From Airbnb to Mastercard to ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ wine, marketing fails come at you fast

Actors Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin portray Colin and Wendy Parry in the BBC’s fact-based drama ‘Mother’s Day’, which will air on RTÉ One on September 2nd. Photograph: BBC

‘Resistance’ and ‘Taken Down’ on broadcaster’s slate, alongside four BBC titles

Consumers abandon department stores, furniture shops, cinemas and hairdressers for the beach. Photograph: iStock

Not every type of shop basked in June sunshine, says Retail Ireland

“In many parts of rural Ireland, drinks, hospitality and tourism businesses are the primary and sometimes only employers.” Photograph: iStock

Irish excise is second-highest in Europe behind Finland, according to industry group

Dara Ó Briain and Hugh Dennis (background) from ‘Mock the Week’, repeats of which are a mainstay of UKTV channel Dave

Channels Gold, Dave, W and Alibi have returned to the television platform

Not a real cat: robot cat Ballon at the Underground Maker Festival in Tokyo. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Planet Business: Superheroes and super-villains abound

Weak pound, strong euro. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

The euro has risen above 90 pence for the first time this year. Is that bad?

Liberty Global chief executive Mike Fries (L) chats to the company’s founder, John Malone, in Dublin last month.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

TV3 rebrand, sport channel and new set-top box on the horizon for Irish customers

Is WhatsApp for ‘real friends’? Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

Facebook-owned messaging service has been hit with crises of its own

Model promotion: Daisy Lowe is camouflaged into a wall of daisies by artist Carolyn Roper to publicise Samsung’s ‘ambient mode’ television screens. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

Planet Business: Not all technology represents progress

 Ahead of target: Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Receipts from three largest categories of tax all now running ahead of expectations

Credit unions ‘benefit from a strong brand’, says registrar Patrick Casey.

Arrears have fallen and reserves have increased, says Central Bank

Title synergies: “Mirror” publisher Reach now owns the “Daily Star” in the UK, although it awaits clearance for the 50% stake in the “Irish Daily Star”. Photograph: PA

‘Mirror’ publisher tries to find clear path through impairments and uncertainties

‘Love Island’ contestant Alexandra pictured in a recent episode of the series, which concludes on 3e on Monday. Photograph: ITV

Summer romance for Virgin-owned channel as audience grows by 223% from last year

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes: the success of her tenure is predicated on something beyond her control – Government policy.

Ad competition, licence fee evasion and ascent of Netflix complicate life at Montrose

RTÉ says that since 2009, the number of ‘no TV’ homes has grown by more than 200 per cent, resulting in ‘lost’ funding of €24 million.

Eight choices for reforming support for Irish broadcasting in a global media business

Image of the week: Donald Trump (left) boarding Air Force One at Andrews air force base in Maryland, US. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Planet Business: If only what you were seeing and reading wasn’t happening

Liberty Global chief executive Mike Fries speaking at Virgin Media Ireland’s headquarters in Dublin this week. Photograph: Julien Behal

Liberty’s Mike Fries ‘excited’ about TV business, which won’t rule out GAA rights bid

Newstalk’s ‘Hard Shoulder’ presenter Ivan Yates. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Communicorp station reaches highest market share, while Radio 1 reverses recent slip

Finding an audience: Amy Huberman on the set of her RTÉ / Treasure Entertainment comedy ‘Finding Joy’.

New dramas are in production, but a crowded market makes it hard to score a hit

Alexis (Joan Collins) battles with Krystle (Linda Evans) in ‘Dynasty’, one of the TV classics reshown on CBS Drama, a channel new to Virgin Media Ireland. Photograph: ABC via Getty Images)

Irish customers will see four CBS rerun channels added from Sunday

Alan Cox, chief executive of Core, at its new premises at Windmill Lane, where the reception contains part of the wall made famous by U2 fans. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Core chief talks transparency, creativity, tech regulation - and a ban on emails after 7pm

Don’t talk to me about Brexit: Theresa May takes a break from the House of Commons to attend the Farnborough airshow. Photograph: Andrew Matthews / PA

Planet Business: Dark sunglasses time this week as the Brexit crisis somehow got worse

Golden Discs in Cork: ‘Super-fans are increasingly turning to physical formats.’

Entertainment chain records €12m turnover as super-fans chase ‘more tangible’ format

The Netflix empire: Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) takes tea in an image from the third season of royal drama ‘The Crown’, due in 2019.

Q&A: The ‘n’ in ‘Faang’ has not had the best start to the week, but is it just a wobble?

