‘Originals’ aimed at 15-34-year-olds include ‘The Doireann Project’

Relaunched for the streaming age, it carries new Player-only shows, but the pre-roll ads remain

Ray Kelvin, under-fire founder and chief executive of Ted Baker, never shows his face in photographs. Photograph: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Planet Business: Christmas cheer is in short supply everywhere except Ryan’s house

Winifred Akinyemi  and Afifa Rahman, EPIC scheme graduates,  with Virgin Media CEO Tony Hanway and BITC chief executive Tomás Sercovich. Photograph: Jason Clarke

State will lose out if jobs can’t be filled, says Virgin Media boss Tony Hanway

Presenter Kieran Cuddihy (right) with co-presenter Shane Coleman. Photograph: Karl Hussey/Fennell Photography

Sunday morning presenter moves to join Shane Coleman in key weekday slot

Star Wars action figures. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP/ Getty Images

Media & Marketing: Licensed products triumph in the aisles, but not all stories lead to merchandising empires

‘We went to Netflix and they really responded,” says Cartoon Saloon’s Nora Twomey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The streamer’s Melissa Cobb and Irish director Nora Twomey on reaching younger viewers

The iRadio stations, now chaired by Willie O’Reilly, are preparing for licence renewal.

Former RTÉ commercial boss says regional stations have ‘ambitious plans’

Lisa Harding talks about the process of researching the novel and giving voice to her young characters on the page

Debut author tells Laura Slattery why she had to write her novel about sex trafficking

Peter Casey arrives at Dublin Castle the day after the election. He is now picking up the Newstalk microphone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

But the businessman turned politician hasn’t got his own radio show just yet

Mark Zuckerberg is empty-chaired at a House of Commons ‘grand committee’. Photograph: Gabriel Sainhas/UK parliament/AFP

Planet Business: Also this week, Brexit pain in numbers, and changes at Condé Nast

Maximum Media founder and major shareholder Niall McGarry.

Dublin-based digital media company added to its journalist workforce in 2017

“Appropriately prudent” to leave mortgage rules as they are: Central Bank governor Philip Lane. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Better supply of homes could tackle ‘serious affordability concerns’, governor says

Eve (Sandra Oh) tries to defend herself against assassin Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in the BBC’s eight-episode hit ‘Killing Eve’. Photograph: Sid Gentle Films / BBC

Skip to the end? Irish content industry could benefit from US fashion for shorter seasons

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton signals idea is being explored

Jennifer Zamparelli, pictured in character along with Bridget & Eamon co-star Bernard O’Shea, will present an original travel series on the RTÉ Player. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Branded content but no ‘dad dance’ or silver bullets for upgraded on-demand service

Under the “country of origin” principle in EU media law, a broadcaster with a licence in any EU state can broadcast into any other EU market.  Photograph: iStock.

Regulator in ‘conversations’ with London services amid fears channels will go dark

Theresa May searches for a question she can answer at the Confederation of British Industry conference in London on Monday. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Planet Business: Also this week, Apple’s slide and an Australian media mega-merger

Fiona Dawson of food giant Mars, with the award recognising her as Ireland’s ‘ultimate marketer’ of the past 25 years.

Food giant executive recognised by industry peers for her commercial track record

George Hook: 16 years at Newstalk. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Controversial presenter will leave Communicorp station in December

Will Goodbody: new business editor of RTÉ News.

James McNamara becomes first digital editor of RTÉ News

Ireland’s Iain Henderson and Jacob Stockdale embrace after the game against New Zealand at the Aviva on Saturday. Photograph: INPHO/Oisin Keniry

Some 14 matches in 2019 tournament will be available free-to-air

Facebook’s share price sank to a 19-month low last week as Wall Street digested a New York Times article that detailed the ways the social media giant used “delay, deny and deflect” tactics in response to scandals. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

The social media giant has its PR playbook, but Apple is outsmarting it at every turn

The average spend on household renovation projects is now about €16,400, according to the latest Consumer Market Monitor

Incentive scheme is driving growth in spending, report finds

An image from the National Lottery’s 2014 ad  ‘The Guru’ by creative agency DDFH&B, which lost the account to rival Rothco in 2017.

Dublin creative agency ‘disappointed’ by loss ahead of restructuring and rebrand

More than 150 categories of employee, many of them working in the services and health sectors, automatically receive a modest tax deduction to reflect costs incurred to do their job.

Withdrawal of automatic entitlements expected to hit employees across the workforce

Protests on the streets of London. At the time of writing, no one knows what’s going on regarding Brexit, a statement that is, to be fair, quite likely to still apply at the time of reading too. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Wallace, Gromit, the new Premier League boss and the ‘Amazon Babies’

Alan Cox: marketing communications group Core, led by Mr Cox, has recently restructured its business and moved into 1 Windmill Lane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Omincom makes €1.2m from Irish operation, while Dentsu Aegis Network slips to Irish loss

Emotions and accountancy ‘can seem like unrelated concepts’, says ACCA Ireland. Photograph: iStock.

