visage from ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’. Photograph: BrianMcEvoy.

It has puppeteers, aerial artists and a man playing the spoons - but will anybody watch?

GPS company Strava maps fitness routes with, er, military precision. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty

Planet Business: Open a can of iced tea and check out the Virtual Currency Girls

The ambition of Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is to provide “next generation” broadband to all homes and businesss in the State through a combination of commercial and State investment. Photograph: Maxwells.

Why ‘rural electrification for the 21st century’ is taking so long

Radio in the smart home: Amazon Echo is shipping to Ireland. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Embracing the smart home is a smart move for broadcasters with brands to preserve

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Irish food company has sold its Hull cake factory to Bright Blue Foods

IAPI president Jimmy Murphy, director of Publicis Dublin. Photograph: Jason Clarke.

New IAPI president Jimmy Murphy says advertising needs to do better on age and gender

The Central Bank’s inspections, which covered a sample of 16 credit unions that issued house loans during 2017, found 10 had started such lending “without a well-developed business plan”.

Review uncovers ‘inadequate oversight’ and ‘poor underwriting’ of lending

Cold comfort: cars and vans are mired in heavy traffic ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Planet Business: Tech giants choose France; ‘no Plan A’ for next crisis

Digital profits: Niall McGarry, founder of Maximum Media, the company behind the media brand JOE.

Irish digital media company behind JOE makes two appointments

Smart home: An Amazon Echo device.

Medium embraces era of the voice-controlled smart home

Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Guinness sales rise 4% globally, though spirits are the stars in second half of 2017

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten (centre) laughs as he is shown an interview given by his younger self, now digitised and preserved by  TG4’s news archive. Also pictured are BAI chief executive Michael O’Keeffe (left) and TG4 director-general Alan Esslemont. Photographer: Bryan Brophy/1IMAGE

Some 1,500 hours of content have been digitised under a scheme funded by the licence fee

Fewer respondents to KPMG’s survey said they believed deal activity would be negatively impacted by Brexit compared with a year ago, the accountancy firm said.

Opinion split on Brexit impact on deal volumes, KPMG Ireland study finds

Between “Red Rock” and a hard place: Patricia Hennessy (Cathy Belton) finds herself embroiled with a powerful man with a dark secret in the TV3 drama

The TV3 drama has an unusual history and an uncertain future

Bay Broadcasting is taking sole control at Dublin rock station Radio Nova. Photograph: iStock

Bay Broadcasting’s move to buy out other investors in rock station is cleared

Two out of three ain’t bad: Ivanka Trump and former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Linda McMahon talk tech jobs. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Planet Business: Digital pills, colossal bonuses at Carillion, and who’s coming to Davos?

Residence on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin is due to  reopen in the spring with an “all-inclusive” bar and restaurant on the site. Photograph: Kenneth O’Halloran

Dublin venue being refurbished by Paddy McKillen jnr’s Press Up Entertainment group

RTÉ’s group head of commercial Geraldine O’Leary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Television executive promoted following departure of Willie O’Reilly

WPP chief executive Martin Sorrell. The WPP-owned Ogilvy & Mather Ltd saw its profits increase 34 per cent in 2016. Photograph: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

WPP-owned ad and PR group had €1.9m profits while Omnicom profits were up by 37%

Writer and actor Sharon Horgan has signed a two-year deal with Amazon. Photograph: Michael Rowe/Getty Images

Content production wing of streaming giant snaps up Irish comedy screenwriter

In a cost-cutting move, the Guardian Media Group has ditched the distinctive Berliner size after just over 12 years and gone tabloid. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Newspaper’s ‘Berliner’ era fell short of 13 years. Will this new one last as long?

Pat Kiely, the managing director of TV3 Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Key Liberty Global unit will help Virgin Media company discover how best to use data

The Ulster Bank construction purchasing managers’ index found improving economic conditions supported a higher level of new orders last month

Civil engineering returns to growth, while housing is again the strongest performer

Facebook is changing, and so will users’ and media companies’ relationship with the platform.

Tech giant wants to get all personal again. But why, and will it work?

Resistance to change and an inability to innovate were cited by 36 per cent of respondents in an industry survey by the Reuters Institute. Photograph: iStock

More subscriptions, sign-ins and audio for voice-activated speakers expected in 2018

A student robot strips to pay her way through college, Las Vegas. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Planet Business: Meanwhile, the blockchain bandwagon rolls on

Six Nations panellist Shane Horgan with ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’ judges Michelle Visage, Louis Walsh, Denise Van Outen and Jason Byrne at the TV3 Group spring launch. Photograph: Paul Sharp/SharpPix

Virgin Media-owned broadcaster set for a 2018 marked by ‘big events’ and 20th anniversary

More than 1 million people watched Dean Rock kick the winning point for Dublin during their All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo at Croke Park. File photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile/Getty Images

‘Late Late Toy Show’ leads way with 1.35m viewers while all entries are RTÉ shows