Large ensemble cast: Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan at the launch of the Audiovisual Action Plan in June. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A single minister for culture, media and digital sectors would be logical and helpful

Geraldine O’Leary, group head of commercial for RTÉ

Commercial boss Geraldine O’Leary ‘running fast’ to help broadcaster recover after €6.7m hit to income in 2017

Final destination: A BA Boeing 747 comes in to land at Heathrow on Monday. Photograph: Toby Melville / Reuters

Planet Business: All the latest restaurant news from McDonald’s to the Red Hen

Champions League panellist Graeme Souness and TV3 sports presenter Sinéad Kissane at TV3’s Upfront event in Dublin. TV3 is rebranding to Virgin  Media Television from the autumn. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

‘Literally a red letter day’ for the broadcaster as it begins countdown to new identity

Reinvention: Gillian Fitzpatrick, newly promoted publisher of Maximum Media’s Her and HerFamily.

Company promotes Gillian Fitzpatrick to publisher role for female-focused sites

Today FM’s new Sunday morning presenter Mario Rosenstock is a 20-year veteran of the station.

Sunday Business Show to run for last time this weekend

Instagram logo on display: The Facebook-owned social media brand has launched ‘IGTV’ for video content of up to one hour. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images

‘Television’ app IGTV should prove a popular marketing tool with celebrity-hiring brands

Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan.  Three reported a 51 per cent increase in data traffic since this time last year. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland’s ‘digital evolution’ is continuing at pace, says company’s CEO Robert Finnegan

The euro zone budget will be this big, explains French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke / Reuters.

Planet Business: Hellish job applications and John Flannery’s need of a lightbulb moment

Contractor review at RTÉ’s Montrose campus in Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

New policy promised after report finds ‘inconsistencies’ in hiring practices

How it works: All self-respecting modern newsroom keyboards are equipped with special “news” buttons that automatically generate popular stories. Image: iStock.

Confusion abounds about newsroom practices, but then again, why wouldn’t it?

In a note to staff the company said: ‘The Irish Times looks forward to meeting and working with all staff and their representatives to discuss the acquisition.’

Ministerial approval was final necessary regulatory clearance

An attendee at the CeBIT tech fair in Hanover, Germany, buries himself in a ball pit at the IBM stand. Photograph: Kriztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Planet Business: The time has come to bury yourself in balls

Core chief digital officer Aisling Blake: “Influencer marketing hasn’t quite been a free-for-all, but it hasn’t been regulated the way that other messaging has been regulated.”

Advertising group brings in formal system for now ‘mainstream’ marketing practice

Only 28% of Irish people understand how Facebook determines which news stories to show users. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

‘Concerning’ digital literacy levels prove need for lifelong media education, event hears

Changes to Facebook’s algorithms that saw the platform give lower priority to news content in its users’ news feeds is a main reason for the decline, the Reuters Institute says.

Rising use of Snapchat and WhatsApp for news, particularly among younger groups

The inquiry into defunct lender Irish Nationwide Building Society continues. Photograph: Alan Betson

Stan Purcell did not read minutes of society’s key credit committee, inquiry hears

People take a picture front of a banner Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Saransk. Photograph:Juan Barreto/Getty Images

China comes to the rescue of Russia 2018, as queue shortens for pitch-side ‘wallpaper’

RTÉ’s new group head of drama and comedy Shane Murphy, who will take up the role in August.

Broadcaster hires London-based executive Shane Murphy for newly-created role

Guaranteed Irish chief executive Bríd O’Connell said people have a “nostalgic feeling” for the symbol. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Comeback plotted for symbol once synonymous with well-known Irish brands

A protester in  a pill-shaped costume demonstrates against Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto by German chemicals firm Bayer outside the World Conference Centre  in Bonn. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Planet Business: The week in hashtags, numbers, lists and robot pics

Mike Bloomberg at Bloomberg on  Harcourt Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Interview: Former New York mayor on preaching and paying for health and climate action

To boldly go: a clapperboard for the CBS series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, shown on Netflix outside the US and Canada. PwC expects sharp growth in video-on-demand subscription revenue. Photograph: Jan Thijs/CBS

‘Pace of change will only accelerate’ and digital ‘tipping point’ is imminent, says PwC

“Fearless Girl”, an award-winning 2017 advertisement for State Street, which was later accused of hypocrisy after its equal pay record emerged. Photograph: William Volcov/Getty Images

Peak ‘pink’ has passed, but advertisers remain proud sponsors of gender stereotypes

Something in my AI: L’Oréal’s robot zooms in with some mascara at the VivaTech trade fair in Paris. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

Planet Business: In other news, Papua New Guinea takes Facebook break we all deserve

Working at marriage. Photograph: iStock.

CSO analysis gives new meaning to the phrase ‘married to the job’

Uncertain times: the loss-making Sky News. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

What will happen to everyone’s favourite rolling news channel amid takeover wars?