Facts not feelings in negotiations for Irish finance professionals, ACCA report finds

Xinhua news anchor Qiu Hao  next to an AI virtual news anchor based on him. Photograph: Xiaoying/Qianlong.com

China’s ‘tireless’ virtual anchors aren’t the only news presenters raising eyebrows

Bill Gates uses a jar of human faeces as a prop at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing: poor sanitation kills half a million children under the age of five annually. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Planet Business: A big week for US politics, sewerless sanitation and Wetherspoon

Paul Williams:  will present his final breakfast show on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Journalist steps down after two years on Communicorp-owned station

Virgin Media Television’s Ian Byrne: will oversee the broadcaster’s revenue activities

Executive will be responsible for launch of ‘addressable’ TV advertising

A plan for a new FM service outside Dublin has been postponed until radio sector revenues improve. Photograph: iStock

Communicorp Media and Wireless Group had opposed the plan

McCann FitzGerald partner Mary Brassil (left) with Labour senator Ivana Bacik and Willis Towers Watson senior director Tamsin Sridhara at a Dublin event to discuss the new Gender Pay Gap Information Bill. Photograph: Colm Mahady / Fennell Photography

Regulations may result in ‘reputational damage’ and equal pay claims

Wetherspoon chairman and founder Tim Martin. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters.

Group founded by pro-Brexit businessman Tim Martin cites upward wage pressure

Tom Lyons has stepped down as executive editor of the ‘Sunday Business Post’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tom Lyons departs title following completion of its sale to Kilcullen Kapital

‘Slow news’ is on its way: Tortoise co-founder Katie Vanneck-Smith, former Dow Jones president. Photograph: Getty Images

Two operations launching soon share a belief that the young can pay and will pay for news

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond poses with his pre-Brexit budget briefcase. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Planet Business: The rise of a mini-Merkel and S&P’s no-deal Brexit forecasts

Revenue says the quickest and easiest way to make a claim is using the online service on Revenue.ie or through its mobile app RevApp. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

December 31st expiry date for refunds relating to 2014 credits and reliefs

Core chief development officer Justin Cullen will set up advisory business Jolt Esquire and take on non-executive roles.

Digital marketer to become chairman of Maximum Media from 2019

Consumers’ outlook on their household finances improved marginally in October, the latest index from KBC Bank Ireland and the ESRI found. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Index finds ‘major mood change’ in Irish households since July amid Brexit fears

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, appearing at a 2015 press conference, are  due to play a lucrative exhibition tennis match in Saudi Arabia. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

There is a new word for an old business now plied by tyrannical states such as Saudi Arabia

An IrishJobs.ie report has described the labour market as “extremely tight” and said businesses were locked in “a ferocious competition over talent”.

Mixed picture ahead of Brexit, while Budget 2019 has ‘fairly modest’ impact

Buck Frexit in the 21st century. Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP

Planet Business: A week of unexpected comebacks

Live gigs kill the radio star? Nicky Byrne, pictured with co-presenter Jenny Greene, will leave 2fm for an unconfirmed period when Westlife embarks on its reunion tour.

Westlife reunion tour will prompt station’s first weekday line-up change in three years

Companies have had to contemplate the potential consequences of major disruptions to both the Irish economy’s capacity to trade and their own supply chains in the event the UK “falls out” of the EU next March. Photograph: Reuters

‘Pervasive’ worries weigh on sentiment, latest KBC Bank and Chartered Accountants Ireland survey finds

‘Unfiltered’ series: JOE journalist Dion Fanning with actor Barry Keoghan.

Maximum Media brand adds to Irish podcast and video line-up

Mark Little:  was an RTÉ journalist and current affairs presenter before leaving to set up Storyful, which he sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for €18 million in 2013. He served as an executive at Twitter.

Neva Labs renames as it builds app to ‘create a news routine’ to match daily lives

Air France KLM will increase the capacity on its Cork-Paris route by 24 per cent from later this month as a result of the deployment of a larger aircraft. An additional 336 seats per week will be available on the service.

Boost for Cork Airport as airline adds seats to daily service

Pump it up: Pumpkin decorations are ubiquitous at Halloween. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP

From Starbucks to Hollywood, marketers are going all out to scare up seasonal business

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (left), who died this week aged 65, is pictured with Bill Gates cheering his basketball team the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000. Photograph: File photograph: Reuters

Planet Business: Also in the news – it’s a Betfair cop, and farewell Microsoft’s Paul Allen

ATMs may become a thing of the past, says Martin Raymond, Irish founder of The Future Laboratory.

