Bank of Ireland’s Loretta O’Sullivan says survey findings suggest households and firms have put Brexit on the back burner for now, but  it is ‘really only the end of the beginning.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost half of workers expect pay rises in 2020, while companies see Brexit fog lifting

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes or the chairwoman of the board were present at most of the meetings. Photograph: Jason Andrews

Register reveals 14 occasions in four months on funding and national broadcaster’s future

Deep breath: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg listens to Donald Trump speaking at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

Planet Business: A tale of confidence and overconfidence

Smart fridges may enable viewing what you have in your fridge from an app. Photograph: iStock

Light, cameras, refrigeration: Connected homes could shake up grocery marketing

Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, will be the opening gala film at this year’s Virgin Media Dublin International Festival.

VMDIFF begins next month with screening of Irish-backed science fiction thriller Vivarium

 French skyscraper climber Alain Robert, popularly known as the “French Spiderman”. Photograph:  Thomas Samson / AFP/ Getty Images)

Planet Business: The time for reallocating capital is now

TikTok, seen here as one of the social media apps on a smartphone, has amassed 90,000 daily Irish users aged 15-plus, says Ipsos MRBI. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Some 6 per cent of 15-plus population have the short video app

Wolfgang Digital chief executive Alan Coleman: ‘We can only imagine what the future holds.’

Handsets now generate more than half of ecommerce sales, finds Wolfgang Digital

The last televised head-to-head debate between a taoiseach and the leader of the opposition was between Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny in 2007, with RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan chairing. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

RTÉ will be keeping a tally of its costs, while Virgin Media won't want to displace Love Island

Big white air taxi: Hyundai and Uber’s all-electric full-scale electric air taxi, S-AI, on display during CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images

Planet Business: 2020 gets off to a flying start

The new Media Commission’s efficacy will depend on the level of resources granted to it by Government. File photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The BAI’s upgrade needs the power to impose large fines on tech firms

Presenters Ciara Doherty, Elaine Crowley, Muireann O’Connell and Karen Koster at Virgin Media Television’s spring schedule launch in Dublin. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Broadcaster previews spring schedule amid ‘challenging’ environment for media industry

Virgin Media Television’s Gogglebox Ireland is one of the broadcaster’s biggest hits.

Broadcaster will preview spring schedule for its three Irish television channels

Ellie Goulding’s third UK number one shows that this is no longer simply the age of streaming, but the age of the smart speaker. Photograph: Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage

Ellie Goulding’s River reflects smart speakers’ new influence on the music charts

Colin Gordon of Engage Consulting and former chief executive of Glanbia Consumer Foods: ‘Systemic’ problem with marketing in Ireland.

Irish marketing wilting under confusion and short-termism, says top boss

Cliffs of Moher: one of Ireland’s most-visited tourist attractions.

After upbeat start, the industry’s fortunes waned over course of 2019

 Gert Ysebaert, CEO of Mediahuis, with company chairman Thomas Leysen announce the purchase of INM in April 2019. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Across publishing and broadcasting, the industry is battling to adjust to the new screen order

A family who found a message from a Chinese prisoner in a Tesco Christmas card said they thought it was a ‘prank’ when they first read it. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Seasonal indulgence may be forgiven, but the ‘too much stuff’ message is cutting through

The Eiffel Tower, pictured on Tuesday, has been closed a result of French public sector protests. Photograph: Christophe Ena / AP

Planet Business: Dreaming of a prosperous Christmas

NUJ Irish secretary Séamus Dooley said the BAI decision needed to be revisited.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Regulator says matter is ‘now closed’ after radio group lifts ban on Currency journalists

An Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign billboard. It seems like Washington DC has belatedly become alive to the undesirability of unchecked Big Tech. Photograph: Justin Kaneps/The New York Times

Blurred boundaries and false dawns, most likely

The 20 largest companies trading on the Euronext Dublin (formerly the Irish Stock Exchange) have met an interim target to have at least 25 per cent female directors on their boards by the end of 2019

A Government-backed review shows a mixed picture for women in business. What next?