The GAA and AIB has signed a deal “that everybody is happy with”, says the bank’s chief marketing officer, Tom Kinsella. Photograph: Sam Barnes/SportsFile

Bank agrees ‘deal that everybody is happy with’ and says it won’t ‘get in the way’ of fans

The #MeToo movement has prompted the rise of the hashtag #PayMeToo. Photograph: iStock

Mercer study finds companies are yet to conduct pay audits ahead of reporting law

Savills’ Skyline Survey estimates developers want to add  12 million square feet of  office space in the capital by the end of 2021, enough space for 120,000 workers.

Just half of office construction due by end of 2021 likely to be delivered, says Savills report

People sit out in  the warm weather in Dublin’s Merrion Square  last week. It should  be a good summer for the economy (if not weather-wise), Bank of Ireland forecasts. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Housing, inflation and Brexit create the biggest clouds in otherwise upbeat outlook

Stripe founders Patrick and John Collison. Lobbying returns for January-April show John Collison met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “to discuss technology policy”. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Planning processes and digital education on tech companies’ minds, register shows

Trade hiccups: EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström speaks with Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys at a Brussels meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP

Planet Business: The rise of Stacey Cunningham, the fall of Aussie house prices

Press ombudsman  Peter Feeney and Seán Donlon, chairman of the Press Council. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Vital that governments and EU act on unaccountable power of tech giants, says Donlon

Be One Inspire One event attendees cited unconscious bias and failure to be credited for work done among their concerns in relation to equality in the workplace.

Unusual passions and unconscious bias on the menu of topics at ‘Irish Times’ breakfast

Mick Jagger during the Rolling Stones gig at Croke Park: Musicians can’t always get what they want when it comes to political use of their songs. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

No track is safe from appropriation by political campaigns

Image of the week:  A performer in the Russian World Cup host city of Saransk uses traditional bast shoes to show photographers how football would once have been played. Photograph: Mladen Antonov / AFP / Getty

Planet Business: A billionaire’s sailing dispute and the ads censured for risky driving

Former INBS managing director Michael Fingleton, who is representing himself at the inquiry. Photograph: Alan Betson

Central Bank inquiry into alleged lending breaches continues

TV3 Group managing director Pat Kiely  said the station was “not looking for handouts” and did not need them. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Virgin-owned broadcaster calls for more transparency and industry collaboration

Carrie (Claire Danes) from ‘Homeland’, which costs US network Showtime a reported $3 million (€2.5 million) per episode to make and which is shown on RTÉ2 for €5,000 an hour.

Here are more ‘differentials’ for the Public Accounts Committee to consider

RTÉ2 shows such as “Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope” may soon be shown on a +1 channel

Regulator is reviewing addition of RTÉ2 +1 to broadcaster’s line-up

Image of the week: May Day in Jakarta. Jakarta was one of the cities around the world to mark May 1st with a protest for workers’ rights. Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters.

Planet Business: in May Day week, some people are ‘in the money’, others not so much

The State-owned broadcaster sold 8.64 acres of its Montrose campus to Cairn Homes for a gross figure of €107.5m in a deal completed last July. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster’s net gain will be ‘significantly less’ than €107.5m price tag

Governments have failed to address challenges facing newspapers, broadcasting and digital media, the NUJ says. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘Political courage’ needed as industry suffers from ‘multi-dimensional’ crisis, union says

Newstalk and TV3 current affairs presenter Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Newstalk and TV3 presenter’s pay from company down 50% on previous year

Helen Boaden’s report outlines how RTÉ’s orchestras have been constrained and left ‘demoralised’ by budget cuts. Photograph: Conor McCabe

Helen Boaden’s report reveals treatment of orchestras that is counter-productive

Lisa McGee, creator and writer of Channel 4 hit ‘Derry Girls’ was recognised as a rising star at a television industry dinner at the Irish embassy in London.

Embassy dinner attended by executives from RTÉ, TV3, BBC, Sky and Channel 4

Handshake diplomacy: German chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto hang out with a robot on the IBG Automation stand at Hanover tech fair. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Planet Business: On the menu this week, a Titanic lunch and the pizza boss going all in

Neal Davies at the offices of BBDO Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

‘Underdog’ Neal Davies leads the agency with clients from Lidl to Diageo to the Referendum Commission

Ryan Tubridy has lost 32,000 listeners over the past year, while Ray D’Arcy has lost 21,000, the latest figures show. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Ivan Yates lifts Newstalk to its highest national share, latest ratings show

Robert Senior, the new chairman of Irish ad agency Boys and Girls, is a co-founder of Cadbury gorilla-creator Fallon London.

