Media review 2014: The year in numbers

Toy Show, Pat Kenny, Rupert Murdoch, Apple, Doctor Who, The Saturday Night Show

1,357,400 – the average audience for The Late Late Toy Show in November.  Photograph: Alan Betson

1,357,400 – the average audience for The Late Late Toy Show in November. Photograph: Alan Betson

 

1,357,400

Average audience for The Late Late Toy Show in November. Although the number of viewers was down slightly on last year, it was once again the most-watched programme on Irish television.

143,000

The size of Pat Kenny’s listenership on Newstalk after a year on the air, according to Joint National Listenership Research figures. But more people listen to its breakfast show, hosted by Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue.

$35 billion

The planned “merger of equals” between Publicis and Omnicom would have formed a company worth this much, making it the world’s largest advertising company, but in May the companies divorced, as Publicis chief Maurice Levy put it, “before getting married”.

$80 billion

Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Time Warner, made via 20th Century Fox, was valued at this sum, but the advance was rebuffed and later withdrawn. Time Warner’s HBO was the jewel that lured Murdoch.

$700 billion

Valuation hit by Apple as its share price rose during trading on the Nasdaq on November 25th. The moment prompted a wave of speculation about whether it will eventually become a $1 trillion company.

1,432

Number of complaints received by RTÉ in relation to the January 25th edition of The Saturday Night Show in which it apologised for any “upset or distress caused to individuals named or identified” in its chat about homophobia two weeks earlier.

6

Number of complaints received by British broadcasting regulator Ofcom about a kiss between lizard woman Madame Vastra and her human wife Jenny in an episode of Doctor Who. Ofcom declined to investigate.