Goodbye cash, hello ‘cloud cash’, predicts futurologist working with AIB

Axonista, led by Claire McHugh, has partnered  global factual content company Off the Fence on WaterBear.

Dublin company’s technology will underpin conservation-minded WaterBear Network

2fm drivetime presenter Eoghan McDermott: ‘Kick in the testicles’ question is ‘not justified’, says broadcasting regulator.

Complaint about Eoghan McDermott’s chat with RTÉ boss Dee Forbes upheld in part

Commissioned by Facebook, paid for by Facebook and available to watch only on Facebook, ‘Sorry for Your Loss’ has been showered with critical acclaim. Photograph:    Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters

The platform’s grief-centred original drama is painful in a good way

The Sydney Opera House’s sails controversially become a blank canvas for the advertisers of the Everest horse race. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP

Planet Business: Welcome to the longest of long-haul flights

RTÉ will receive €8.6m more as a result of Budget 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

Department of Communications boost for broadcaster follows regulator’s warning

Customers in the Balrothery Inn in Dublin watch Paschal Donohoe deliver his budget speech.

What he said and what he really, really means

James Frecheville and Hugo Weaving in Lance Daly’s ‘Black 47’

Budget 2019: Section 481, a vital tax credit for the film and television industry, will run until the end of 2024

Ian Kehoe was editor of the Sunday Business Post for four years before signalling in June that he would step down. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Communications appoints financial journalist to public broadcaster role

Tour operator Thomas Cook, which has owned Club 18-30 for the past 20 years, has confirmed  it will be winding it up later this month. Photograph: iStock

Unloved holiday brand was too unsubtle for Generation Z and has been pensioned off

Cat (Carolina Main) and Jim (Adrian Dunbar) are mistrustful daughter and inscrutable father in Virgin Media Television’s ‘Blood’.

Broadcaster targeting international audience with this new psychological thriller

Minister of State for Financial Services  Michael D’Arcy: “We cannot simply assume future success, particularly in the wake of challenges such as Brexit and the regulatory and tax reforms in the US.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Government seeks views on how competitive sector might be placed on ‘strong footing’

Irish Studio: Media group owns websites, magazines and event businesses.

Company founded by Irish-American investor Liam Lynch targets digital growth

Bugatti bricks: A Chiron two-seater sports car made of Lego as all sports cars should be. Photograph: Eric Piermont / AFP

Planet Business: This week’s round-up of the strange and strangely sensible

Advertising on video-on-demand platforms is either skipped or tends to  annoy users, marketing group Core has found.

Brands risk damage by frustrating online users with ‘intrusive’ approach, warns Core

Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’. Post-production work by Dublin-based Screen Scene qualified for Section 481 tax relief.

Spotlight should fall on section 481, as delays in scheme weaken Irish audiovisual industry

Amy Huberman on the set of ‘Finding Joy’, a comedy drama made for RTÉ by Treasure Entertainment

Current funding for RTÉ and TG4 ‘not sufficient’ to ensure their sustainability – BAI

EU/Brexit campaign sign north of the Border: concern at Irish economic prospects is being prompted by rising unease about Brexit. Photograph: Artur Widak

Strains on Irish household finances compound nervousness about UK, say ESRI/KBC

Workers think managers favour people who most remind them of themselves. Photograph: iStock.

More than half of staff believe managers favour those who look, think and act like them

Advertising effectiveness: Tae won do fighter Isabel Lehane, who appeared in the Nissan Ireland 2017 ad, which helped drive sales of the Micra

Agencies In the Company of Huskies and Spark Foundry claim prize for Micra work

A Digicel outlet in Jamaica, where the company has completed a sale and leaseback deal on 451 tower sites.

Deal comes as Denis O’Brien company seeks to ease debt burden

Image of the week. September 2010: Unfinished business at what was meant to have been the new headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank, and has since become the new Central Bank HQ. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Some things you would probably rather forget about the bank bust and its fallout

Novelist Donal Ryan: ‘The Thing About December’ will be adapted as ‘Foscadh’ for TG4. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Virgin Media’s ‘Blood’ receives highest sum in BAI’s €6m Sound & Vision round

Comcast’s Philadelphia headquarters: the US media giant has won an auction to formally bid for Sky. Photograph: Matt Rourke/AP

Beating Disney-backed Fox in an auction for the Murdoch jewel has not come cheap

Ecommerce “rewards are there”, says Alan Coleman, chief executive of Wolfgang Digital. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Companies not doing enough to encourage repeat business, finds Wolfgang Digital

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis strides the aisle of the company’s new discount store Jack’s in Chatteris, near Cambridge. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Planet Business: In a week of no-deal friction, Tesco’s new store is a Brexiteer’s paradise

Noa employs 12 full-time staff and expects this will reach 15 in the near future, while it also has a team of seven narrators spread across the US, the UK and Ireland.