Dublin creative agency snags former Saatchi & Saatchi boss for non-executive role

Michael Fingleton arriving at the Irish Nationwide inquiry in February. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Auditors KPMG can’t ‘wash their hands’ of management failures, inquiry hears

Google has revamped Gmail on the web, adding a “snooze” button, “Smart Reply” and a confidential mode. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Tech company revamps web version of email service to help people ‘do more’ within inbox

The proposed acquisition of the “Irish Examiner” by The Irish Times DAC has been cleared by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and will now be referred to the Minister for Communications for approval on media plurality grounds.

Newspaper acquisition’s impact on media plurality due to be considered by Minister

Many UK-based television channels that broadcast into Europe are expected to relocate to Ireland after Brexit. Photograph: iStock

BAI-commissioned report says UK ‘opt-out’ channels taking a huge chunk of ad revenue

The “little lab” set up by former Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Ex-Yahoo boss has a ‘little lab’ for a big question: how consumer media can use AI

Flying with Kite: Sky head of entertainment Phil Edgar-Jones.  The broadcaster has chosen Kite Entertainment, makers of Gogglebox Ireland and Ireland’s Got Talent, to develop a show to be broadcast on Sky 1

‘Gogglebox Ireland’ maker Kite sets up writers’ room to develop scripted series

John Feehan also oversaw  four successful British & Irish Lions tours. Photograph: Getty

Dubliner presided over period of strong growth for championship

A bow-tied Bill Gates arrives at a London business banquet, all in the name of his foundation’s bid to eradicate malaria. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Planet Business: Martin Sorrell’s golden goodbye and Bill Gates’s hopeful outlook

Shazam for tickets: Paul Simon, who plays the RDS Arena in July, seem performing at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival. Photograph: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Audio recognition app teams up with music station for mobile-led campaign

 US Open champion Sloane Stephens pictured en route to her victory in the women’s singles in New York last September. Photograph: Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images.

Fans in Ireland and UK will need Prime Video subscription to watch tournament

Aimée Madden of Clinishift, winner of the 2018 Bolton Trust / PwC Innovation Awards, pictured with PwC managing partner Feargal O’Rourke (left), Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Bolton Trust chairman John Lauder.

Company behind hospital software that allocates overtime shifts receives €10,000 prize

Carbery said it was able to pay a leading milk price to its supplier shareholders during 2017. Photograph: iStock

Cork-based firm says growth achieved across dairy, nutrition and taste platforms

'INM can either sit back and wait for the stranglehold of Big Tech to implode, or it can start chasing consumers for subscription income.' Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Special circumstances have applied to the group since 2012 due to its largest shareholder

Crime novelist Jo Spain is writing ‘Taken Down’, an RTÉ drama produced by Suzanne McAuley’s Spiral Pictures.

Six-part series ‘Taken Down’ by novelist Jo Spain has been awarded BAI funding

A tie-wearing Mark Zuckerberg gets the press horde treatment on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Planet Business: A week of more Brexit ‘b******s’ enlivened by Zuck’s trip to Capitol Hill

Brand amplification: 3Arena chief executive Mike Adamson with Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan and chief commercial officer Elaine Carey. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Telecoms group says it will turn Live Nation music venue ‘smart’ under new 10-year deal

Digital gains: IAB Ireland chief executive Suzanne McElligott (left) with IAB chairman Shane Nolan and PwC partner Dervla McCormack. Photograph: Lensmen Photography

Despite slowing growth, online’s fortunes remain on separate path to traditional media

A group of BBC journalists attend a hearing into gender pay, in support of Carrie Gracie, who resigned  as BBC China editor in January. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas

This type of transparency legislation, like any other, should be welcomed by journalists

Get them out to vote: the first stage of the campaign will focus on asking people to visit the checktheregister.ie website and to add their names to the register. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Your vote means everything,’ Referendum Commission tells public

Trading hit: Spotify makes its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Planet Business: This week we’re in a New York state of mind

Strategem founder Keith Lee with Connelly Partners managing partner Courtney Doyle. Mr Lee said the new roles would be across advertising, client services, data, technology, content and shopper marketing.

Boston-based Connelly Partners will rebrand its digital-focused Dublin acquisition

Licence fee reform takes even longer than the dramatic pauses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’, made for RTÉ by Shinawil. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish public service media is in ‘deep trouble’, and yet a rate increase is never considered

Mocha mountain: paper coffee cups wait to be recycled at James Cropper’s specialist recycling plant in Kendal, UK. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Planet Business: Meet the lottery winner who chose weekly pay over a lump sum

Communicorp Media welcomed the finding that no compliance issues had arisen from the ban in the context of its contracts with the BAI. Photograph: The Irish Times

Broadcasting regulator to introduce plurality policy and revise ownership and control policy

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