Political froth. Pub owner Greene King gets into the electoral spirit in Westminster. Photograph: Jane Russell/wpragency/PA Wire

Planet Business: It’s never too late to escape to Lapland

The Currency co-founder Ian Kehoe: ‘We have decided not to appear on Communicorp stations while the ban remains in force against Irish Times journalists.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Editor Ian Kehoe says Currency team will stay off air while Irish Times ban remains

Balance for Better Business co-chairs Brid Horan and Gary Kennedy. Photograph: Leah Farrell/

New targets set for inclusion of women on leadership teams and in private companies

Senior RTÉ sources say they are not against a move away from the Donnybrook campus, above, but that the economic case did not stack up at present File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sources say NTMA advisory unit wants the sale option to remain on the table

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes: Licence fee reform delay is ‘completely untenable’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘Tough decisions’ will be made on sports rights to close funding gap, says Dee Forbes

Two hands: UK prime minister and Conservative leader Boris Johnson gets to grip with a cod in Grimsby, northeast England. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP.

Boris Johnson’s ‘oven-ready’ promises are the fishiest item on Britain’s political menu

Niall McGarry, the founder and majority owner of Maximum Media, who has stepped back from executive responsibilities at the Irish business. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

IAB Ireland says it will ‘continue to review’ charter governing online ad transparency

RTÉ had earlier this year hired consultants at KPMG to examine the viability of the sale of the magazine.

National Union of Journalists welcomes broadcaster’s move to keep listings magazine

Acast key account director Micheál Scully: Podcast listenership has ‘skyrocketed’.

Swedish-founded platform wants marketing budgets to ‘catch up’ with listener interest

Election cue: Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson plays pool at a youth centre while Extinction Rebellion protest outside. Photograph: Aaron Chown / PA Wire

Planet Business: Sterling moves

Christmas FM launches its 2019 programme with charity partner Barretstown: station co-founder Garvan Rigby; former Irish rugby player and Barretstown ambassador Gordon D’Arcy; Barretstown chief executive Dee Ahearn; station co-founder Walter Hegarty

Jingle bell time is a swell time for charity station with devoted fanbase

The biggest deal announced during the third quarter was  CRH’s disposal of its European distribution business to the Blackstone Group, which was valued at €1.64bn

Number of transactions slips after record second quarter

Tiffany & Co assortment of ladders, not for sale, New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Planet Business: LVMH faces the task of making Tiffany’s sparkle outside the US

RTÉ in Donnybrook, Dublin. The Minister for Communications is seeking a new board member for the public service broadcaster. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public Appointments Service seeks candidate familiar with ‘new digital models’

The Mater Private Hospital in Dublin.

Interest payments and amortisation charge lead to loss for five-month period after deal

Dublin Zoo marketing manager Emma Kiernan: Education, conservation and family are the zoo’s ‘core values’, she said.

Marketing manager wins after boosting visitor numbers through Wild Lights event

Business Post rebrand: The 30-year-old paper has a new name, a newish owner and one startling ambition.

The 30-year-old paper’s current owner has aspirations that verge on the incredible

PrepayPower chief executive Cathal Fay: “Thankfully the weather this year has been reasonably benign.”

Suppliers of pay-as-you-go electricity and gas saw revenue rise 29 per cent in 2018

People walking  past a shopfront   advertising Black Friday discounts. Photograph:  Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Bank of Ireland reports sentiment rise as AIB predicts Black Friday mobile pay surge

The average expected duration of working life in  the Republic has nudged up 0.3 years compared to a year ago and is 3.8 years longer than at the start of the century. Photograph: iStock

Men are forecast to be in labour market for 40.4 years and women 33.6 years

Pizza Express in Woking, which Prince Andrew said he visited in March 2001. The chain is saddled with high debts and is expected to restructure. Photograph: Andrew Matthews / PA

Planet Business: Downgrades all round

The Central Bank has issued new lending rules for credit unions that will come into effect from 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

New regulations permit mortgages of up to 35 years after consultation feedback

Data giants: Facebook also owns Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, while Google owns the Android operating system and YouTube. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA

‘Unparalleled power’ must be tackled by governments, report urges

The Sunday Business Post will lose Sunday from its masthead. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Masthead change comes 30 years after first edition of the newspaper

Virgin Media bought the former TV3 Group in 2015. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Unite trade union will also hold ballot amid plan to make up to 65 workers redundant

Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) in the original series of Vikings

On-demand giant commissions new version of TV saga made in Ashford Studios

The Young Offenders: the second season of the comedy is now showing on RTÉ2. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Demotion awaits for channel once ‘biggest sporting moments’ are moved to RTÉ One

Attendees record the final sales tally at an event at Alibaba’s headquarters marking Singles Day. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Singles joy, Disney pain and the politicians who turned company directors

Core chief executive Alan Cox, pictured at 1 Windmill Lane. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Period of investment in marketing group is ‘starting to pay off’, says chief executive

Derville Rowland confirmed that the Central Bank has started preparing for a “huge piece of work” on the motor and home insurance market.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

