Bank of England governor Mark Carney: Brexit ‘could go quite badly’. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Planet Business: Meet the family behind an opioid blamed for a US epidemic

Mairéad Nayager, Diageo’s chief HR officer, with her daughter Maeve. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Drinks giant has cut its pay gap to 5.4% on HR chief Mairéad Nayager’s watch

Comedian and actor Deirdre O’Kane hosted a Sky event previewing its upcoming shows. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds.

Comcast-owned Sky previews return to ‘Riviera’ and Brendan Gleeson short ‘Psychic’

"Luckily, Sky News is almost certainly a more intriguing place to work than Sky News Raw could ever dare to show."

For most journalists, the idea of having their day’s work filmed is a very dull nightmare

Former president Mary McAleese speaking at the 30% Club conference in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Organisation campaigns for better gender balance in Irish businesses

Backstopping down? British prime minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street en route to Belfast.  Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP

Planet Business: Get to know vinyl lover Doug Putman and review the week in numbers

Ian Dempsey’s long-running Today FM breakfast show has added listeners. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Newstalk’s market share reached a new record high, industry figures show

Irish Tesco executive Christine Heffernan has been appointed group communications director of the British retailer and will join  its executive committee.

She will join the key executive committee of the British supermarket chain

‘The Incredibles 2’, the 2018 film produced by Disney-owned Pixar. Disney is getting  combative as it takes on Netflix.

Disney Plus is one of several new Netflix rivals coming soon

Katie Molony, now co-chief executive, with Ciaran Casey, of media group Irish Studio.

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

EU beret vs Union Jack cape: let the battle commence. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Planet Business: Some companies are enjoying a quarterly earnings mic drop

 Niall Molloy  and Graeme McWilliams  of Echelon Data Centres with Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys at the announcement of two data centre projects in Clondalkin and Arklow. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

New Irish firm will invest €1 billion in projects and create more than 910 jobs

Irish author Anna Burns on stage at the Guildhall in London as  the Duchess of Cornwall (left) presents her with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for her novel ‘Milkman’. Photograph: Frank Augstein/PA Wire

Not all literary awards find it easy to fully forget their old corporate partners

Not all literary awards find it easy to fully forget their old corporate partners

From left, Uniphar chief executive Ger Rabbette with chairman Maurice Pratt: Uniphar’s acquisition of Sisk Healthcare was the largest deal involving both Irish buyers and sellers in 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Level of activity not expected to be repeated in 2019, says Investec

Brindley Healthcare board member: former tánaiste and minister for health Mary Harney.  File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former minister for health appointed following €10m investment by BGF

Teeing off from the 16th at Ballybunion. Photograph:  Frank Miller

More high-spending North American golfers would offset possible impact of Brexit

 Tesco is set to cut 15,000 jobs in their UK stores. No comment has been made in relation to their Irish outlets. File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Supermarket giant to scrap meat, fish and deli counters in store overhaul, reports say

Redundancy plan: INM titles on display at a company agm in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

News publisher’s move has triggered ‘grave concerns’, says NUJ

A deluxe room inside Dalata Hotel Group’s new Clayton Hotel in the City of London.

Irish company adds to property count with City of London four-star

Capitalism is “a wild beast”: U2 frontman Bono takes centre stage in a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP

Planet Business: From a ‘wild beast’ at Davos to James Dyson’s Singapore journey

Goodbody managing director Roy Barrett. Deal to sell to Chinese investors has been called off.

Stockbroking group said ‘rationale’ for transaction had changed

The Echo Boy statue in Cork. The Evening Echo became famous for the group of boys who distributed it on the street. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney / Provision

127-year-old newspaper will be printed at same time as ‘Irish Examiner’

Sponsorship of the Dublin International Film Festival ‘sits very nicely with our ambitions in TV’, says Virgin Media Ireland chief executive Tony Hanway. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Media group seeking to ‘reinvigorate’ festival in first year as title sponsor – Tony Hanway

‘The Hole in the Ground’ writer-director Lee Cronin: “You really need the wind at your back.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s good to admit that line between hits and flops can be unpredictable

Heart-stopping landscapes: Swedish couple Fred and Lisa survey the view in Connemara National Park in Tourism Ireland’s new campaign.

