Communicorp chairwoman Lucy Gaffney. Denis O’Brien’s radio group has objected to ‘heavy-handed’ regulation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Radio groups object to BAI ownership and control policy, citing unfettered online sector

It feels safe to assume a correlation between newspaper consumption and age, then explain it by invoking the truism that people drift rightwards as they get older

In countries with more polarised politics, levels of trust in media are more in flux

Neon Cannes dreams: Rory Hamilton, chief creative officer of the Irish advertising agency Boys + Girls

Dublin creative agency will address global advertising festival on its YouTube hit

Theresa May, still prime minister of the UK, steps into the glare of London Tech Week. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP

Planet Business: Political buccaneers and a reflective billionaire take centre stage

Philip Green, whose debt-stricken clothing empire Arcadia Group has been awarded a “lifeline”. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/New York Times

Retail chain’s chairman has become intertwined with its brand to toxic effect

Irish Times online users are more likely to be left of centre than those who read the ‘traditional’ printed form. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Survey finds 12% pay for news online, with younger readers more likely to do so

Some 59 per cent said Irish media helped them understand the news of the day, which was well above the EU average of 48 per cent

Reuters Institute finds 25-34 age group most likely to pay for online news

Higher Ground: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama want to ‘foster productive dialogue’ through their Spotify podcasts. Photograph: Jim Young/AFP

Exclusive deal with Barack and Michelle Obama points to fragmented audio future

Niamh (Orla Fitzgerald) and Jen (Lynn Rafferty) in RTÉ’s flagship drama commission for 2018, Taken Down, produced by Spiral Pictures. Photograph: Bernard Walsh

One in six TV pitches are commissioned, but spending has only nudged up in recent times

USA soccer player Carli Lloyd (centre) is seen in foosball figurine form, surrounded by representations of her teammates ahead of the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

Planet Business: It’s all kicking off in France today

Non-alcoholic drink intervention: Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland chief executive Orla Twomey

Non-alcoholic product variants should not target children, watchdog rules dictate

A 1980 advertisement for the Employment Equality Agency, set up in 1977 and led by the late Sylvia Meehan. Before then, it was legal for employers to bar women or men from jobs.

Days when only men had ‘initiative’ and only women were ‘friendly’ not really so distant

Norway’s Caroline Hansen  and the  Republic of Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan in action during the World Cup qualifier at Viking Stadion, Stavanger. Photograph: Andrew Halseid Budd/Inpho

All 52 matches to be broadcast on Irish TV for first time

Outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May has a Brussels catch-up with European Commission president Jean-Clause Juncker. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool via Reuters.

Planet Business: Time for one last Brussels get-together for Theresa May

Michael Smiley, lead actor on new RTÉ co-production Dead Still. Photograph: Dave J Hogan / Getty Images.

Six-part international co-production set in 1880s Ireland now filming in Dublin

Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) with Press Council chairman Seán Donlon and press ombudsman Peter Feeney. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Press Council reiterates dismay in delay to Defamation Act review

Bríd Horan, co-chairwoman of the Balance for Better Business group: changes required are not just ‘a numbers game’. Photograph: Leah Farrell /

Review group urges end to all-male boards, but stops short of calling for gender quotas

Real Madrid’s  Gareth Bale. The Spanish club  and Manchester United are the only clubs with an enterprise value above €3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Spanish club’s enterprise value rose 10% after Champions League title hat-trick

The press ombudsman, Peter Feeney, made decisions in 30 of 464 complaints in 2018. He upheld 10 of them, double the number in 2017. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Objections to ‘rosarectomy’ cartoon, not upheld, caused surge on previous year

“Few industry people would place bets on this trio of quietly miserable blows to Irish journalism being the last this year.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Grim backdrop for employment prospects as three newspaper groups make editorial cuts

Leif Johansson: “Sweden and Ireland have many common things to discuss. We are relatively small countries, both of us. We are dependent on the rest of the world to do well.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

AstraZeneca chairman Leif Johansson talks free trade, Brexit and pharmaceuticals

It’s Oliver now: A sign on the window of a London outlet informs passersby that Jamie’s Italian has gone into administration. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Planet Biz: Paternity leave; philanthropic billionaire Robert F Smith; facial recognition

From pub to podcast: Jameson whiskey barrel table in Temple Bar, Dublin.

Brand is latest to join audio trend with ‘toe in the water’ history series

New fathers can take 26 weeks paid paternity leave at the Guinness maker in several markets including Ireland. Photograph: Luke MacGregor / Reuters.