But regulator is keen to avoid ‘unintended consequences’ from action on practice

DMG Media Ireland group editor Sebastian Hamilton (left) will leave his role

Irish Mail on Sunday editor Conor O’Donnell promoted to role

Taken Down: A crime drama with sharp things to say about the direct provision system. Photograph: Bernard Walsh

Ministers much prefer talking about the Irish media than doing a thing to keep it alive

Colm Williamson, founder of Waterford Whispers News, pictured in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Popular Tramore-based satirists launch €5 a month option for ‘comedy junkies’

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton: Committed to ‘developing a device independent charge’. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Q&A: Reforms to public media funding have been put off by a reluctant Government

RTÉ headquarters: before “core” services can be stripped back, the fringe and the niche must go. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Leaner future will see broadcaster say goodbye to raft of services

One more referendum, with feeling: SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon poses with a guitar in Dalkeith, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

Planet Business: When it’s time for a change and maybe a song

Mumbai-set thriller Sacred Games, Netflix’s first original series from India

Price of Apple TV+ proves just how much streaming companies covet this market

Dublin’s Q102: ‘Looking forward’ to talking to regulator about licence renewal.

Rival expression of interest fails to proceed to application stage

Earthbound – for now – Richard Branson rings the bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Planet Business: It’s been another week of wholly unsustainable activity

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance: ‘We will strike the correct balance, so as to ensure that Irish financial service consumers do not pay higher interest rates and charges than other European consumers’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance says tracker mortgage scandal damaged reputation of sector

The majority of Dublin Bus’s 3,500 employees are male, including 96 per cent of its 2,500 drivers, who are more likely to be paid overtime rates than both other employees and female drivers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Men earn 2.3% more overall, despite higher base pay for small pool of women employees

 Dan Fox: founder of  legal services start-up Johnson Hana. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne

Legal services start-up founded by former barrister Dan Fox eyes expansion

Queen Elsa struggles to come to terms with her magical powers in Disney’s Frozen (2013). Its sequel is about to defrost in a cinema – and supermarket – near you.

With the release of the animated sequel, the 2019 box office giant is truly in its element

The total number of start-ups in the first three quarters of the year was 17,160 in the State.

Rate of insolvencies has also increased, says CRIF Vision-net

A Brexit protest outside the UK parliament.  The EU on Monday agreed to a Brexit extension until January 31st. Photograph: Getty Images

Consumers nervous and the overall mood is still subdued, finds Bank of Ireland Economic Pulse survey

The Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Square.

NH Hotel Group will operate the hotel after change of ownership

RTÉ Radio 1’s Morning Ireland studio. The latest figures show the breakfast news programme has 429,000 listeners.

Radio 1’s Liveline reclaims second spot, while 2fm signals plans for more video streaming

Everything is  vine: Westminster tube station is rebranded as Westminster Jungle in a newspaper promotion. Photograph: Leon Neal / Getty Images

Planet Business: Bring on 2020 already

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at Georgetown University this week. Photograph: AP/Nick Wass

Tech giant’s reluctance to ‘censor’ political ads doesn’t stack up in disinformation age

Ray D’Arcy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

RTÉ is set to brief staff, with the dread phrase ‘compulsory redundancies’ hanging in the air

Stop Brexit badges at the SNP party conference in Aberdeen, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Planet Business: In tense times, there’s always leopard print and Lego

Male marketing, data and digital professionals are paid more than women in comparable roles, according to Alternatives and the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Photograph: iStock.

Male directors paid average of €17,500 more than female counterparts

Journalists from the Currency were banned from stations owned by Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp last month, with an email citing its status as a ‘competitor platform’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Union move follows Dáil letter to Denis O’Brien’s radio group

Nasty red balls: Danny Dyer introduces an unsuspecting television audience to ‘The Wall’ on the BBC game show. Photograph: Endemol Shine UK

My licence fee isn’t paying for The Wall with Danny Dyer – someone else has that pleasure

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s speech was low on ’opportunities’, with the word popping up just four times compared to 13 outings for the less benign-sounding ’risk’.

Marginal Notes: The Minister for Finance’s Budget 2020 address was a Brexit-fest

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets actor Ruth Negga at a Screen Ireland-hosted event in Los Angeles late last month.