The €16m ‘Fill Your Heart with Ireland’ campaign starts on European TV this week

Ticket barriers on the London Underground: substantially more frictionless than Brexit. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Planet Business: Nike’s self-lacing shoes, YouTube’s banned pranks; UK’s ticking clock

Seána Kerslake, star of forthcoming film ‘The Hole in the Ground’ is pictured with its director and writer Lee Cronin (right) and Screen Ireland chief executive James Hickey at the launch of its 2019 production catalogue. Photograph: Julien Behal

Producer backs return of slate funding that helped Oscar-tipped ‘The Favourite’ get made

Ryan Tubridy obliterates the competition in a preview image from ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ of 2014, the most-watched programme on Irish television this century. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Can anything beat it in the ratings? Only a dramatic, rare sport event may stand a chance

Editorial cuts: INM titles on display at a company meeting in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Scandal-hit media group plans new round of cutbacks in 2019

Empty lorry charade: Goods vehicles with no goods form an orderly queue in Kent to demonstrate how the road will cope in a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Planet Business: New smartphone warnings, plus the tech that insists on folded laundry

Tubridy’s triumph: ‘The Late Late Toy Show’ was once again the most-watched programme on Irish television last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times.

RTÉ dominates, but Six Nations boosts Virgin Media’s showing in Irish television ratings

Uniphar chief executive Ger Rabbette (left) with chairman Maurice Pratt. The CCPC cleared it to buy Sisk Healthcare in August, subject to information-sharing restrictions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Real estate eclipses fuel as biggest sector for M&A deals notified to commission in 2018

INM papers on display at the Independent News & Media AGM in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

After an eventful 12 months, there may not be much in the way of let-up in 2019

Geoff Codd, Energia’s head of marketing and retail development, pictured at Energia Huntstown Power Plant. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Campaign aims ‘to tell people that we are bigger than they think we are’, says firm

The SFA said small firms are expected to be more cautious until there is more certainty about the post-Brexit relationship between the EU and UK. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Job creation potential of sector needs ‘concrete’ support to be realised, SFA says

Agnes Brown (Brendan O’Carroll) celebrates ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ topping the Irish Christmas television charts again. Photograph: BBC / RTÉ.

First festive special for ‘The Young Offenders’ helps draw younger viewers to RTÉ

  Munster’s Alby Mathewson in action. A third of men – and 43 per cent of men aged 25-34 – are subscribers to sports channels, research has found. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

No relief for fans as broadcast rights split and shift to an array of pay-TV options

Out-of-home advertising will be one of the few traditional media markets to grow in 2019, GroupM predicts.

Brexit impact will be ‘more negative than positive’, media agency group says

Darren Smith, television producer and  managing director of Kite Entertainment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The TV producer on doing ‘covers’, lessons from ‘Anglo’ and everybody loving ‘Goggler’

Stocking filler? Clay ‘caganer’  figures representing Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin on sale in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Albert Gea / Reuters

Planet Business: Out of the ‘swamp’, into the bleak midwinter

Money, money, money: Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper and Cher in Irish box office leader Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Superheroes beaten at box office by ‘Mamma Mia!’ sequel and ‘A Star is Born’ remake

Never fully dressed without a scoop: swaggering tabloid editor Duncan Allen (Ben Chaplin) confronts his troops in the BBC drama ‘Press’.

2018 had everything: scandals, outrages and some terrible slurs on journalists

Larks: Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Planet Business: YouTubers press ‘dislike’, while Google reveals its top search terms

Ryan Tubridy, RTÉ’s highest-paid presenter, pictured outside Number 10 Downing Street, London, in October.

George Hamilton rejoins list, while Mary Wilson makes it four women for first time

Seagram’s Edgar Bronfman jnr  (centre), with  Frank J Biondi   of Universal Studios and Cornelis Boonstra  of Royal Philips Electronics.  An erstwhile film producer and songwriter, Bronfman had a fateful preference for studios over distilleries. Photograph: Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images

A 1990s drinks giant sidestepped into film and music – could something similar happen again?

‘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/

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 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 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

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