Drinks giant signals ‘bold’ move to equal paternity and maternity benefits in many markets

The newspaper was initially launched in September 2015 as a digital-only product. Photograph: iStock

Irish print edition of UK newspaper to cease publication with small number to continue working on digital product

Employment in the State rose 3.7 per cent in the first quarter to just above 2.3 million compared to the same quarter the year before. Photograph: iStock

Numbers in work have ‘never been higher’, says Central Statistics Office

Anything on TV? Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) from Game of Thrones in happier times. Photograph: HBO

The series would not have gained the same attention if it had been uploaded all at once

Better Balance for Better Business’s Brid Horan and Gary Kennedy: group was established in 2018 when only 18 per cent of directors at top Irish publicly quoted companies were women. Photograph: Leah Farrell

Chambers Ireland lobbying for ‘more business-friendly approach’ to legislation

Irish actors Nora-Jane Noone (left) and Nika McGuigan  in Wildfire, the upcoming debut feature from  Irish director Cathy Brady. Photograph: Great Point Media

Agency announces winners of low-budget feature film scheme for female talent

Playback presenter Ronan Kelly in the Radio 1 studio. Photograph: Kinlan Photography

New commercial partners sought for Radio 1 round-up and 2fm afternoon show

Paschal Donohoe,  Minister for Finance and Minister for Expenditure and Reform, in advance of delivering Budget 2019.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Entrepreneurs and family-owned companies should be better supported, says accounting firm

Jeremy Masding, group chief executive at  Permanent TSB. Mr Masding said there was “a disconnect” between the “intrinsic value” of Permanent TSB’s shares and the market value

Annual general meeting hears ‘tough decisions’ must be made at lender

BritBox streaming plan: ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Photograph: David Levenson/Bloomberg

Broadcaster’s share price has halved since 2015 – will takeover rumours begin again?

The Irish Food Board, which works to make a commercial success of Irish food, drink and horticultural businesses overseas, came first in a study by the Reputations Agency. File photograph: Board Bia

IRFU and Aer Lingus also among the steady climbers in the annual RepTrak ranking

Revenue commissioner Gerry Harrahill, chairman Niall Cody and commissioner Michael Gladney. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Up to half of Irish companies incur ‘unnecessary’ risks by not applying

Veteran trader Peter Tuchman (centre) responds to an opening bell plunge at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Planet Business: Tense and thirsty times, for everybody except Match Group

A ‘lot more edge’ coming into panel debates after three years of ‘new politics’, says Virgin Media presenter Ivan Yates. Photograph:  Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Ratings are higher when they ‘get the blood up a bit’, say Virgin Media election hosts

Virgin  added 2,400 broadband subscribers in the first three months, bringing the tally for the category to 378,100, while its 352,300 home telephone subscriptions were unchanged on the previous period.

Company says it is on path of ‘solid progress’

2fm’s Tracy Clifford: Recruited from youth station Spin 1038 in 2015, she is now a stalwart of the weekday schedule.

RTÉ station plans to ‘evolve’ ahead of its 40th birthday, but will younger listeners respond?

Grand Slam reputation: Rolex brand ambassador Roger Federer kisses the Wimbledon trophy in 2017. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP

A reputation expert explains how Netflix and Uber have improved theirs, while Facebook’s and Google’s have slid

Smurfit chief financial officer Ken Bowles and chief executive Tony Smurfit at last year’s annual general meeting.

Tribute paid to retiring chairman Liam O’Mahony at group’s annual meeting

WTO Rules OK! Pro-Brexit graffiti in Leave-voting Thrapston in Northamptonshire, UK. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Planet Business: Taking it to ‘the next level in every respect’

Jenny  Greene, who left 2fm in March, will return to the station with  a new 3pm show from June.

New phone-in show and evening bid to chase younger podcast listeners from June

RTÉ 2fm signals big changes as Today FM toasts breakfast and drivetime gains

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, arrives for the world premiere of Avengers: Endgame in Los Angeles last month. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP.