President Emmanuel Macron, who is pushing for a change to France’s “legal arsenal” that would introduce emergency legal action allowing authorities to remove “fake news” content or block particular websites. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

On eve of first ‘Fakies’ in US, misinformation comes under a political spotlight in France

New York Stock Exchange trader Peter Tuchman, a familiar face in the financial media, dons his 2018 glasses as he sees out the old year. Photograph: Andrew Kelly / Reuters

Planet Business: 2017 sets aviation safety record, 2018 brings new trading floor highs

Revenue Commissioners chairman Niall Cody: “We have no alternative but to use our enforcement powers to secure payment.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Criminal convictions for serious tax and duty offences last year number 24

George Hook returns to Newstalk this Saturday with ‘Hook’s Saturday Sit-In’, which will feature “interviews, reviews and regular items on travel, music and US politics” from 8am to 10am. Photograph: Eric Luke

Kieran Cuddihy, Jess Kelly and Andrea Gilligan to present new shows

Eddie Doyle: Incoming head of content production at BBC NI.

Senior broadcasting executive will oversee content production in Belfast

Winner: Deirdre Somers, chief executive of the Irish Stock Exchange, which in November agreed a sale to Euronext. A group of Irish stockbrokers will share a windfall of €158.8m as a result.  Photograph: Alan Betson

As always it was a year of ups and downs, as Michael O’Leary, Theresa May and Bono can attest

Brendan O’Carroll as Mrs Brown in this year’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ Christmas special. Photograph: Alan Peebles

Almost 700,000 watched the special on RTÉ One, adding to its 6.8m audience on BBC One

Mary Ann O’Brien, the founder of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, pictured in the company’s factory in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Irish chocolate company will now be owned by Polish food producer Colian Holdings

A very happy marzipan pig, the work of confectionery company Niederegger in Lübeck, Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Planet Business: Marzipan pigs and unworthy Jedis star in this week’s round-up

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “We need to take real care about long-term spending decisions.”

Minister for Finance says ‘real care’ must be taken on spending to avoid overheating

Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) unites with Antony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode) in Netflix’s “The Crown”. Online video revenues in Ireland will soon overtake those from physical home video, according to PwC.

Video-on-demand revenues will reach €48m by 2021, as DVDs continue ‘terminal’ slide

Cersei (Lena Headey) is in the ascendancy in HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. AT&T’s proposed acquisition of HBO parent Time Warner is up in the air after the US department of justice moved to block the deal.

Regulators have cast critical eyes over proposed marriages triggered by rise of Big Tech

Christmas jumpers mean Christmas jumpers: Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

Planet Business: Tourism Ireland takes latest Skellig Michael campaign to new heights

Rothco employs more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals

Agency, whose clients include AIB, Tesco and Heinken, employs more than 150 people

Time magazine’s Person of the Year cover. “Time’s term ‘silence breakers’ is an interesting one, as many of the women profiled by the magazine had broken their silence many times in the past.”

Penalties for sexual ‘misconduct’ were more visible in 2017, but there is plenty to despair

Former five-storey office block Burlington House on Burlington Road, which was demolished to make way for a new block.

Location and quality of workplaces increasingly part of HR pitch, says Savills

TV3’s Six Nations co-commentator Alan Quinlan (left) with its panellists for the tournament Shane Horgan, Matt Williams, Shane Jennings and Ronan O’Gara. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Broadcaster hopes rugby delivers ‘halo effect’ on new shows like ‘Ireland’s Got Talent’

TV3 Six Nations presenter Joe Molloy (left) with co-commentator Alan Quinlan, touchline reporter Sinéad Kissane and commentator Dave McIntyre. Photograph: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile.

Joe Molloy will anchor broadcaster’s team as it warms up for first year of TV rights

RTÉ group commercial director Willie O’Reilly is to leave the broadcaster

Group commercial director plans to devote more time to roles in the charity sector

Will Brexit be a good thing for Britain? Well, there are  two chances. Photograph: Adrian Dennis /AFP

Planet Business: Your guide to ‘regulatory alignment’, tax havens and Malibu bargains

The Irish Times pictured with copies of titles owned by Landmark Media Investments. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Acquisition ‘has to be good for Irish journalism’, says former Irish Examiner editor

Maximum Media’s agency sales director Tara Moran and managing director John Burns mark the announcement of 20 jobs for the company’s  new Galway office.

Company founder Niall McGarry says ‘bustling’ city has ‘huge amount to offer’

Jurys Inn in Christchurch, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Hotel operator says trading has been ‘very positive’ despite Brexit uncertainty

Feargal Purcell: The former government press secretary has been appointed Edelman Ireland’s director of public affairs.

Public relations company appoints Enda Kenny adviser as director of public affairs

Facebook is preparing for a 2018 in which it will mimic the content-producing activities of the broadcasting industry that predates it. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Media giant will mop up even more ad money as it spends big on original content

New RTÉ Washington correspondent Brian O’Donovan.