Service offering ‘journalism, narrated’ is on course to raise €800,000 in funding this year

Retail scheme: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys at a conference in February. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Enterprise Ireland scheme will support up to 25 companies with export potential

Big Brother may be watching us, but fewer people are watching Big Brother. Photograph: Channel 5 / PA Wire

Viewers may have moved on to the shows it inspired, but the franchise is not dead yet

Storyful’s global chief creative officer and Dublin general manager Lisa McDonald said the business had embarked on “a significant growth phase” over the past two years. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

‘Not all doom and gloom’ for brands in age of social media backlash, says Lisa McDonald

The nimble commercial television ‘family’ is celebrating a birthday it almost didn’t make

The transmission mast at RTÉ’s Montrose campus in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

2rn records revenues of €28.5 million in 2017

Bank of England governor Mark Carney at the Central Bank in Dublin where he gave the annual Whitaker lecture. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

UK regulator confident of financial system’s ability to withstand a ‘disorderly’ Brexit

Brexit headache: Conservative MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson and Peter Bone at the launch of a report claiming the UK economy would be better off with a hard Brexit. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Planet Business: Also this week, a ‘Sovereign’ nation and Europe’s tech proposals

Water charges were ‘the last straw’ for some people after several austerity budgets, UCD report notes.

Timing of policy’s introduction influenced its defeat, UCD study finds

British businessman Richard Desmond, whose Northern & Shell group owns 50 per cent of ‘Independent Star’. The stake is being acquired by ‘Mirror’ publisher Reach. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images.

Newspaper publisher paid dividend of €1.15 million to its shareholders last year

While the value of the deal was not disclosed, it is understood to be the biggest ever sponsorship for Coca-Cola Great Britain & Ireland.

Multiple brands in Coke’s portfolio set to be promoted through soccer sponsorship

Reach, publisher of the Irish Daily Mirror, is buying 50% of the ‘Irish Daily Star’. The other half is owned by ‘Irish Independent’ publisher INM. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Publisher previously known as Trinity Mirror will acquire stake from Northern & Shell

Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz star in Neil Jordan’s thriller ‘Greta’.

Screen Ireland hails ‘strong’ reviews for Irish slate at Toronto festival

To extend the reach of its Prime Video service, Amazon has chosen the time-honoured method of expansion: spending money on sports rights. Photograph: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

The original ecommerce giant’s ambition to ‘own the home’ appears to have few limits

But is it art? Judges at work at the Latte Art World Championship Open in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

Planet Business: Also this week, the campaign for a Brexit ‘People’s Vote’ gets a boost

Bord Gáis Energy has renewed its naming rights and sponsorship agreement for the theatre in Dublin’s Grand Canal Square until 2026. Pictured are John Gallagher (left), of Crownway Entertainment; Live Nation Ireland chief executive Mike Adamson; and Mark Prentice, of Bord Gáis Energy. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Energy supplier extends sponsorship of Grand Canal Square venue until 2026

Claire Brock will present the new 8pm news bulletin on Virgin Media One (TV3). Photograph: Brian McEvoy

‘Pat Kenny’s Big Debate’ and archive series ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ on autumn schedule

Hello to an influx of push notifications on the beach. Photograph: iStock

Now you can stream without borders, roam like at home and forget you’re on holiday at all

Actors Ruth Wilson and Domhnall Gleeson arrive at the New York premiere of The Little Stranger last Thursday. Photograph: Angela Weiss / AFP / Getty

Broadband provider will back event for next three years

SuperValu managing director Martin Kelleher and Guaranteed Irish chief executive Bríd O’Connell. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Retailer will display symbol on in-store material, TV advertising and ‘Bag for Life’ design

 The beleaguered retailer has apologised to customers after cancelling all orders placed online. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Retailer apologises after cancelling all customer orders placed online

Turkish businessmen heed a call to sell dollar and euro savings in support of the lira. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Planet Business: Also this week, liveable cities and the ‘Reed Hastings rule’

RTÉ’s new season launch: (from L) Ryan Tubridy, Laura Whitmore, Bernard O’Shea, Ray D’Arcy, Jennifer Zamparelli, Amy Huberman, Brendan O’Connor, Doireann Garrihy, Tommy Tiernan, Kathryn Thomas, Brian Redmond, Loraine Barry, Joanne Cantwell and Nicky Byrne. Photograph: Collins

Analysis: Broadcaster bids for balance of past and present in new season of shows

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