‘Not an ordinary movie’: Marvel film is 2019 box office leader after just its first weekend

At Coillte’s results announcement were acting chief executive Gerry Britchfield (left), chairwoman Bernie Gray,  and Fergal Leamy, outgoing chief executive. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Dividend paid to State up 87% to €15m, while the group is now close to being debt free

Chernobyl drama: Irish actor Jessie Buckley portrays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, whose husband Vasily was one of the first firefighters on the scene of the 1986 disaster

Campaigner welcomes hard-hitting Sky and HBO TV series that prompted tears at UN

Conversation is Twitter’s ‘superpower’, the social media company claims. Photograph: Thomas White/Reuters

Company’s pursuit of growth depends on abuse reduction and media content deals

JNLR data: Radio listenership figures in the Irish market are based on a face-to-face survey of about 16,500 people on a rolling 12-month period. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Pen-and-paper ‘aided recall’ still the best system for calculating audiences, it concludes

DMG Media Ireland: Falling newspaper circulation and subdued advertising market prompted staff cutbacks.

Political editor and head of news among the departures

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in a Californian court on Monday - sporting a “whole new look”, Cosmopolitan noted. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Planet Business: Things are going so bad for Boeing, Trump has got some advice

Feargal Quinn, who has died aged 82, pictured in the Sutton outlet of Superquinn in 1997. He opened his first shop in Dundalk in 1960. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times

Man behind the Superquinn chain believed his customers should want to come back

Former Warner Bros marketing and publicity executive Désirée Finnegan is the next chief executive of Screen Ireland.

Marketing and publicity expert will lead Irish film, television and animation body

Feargal Quinn pictured in a Superquinn store in Sutton, Dublin, in 1997. Photograph: David Sleator / The Irish Times.

Businessman served as senator for 23 years

The historic advertising site at Piccadilly Circus displays a test screen in October 2017 shortly before its relaunch. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/Getty Images.

Supersized ad screens of the future may break smartphones’ hold on our attention

Donald Trump checks his notes in Burnsville, Minnesota. Photograph: Jim Watson / AFP.

Planet Business: Sometimes it’s quite handy being a billionaire

There is a ‘climate of self-censorship’ in Irish media, Reporters Without Borders said

Republic up one place to 15th in Reporters Without Borders index

Disney showcases upcoming content, including Frozen 2, The Lion King and Toy Story 4, at an event to promote streaming platform Disney+. Photograph: Valerie Macon / AFP

US media giant is undercutting Netflix, but its fairytale ending is not guaranteed

The French connection. Macron and May meet  in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Planet Business: Awkward conversations continue in Paris

Call for funding: Independent Broadcasters of Ireland chairman John Purcell (right) with consultant and former Newstalk editor-in-chief Garrett Harte. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Independent Broadcasters of Ireland group urges action on promised reforms

Only 35 per cent of executives surveyed said their organisation had taken appropriate measures to address the causes of any gender pay gap

‘Lack of accountability’ holds back diversity and inclusion at Irish companies, EY says

Irish Tatler has a new look, starting with its May 2019 edition.

Title dating back to 1890 has ‘new vision’ for Irish women in tough print market

Ryanair dropped 1.4 per cent to €11.07 after analysts at Goodbody said the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max 8s could cost it €10 million this year.

Cairn plunges as founders raise €22.78m by selling a series of shares in the company

The Night King makes his assault on the Wall in HBO’s Game of Thrones, which returns to Sky and Now TV next week for its final season.

From budget battles to battle budgets, the fantasy epic has transformed television

DMG Media Ireland, the company behind the Irish Daily Mail, has told staff their jobs are at risk.

Publisher’s cuts come amid loss of advertising and circulation revenue

Is it time to take Brexit out with the trash? Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

Brexit mistrust, defunct social networks and why Abigail Disney would ban private jets

A Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft approaches Paris-Beauvais airport in Tille, northern France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters.

Citadel Europe disclosed to the Central Bank that it is shorting the airline

DMG Media Ireland is expected to announce job losses at the Irish Daily Mail on Friday

Newspaper publisher has called staff to a meeting on Friday

Digital ad growth: IAB Ireland chief executive Suzanne McElligott (left), IAB Ireland chairman Shane Nolan and PwC advisory partner Amy Ball

Market has now crossed half a billion euro, finds annual spending study by IAB/PwC

 Austin Hughes, chief economist KBC Bank Ireland: consumers conscious of some modest improvements in their household finances

Sentiment made ‘modest’ gain in March after a torrid February, finds ESRI

 Sunday Business Post: Newspaper was sold to new owners in 2018. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times.

Newspaper boss says time is right to ‘hand over the reins’

There may be ‘challenges’ ahead: Independent News & Media titles on display in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Newspaper group has a plan, INM@21, but faces daunting hurdles before it reaches 2021

Former INM chief financial officer Ryan Preston. Photograph:  Bryan Meade

Media organisation paid new chief executive Michael Doorly in excess of €630,000 in 2018

INM newspaper titles on display: circulation and advertising revenues are in decline. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times.

