Caitríona Ní Chualáin, presenter of TG4 programme for primary school children Cúla4 ar Scoil, which began in April when schools were closed.

Allocation follows announcement of €3.5m increase in broadcaster’s 2021 funding

 Claudia Jessie (L) and Nicola Coughlan in Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’. Photograph: Liam Daniel/Netflix

Disney+ and Netflix will come bearing gifts for subscribers on December 25th

INM papers, including The Herald, on display.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Print edition to continue despite Covid-19 hit, but group will ‘not be investing’ in website

Thai Airways pilot Akarapol Apanant demonstrates the controls as visitors to the airline’s flight simulator look on. Photograph: Sakchai Lalit/AP

Planet Business: Miss flying? Thai Airways has an almost perfect solution

Debenhams worker Siobhán Taylor pictured on Tuesday outside the back stock entrance into the former Dublin city centre store. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

KPMG had agreed to warn Mandate of plans to pack or remove items from Dublin store

Retail Excellence  said the budget  “delivered some reassurance to concerned retailers”. Photograph: iStock

Chambers Ireland says lack of urban recovery plan and failure to invest in affordability of childcare ‘missed opportunities’

In 2019, TG4 increased its share of television viewing to 1.84 per cent, making it the sixth most-watched channel in the Republic.

Budget 2021: Additional €3.5m brings broadcaster’s allowance to €40.7m

Guardian News & Media’s ‘find clarity’ ad in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Kinetic Ireland.

‘Find clarity’ message used to promote weekly product in the two European capitals

Strictly Come Dancing’s professional dancers in a pre-recorded group dance. Photograph: BBC

With audiences stuck at home, every break from contagious anxiety helps

BAI chairman Pauric Travers: Authority’s strategy statement may not be required for three years. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Functions may transfer to Media Commission if Government plan goes ahead

Queues forming outside Smyths toy shop in Carrickmines, Dublin, last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘Bullish’ companies now seeking to spend marketing budgets put on pause in March

US actor Tom Cruise  wears a face mask on the set of the next Mission Impossible film in Rome. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/ AFP

Planet Business: A diamond of a bargain

Greencastle said the coming months would see “significant investment in the organisation” and identified its data and insights division as a priority. Image: iStock

Maximum Media company will be renamed following deal

Communicorp Media’s incoming chief executive Simon Myciunka.

Radio group’s commercial director will succeed Adrian Serle

Gogglebox Ireland’s Dale and Dawn watch the week’s TV highlights and lowlights for the Virgin Media Television show, commissioned from the independent sector.

Letter from Bill Malone to Dee Forbes says RTÉ ‘regularly seeks to poach’ Virgin staff

Joe Higgins from BGF (left) pictured with CPM chief executive Patrick Byrnes, CPM director Paddy Byrnes and CPM chairman Michael Maher. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

First investment in Munster for venture capital firm

Minister for Media Catherine Martin: Her department found another €2m for the Sound & Vision fund in the July stimulus. Photograph: Alan Betson

Reform of Sound & Vision fund would help some, but on its own would lack ambition

Alternatives founder  Sandra Lawlor: she said marketers were working “harder than ever” despite changing roles, reduced pay and the challenges of working with remote teams and often smaller budgets

Survey finds that despite remote challenges most do not want to return to pre-Covid employment set-up

Madison Avenue, New York, where retail space is very definitely available. The city has been devastated by 6,000 business closures. Photograph: Nina Westervelt/Bloomberg

Planet Business: Brave moves and unforgettable experiences

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: He appeared in person before the Oireachtas committee after sound quality issues on his virtual link. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Speedier introduction of wage subsidies makes ‘a big difference’, committee hears

Orla Brady stars in The South Westerlies, currently airing on RTÉ One. The series is among the television dramas that have been supported by Screen Ireland.

