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

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: current taxation system is ‘not fair’, she said. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

As tech giants mop up ad revenues, debate about their taxation is getting louder

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

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