RTÉ risks being bypassed as business of TV drama realigns

Funchal, Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Abbey’s Charles Gallagher says he is ‘feeling more cheerful’ about planning reform in the Irish market following the decision. Photograph: Google Maps

Go-ahead given for 28 units at site near the Stillorgan Road

‘Obviously we are not going back to where we were in 2006,’ says Abbey executive chairman Charles Gallagher. Photograph: Alan Betson

Withdrawal of the Help to Buy scheme would be ‘a very bad mistake’, it claims

A panel at the Conservative party conference in Manchester muses about how to get Brexit on. Or possibly done. Photograph: Ian Forsyth / Getty Images.

Planet Business: Can you feel the wealth tonight?

Chasing younger viewers: Doireann Garrihy impersonates RTÉ presenters Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé on her RTÉ Player show the Doireann Project.

Linear viewing is losing out to Netflix and YouTube as a demographic comes of age

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meets actor Ruth Negga at a Screen Ireland event in Los Angeles last week. The Irish film industry depends upon the section 481 tax credit, but approved relief fell last year.

C&AG report shows sharp drop in approved support for film and TV industry

Maura Higgins and Curtis Pritchard on ITV series Love Island, shown in Ireland on Virgin Media Two and the Virgin Media Player. The series attracts the younger age group that broadcasters increasingly find hard to reach. Photograph: ITV Studios.

‘Considerably less TV’ now being watched by 15 to 24-year-olds as streaming services gain ground

Audio journalism takes flight: Noa chief executive Gareth Hickey

Listening to articles will become ‘journalism norm’, says Irish start-up

The report’s author said the national decline of 2.8% was higher than usual. Photograph: Paddy Whelan reports the annual rate of asking price inflation has now flattened to 0.3%

Holiday misery: A British government official speaks to tourists booked with Thomas Cook as they queue on Monday at an airport near Tunis. Photograph: Fethi Belaid/AFP

Planet Business: Another week of airport hell, this time courtesy of Thomas Cook

RTÉ broadcaster Marty Morrissey with professional partner Ksenia Zsikhotska in the 2018 series of Dancing with the Stars, a format Virgin Media Television says public money should not be used to buy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Public funds should not be used for Fifa World Cup or Dancing with the Stars, it says

Virgin Media Television drama ‘Blood’, starring Adrian Dunbar, is among the series to have received funding from the BAI’s Sound & Vision scheme in recent years.

BAI opens consultation on oversubscribed Sound & Vision

Giant sculpture of Gollum, a character from The Hobbit,  in Wellington Airport. Amazon is to film its upcoming television series, The Lord of the Rings, in New Zealand. Photograph: Nick Perry/AP Photo

New Zealand has locked down its claim to Middle-earth, but it wasn’t inevitable

Adrian Lynch, RTÉ’s  director of audience, channels and marketing; Dee Forbes, director-general; and Jim Jennings, director of content. File photograph: Andres Poveda

RTÉ One, RTÉ2 and Radio 1 are its main services, and news is its single biggest genre

Michael Fingleton snr, former chief executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society, arriving at a Central Bank Inquiry, Black Hall Place.Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Fingleton jnr, son of the former managing director, made application

Invisible man: Boris Johnson fails to join Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel for a joint press conference. Bettel gestures to an empty podium. Photograph: Joshua Sammer/Getty

Planet Business: When all else fails to impress ... why not hire a clown?

These are fraught times in RTÉ, where morale, if not quite in the toilet, is certainly heading in the direction of the bowl. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

How long can the Government distance itself from the broadcaster’s woes?

Deirdre O’Kane, pictured at a Sky event in Dublin’s Westbury Hotel in February 2019, will front a new stand-up comedy series on Sky One. Photograph: Robbie Reynolds

Five-part Kite Entertainment show will be filmed at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre

 Pro14 rugby: a good example of a rights-holder that has set up an effective formula in Ireland, where the pay-TV option on Eir Sport is blended with TG4’s free-to-air access. Photograph:  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

For fans, it’s frustrating. For media companies, it’s expensive and perilous.

Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen (second from left) has annoyed Donald Trump by refusing to sell him Greenland. Also pictured are Norway’s prime minister Erna Solberg (left),  Iceland’s prime minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right). Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins / AFP

Planet Business: No, Greenland is not for sale

‘Atmospheric’ thriller: Killian Scott and Sarah Greene star in crime drama Dublin Murders, a BBC-RTÉ co-production.

Focus on climate change and Sean Quinn in offering from ‘flat broke’ broadcaster

An Amazon ‘fulfilment centre’ in the UK. The ecommerce company pays staff to tweet about working in its warehouses under ‘ambassador’ accounts. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The ecommerce giant tried too hard – the real danger will be when it becomes subtle

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