Agency has announced details of how it will allocate €3m awarded in July stimulus

A near-empty Grafton Street in Dublin in April. A modest rise in consumer spending plans in September may have been helped by discounting and the drop in VAT. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish people ‘struggling to make sense’ of economic picture, finds KBC Bank Ireland

Photograph: Alan Betson

Smiley political photoshoots won’t compensate for underfunding of public transport

Central Bank deputy governor, prudential regulation, Ed Sibley: ‘Everyone is experiencing the pandemic in a different way.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Deputy governor Ed Sibley calls for proper engagement on issue to prevent groupthink

Canal plus film: Attendees in canoes at the Gowanus Dredgers paddle-in movie in Brooklyn, New York, on September 19th. Photograph: Paul Frangipane/Bloomberg

Planet Business: Constructive discussions all round

Imperial approval: Operation Transformation presenter Kathryn Thomas pictured before the pandemic with aspiring weight-loss leaders from the most recent series. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Complaint about pandemic film swearing on Radio 1 arts show also rejected by BAI

The crowd at the 3Arena for a Lewis Capaldi concert in March, one of the last events to take place at the venue before Covid-19 forced the industry to shut down. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Culture isn’t all about public subsidies – brands’ cash will be critical to the recovery too

Leslie Buckley, the former chairman of Independent News & Media. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Judge rules former chairman Leslie Buckley’s opposition ‘not well founded’

Boris Johnson listens to Ed Miliband attacking him with his best contemptuously sulky face. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit/AFP

Planet Business: The descent continues

Competition winners Maria Mulcahy and Peter McGovern of Henry J Lyons Architects present their winning designs, alongside Department of Foreign Affairs secretary general Niall Burgess (centre)

Winning entry in international competition is ‘welcoming and vibrant symbol of Ireland’

Niamh Damery, of the University of Limerick, national winner of the James Dyson Award

Niamh Damery hopes ‘Econooc’ hive will raise awareness of declining bee population

Two-thirds of employers also said they supported the Government in examining the feasibility of a four-day week. Photograph: iStock

Shorter working week, with no loss of pay, is supported by majority of adults

The RTÉ marketing campaign, which begins on Wednesday night, will seek to draw a clear distinction between the work of Irish reporters and ‘the noise out there’

Advertisements stress importance of accurate news during Covid-19 crisis

TikTok: Swipe up for more. Photograph: Yan Cong/Bloomberg

Its business is being forced to splinter just as it seeks to cross from fad status to contender

Irish crisp brand Tayto moved up three places in the Checkout Top 100 Brands list.

Checkout Top 100 brands list shows no lack of love for crisps, chocolate and soft drinks

Employees of French water and waste giant Suez took to the Parisian streets on Tuesday to protest against Veolia’s bid for a stake in the company. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Planet Business: Recapping the week ‘in a very specific and limited way’

The figures for 2019 reflect the first full year of trading from the Irish Examiner and other publishing and radio assets acquired from Landmark Media Investments halfway through 2018

Decline in print sales and ad revenues offset by rise in digital subscriptions during pandemic

Both landline and mobile voice minutes increased in April-June 2020, as lockdown prompted a comeback for the telephone call. Photograph: iStock

Never mind Zoom – time spent on voice calls surged 19% in second quarter, says ComReg

Spotify is the leading audio streaming service in the Irish market. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Third of Irish people have experimented with digital audio since March, says Core

Dettol wants people to leave their houses and get out and about again, but not all if its advertising has gone down well. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

The brand’s clumsy ode to the workplace was so bad it was mistaken for Tory propaganda

The impact of prolonged public health restrictions on independent and small-scale retailers carries ‘the risk of accelerated urban dereliction’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Department of Business publishes reports on impact of crisis across 16 sectors

Room for one more? Vehicles are parked before being exported in Kawasaki, near Tokyo. Photograph: Kyodo News via AP

Planet Business: Dystopias come round pretty fast these days

Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh. The bank’s redundancy plan will have “serious ramifications” for both staff and services, says the FSU. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Union calls for bank to ‘engage meaningfully’ over redundancy proposal

US president Donald Trump speaks to the press on arrival in Morristown, New Jersey, on Friday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP

Chilling statements have been followed by an upsurge in physical assaults on journalists

Virgin Media Ireland withdrew its sports channels from Eir on Thursday, ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter final between Atletico Madrid and Leipzig. Photograph: Miguel A. Lopes/AFP

Dispute between telecoms rivals flares up as postponed European football reaches climax

Freight in Dublin Port. Medical and pharma products accounted for 39 per cent of goods exports in  June. Photograph: Alan Betson

Medical and pharma products accounted for almost 40% of goods shipped in June

Cures welcome: French economy and finance Minister Bruno Le Maire  in a souvenir shop near the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Planet Business: Unedifying chapters all round

In April, housing completions were 72.7 per cent lower than they had been in the same month in 2019. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Covid-19 site shutdowns lead to first year-on-year decrease since 2013