‘Business as usual’ at group despite investigations into alleged data breach, says CEO

Ticketsolve: Some 80 per cent of ticket bookers to arts events are women

Dublin-based company finds female ‘social catalysts’ make majority of bookings

Britain bound: Sean Whelan, RTÉ’s next London correspondent.

Journalist ‘grateful’ for chance to report on ‘massive running story’ of Brexit

Jam Media’s Jessy & Nessy will debut on Amazon Prime Video later this year

Jessy & Nessy, about exploring ‘life’s curiosities’, will be on Amazon Prime Video by end of 2019

Virgin Media Television managing director Pat Kiely said the partnership with Sky would ensure advertisers could access 30 million “targetable TV viewers” in the UK. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Move extends ability of advertisers to target TV audiences as they would online ones

Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple: the company is unveiling streaming video and news subscriptions, key parts of Apple’s push to transform itself into a leading digital services provider. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The iPhone maker has grown more attached to practices that some argue are unfair

The great Leave Means Leave crusade gets under way in Easington, England. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Planet Business: It wasn’t the best week for Republican congressman Devin Nunes

Events plan: The Sunday Business Post newspaper. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Company behind newspaper says purchase is part of ‘new strategy taking shape’

Ivan Yates, who co-presents ‘The Tonight Show’. A controversial ‘style is usual’ for him, the regulator said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

Objection to Ivan Yates comment on Irish speakers also dismissed

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath: mortgage market is ‘far too cosy’. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Entry will boost competition, says Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath

Finance Ireland chief executive Billy Kane says the lender is now a “substantial business” challenging the main banks across a number of sectors. Photograph: Bryan James Brophy

Lender devises ‘lifetime value’ approach in bid to compete with main banks

In this year of Brexit faffing and fallout, it’s hard to picture the present Government devoting much energy to the financial sustainability of the Irish media

Some say there’s a ‘national crisis-in-waiting’, so should the Government do something?

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

Regulator sees inquiries rise, but big groups are choosing Germany and Netherlands

British synchronised swimming duet Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thorpe attempt their routine in a pool filled with plastic. Photograph: Nigel Davies / PA

Planet Business: Why the hot ticket of the future may be a seat on the Oceania Express

A sperm whale calf pictured on RTÉ documentary series Ireland’s Deep Atlantic. The BAI will fund a follow-up two-parter from Sea Fever Productions.

Big School, Fantasy Ireland and a John Connors doc series among the recipients

Sky has agreed a deal with Premier Sports to become exclusive distribution partner for Premier Sports in Ireland. For the first time, Sky will be home to every live Premier League game. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All 233 televised Premier League games now available through one Sky subscription

US president Donald Trump tweeted about Apple CEO Tim Cook, calling him Tim Apple to ‘save time’. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Laura Slattery: Is ‘Tim Apple’ a character from the Garden Gang or a satirical novel?

BBC’s creative director of user experience and design, David Bailey. Photograph: Mark Harrison

Project under way to improve legibility and help brand stand out in crowded market

Core chief executive Alan Cox called on the Government to commission an independent report to explore the threats to the financial sustainability of news publishers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sustainability of news publishers at risk from online ad trends, Core group warns

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures. Photograph: Tom Honan

Interview: Element Pictures founders are back from the Oscars ‘fishbowl’ with plans for expansion

Dummy on a scooter tests the response of a self-driving Volvo bus on trial in Singapore. Photograph: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

Planet Business: Anyone for a spin in the €11m La Voiture Noire supercar?

Derry Girls stars Louisa Harland (left), Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan and Dylan Llewellyn. Photograph: Channel 4

Lisa McGee’s comedy has been a hit both for linear TV and on-demand

Liverpool players celebrate with a banner supporting Liverpool fan Sean Cox who was attacked outside Anfield  last year. Over €1 million has been raised of a €2 million target to pay for his rehabilitation and care. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari

Ireland is ‘a real success story’ for fundraising, the US company says

Media gather outside the Honda Motor plant in Swindon. It isn’t good news. Photograph: James Beck/Bloomberg

Planet Business: A long way from Spitfires, UK’s no-deal flirtation racks up casualties

‘The Irish Times’ has combined print and digital sales of 79,406 in the second half of 2018. Photograph: Frank Miller

Sales of digital subscriptions rising more quickly than decline of print

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