Journalist joined national broadcaster in 2015 from TV3 and will report on US news

Ryan Tubridy pictured with Seahorses, Jade Ellis and Ebony Darcy (12 and 13) from Carlow at a preview of the ‘Late Late Toy Show’, expected to be the most-watched programme of the year.

The way television is viewed is changing, and so is the way it’s measured

 Melania Trump tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Planet Business: Black Friday gun sales, the ‘Pink Promise’ and the Koch brothers linked to ‘Time’

Sally Rooney: discusses how she writes in concentrated, intense periods

Rooney discusses the distinctive tone of ‘Conversations With Friends’, why people think she is Frances and what’s in store for her(...)

Plans for 2018: Maximum Media chief executive Daragh Byrne (left), with general manager Ali Donnelly, chief commercial officer Maria Scannell and managing director John Burns

Irish group plans to invest ‘heavily’ in 2018

It’s the season for love and understanding – but not everyone thinks so

Good kava: Arnold Schwarzenegger helps himself to a plant-based beverage in the company of Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama. Photograph: Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay

Planet Business: Taking on climate change, Arnie-style, and tech’s newest billionaire

Darkness Into Light: Pieta House chief executive Brian Higgins, the recipient of the Marketer of the Year award for 2017. Photograph: Aidan Oliver

Brian Higgins has been awarded the title Marketer of the Year

‘Music is part of our national identity,’ says Eleanor McEvoy, chairwoman of Irish music rights body Imro

More needs to be done to foster the ‘business of music’ amid copyright challenges

RTÉ nativity mockumentary ‘The School’ featuring Dominic MacHale as Mr English, Laura O’Mahony as Briege Daly and Tadhg Hickey as Mr Hegarty

‘The School’ will be on RTÉ Player six days ahead of broadcast under new digital strategy

The first leg of Ireland’s World Cup play-off against Denmark in Copenhagen last Saturday night was a ratings hit for RTÉ. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Rival TV3 would like big tournaments to be ‘split down the middle’, BBC and ITV-style

An example of a Tesco Live digital advertising screen outside one of the retailer’s Irish stores. Clear Channel Ireland has won the contract to manage advertising on the network.

Some 70 ad screens will be located at entrance to the retailer’s stores

The cameras await US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, who is not a billionaire, according to ‘Forbes’ magazine. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP / Getty

Weight Watchers, Wilbur Ross and the woman who flipped off Trump

Construction work has begun at RTÉ’s Montrose campus to create a new entrance on to the Stillorgan Road. The former creche building, seen to the right, will be demolished. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Main access to campus will move to Stillorgan Road ahead of residential development

International relations: the RTÉ One drama ‘Acceptable Risk’ is a recent example of an Irish-Canadian television co-production

Vancouver event designed to help Ireland get ‘upfront and involved’ in global TV business

Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra pictured at the National Concert Hall last year. Photograph: Mark Stedman.

Broadcaster wants to ‘extend the reach’ of its orchestral music amid ‘challenging’ finances

Core Media chief executive Alan Cox: “It is very unusual in the economic cycle for advertising not to be tracking growth.”

Advertising group saw turnover rise 15% last year, but weak sterling has derailed growth

‘Ambitious’ campaign: EBU director-general Noel Curran. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Eurovision organiser EBU, led by Noel Curran, sends message amid industry upheaval

Uber drivers in Sao Paolo take a roof-top stand against legislation that they said would put them out of business. Photograph: Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

From a butter shortage in France to a no-smoking holiday in Japan and the world’s highest-earning dead celebrities

The Apple logo, pictured at its Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan. The Taoiseach will discuss its proposed Athenry data centre with the company in Silicon Valley on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Segar / Reuters.

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

Michael O’Leary: prompted outrage when he suggested that pilots have an easy job. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Airline’s image nosedived after cancellation crisis, Core Media study confirms

Research shows the majority of radio listening in Ireland (some 95 per cent) takes place via AM/FM radio at home or in our cars. Photograph: iStock

Habits of younger, urban listeners point to future shifts in audio consumption

PwC Ireland partner Olwyn Alexander said the asset and wealth management firm is “confident” Ireland’s rate of economic growth will help it maintain its place in the funds industry.

Global assets under management to double by 2025 as global population ages, study says

The sun sets behind a tree on a mild autumn evening in the vineyard of Osthoffen, outside Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann / Reuters.

Planet Business: Companies beating analysts’ expectations, cities that love Amazon

2fm’s ‘relevant’ and ‘evergreen’ Larry Gogan has added 15,000 to his Saturday listenership. Photograph: RTÉ.

Communicorp stations make audience gains, while Radio 1 is hit by summer slump

Overcharging: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  at Wednesday’s press conference on the tracker mortgage scandal. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times.

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

Comeback: Katie Taylor fights Nina Meinke at Wembley in April. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

TV3’s ‘Red Rock’ also a recipient in BAI’s €5.8m Sound & Vision round

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