His Dark Materials: Dafne Keen and Simone Kirby struggle to find anything decent to watch on TV. Photograph: Bad Wolf/BBC

Disruption leaves a legacy of frustrated reunions, ditched episodes and ruined castles

In this London restaurant, bears are used to reinforce the need for diners to socially distance. Photograph: Zizou Hammoudi/PA Wire

Planet Business: Indirect communication styles only

The company behind video app TikTok plans to open a data centre in Ireland. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Traffic congestion scenes such as this one on the M11 were absent during lockdown, with motor insurance claims falling. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Universal Pictures’ deal with Odeon cinemas owner AMC will see big movies available for home audiences much sooner than they have been in the past. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP

Universal’s deal with Odeon owner AMC has redrawn the architecture of the business

The return of Champions League and Europa League is bringing advertisers back to Virgin Media. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

Broadcaster eyes return of sport, new Paul Mescal drama and push into podcasts

Ryanair executive Eddie Wilson gave politicians a stark warning this week.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Final wheel: Spectators at a drive-in cinema for bicycles  in Witten, western Germany. Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP.

Planet Business: Cycling to the pictures, pandemic-style

The clattery cafe: Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Phased reopening of famous Dublin cafe to begin with coffee and bakery service only

Justin McCarthy, editor and chief executive of the Irish Farmers Journal. Photograph: Alan Betson

Circulation of the agricultural newspaper has unexpectedly swollen since the crisis

Normal People broke records on the RTÉ Player. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/BBC

Legacy of Covid-19 habits could be accelerated take-up of video-on-demand

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and European Council president Charles Michel practice their elbow bump. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/AP

Planet Business: Let’s not get going

Désirée Finnegan, Screen Ireland chief executive: “When the pandemic hit, we had to stop and reconfigure everything that we were doing.”

Interview: CEO of film, TV and animation agency explains changed focus since Covid-19

Instagram’s logo: the Facebook-owned app is set to launch a TikTok rival called Reels.

Evolution of the Facebook-owned platform is far from over

French president Emmanuel Macron is the most ardent advocate of a €750 billion European  recovery fund. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

A droplet in the ocean: police drones fly over the Areas beach in northwestern Spain. Photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP

Planet Business: British Airways move to sell off its art isn’t an original

Space Force, starring Steve Carell, has been watched by 40 million households, according to Netflix.

Streaming company does not expect stellar sign-up rate to last

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Ageing population will pose long-term pressure on State finances, warns watchdog Ifac.

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from The Irish Times business desk

Cloudy skies and a leap for freedom near Malin Head, as seen in Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Make a break for it’ campaign.

Fáilte Ireland wants us to ‘make a break for it’, but nervousness remains high

The pandemic has been Christmas for fraudsters

‘Smishing’, fake charities and parcel delivery wheezes have all done the rounds

Rachel Weisz in The Favourite: Element Pictures commissioned the script for the Oscar-nominated film using a slate funding scheme that was later axed. Photograph: Fox Searchlight

Film and TV industry’s R&D funding was a casualty of the 2008 financial crisis

A family jumps for joy near Malin Head in Fáilte Ireland’s ‘make a break for it’ campaign

Fáilte Ireland will promote post-lockdown holidays in new €2.5m campaign

Shops have reopened but these are uncertain, unusual times for consumers and retailers alike. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A fragile year for consumers and retailers alike could encourage new habits

The draft programme for government contains ‘interesting stuff’ for the media, says the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Photograph: iStock.

Draft programme for government has revived hopes of new minister for media role

Taking public transport was top of the list of things people were not looking forward to. Some 25 per cent are not looking forward to again meeting people they don’t like. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

One-third of Irish people feel sadder since Covid-19 restrictions, survey reveals

The media gathers to hear from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Dublin West election count in February. Photograph: Tom Honan

RTÉ and Irish Times among most trusted; BBC more highly regarded here than in UK

Despite Covid-19 lesson, social protection for illness is low by European standards

Users who say “Alexa, start Switch on CRU” or “Hey Google, start Switch with CRU” will be able to pursue a conversation with their smart speakers about energy savings, safety and switching. Photograph: iStock

Commission launches first campaign of its kind using Google Home and Alexa devices

Virgin Media Television head of news and sport Mick McCaffrey: ‘In normal times, you would never consider putting news up against RTÉ’s Six-One.’ Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

TikTok and Instagram in Virgin’s sights as TV bulletins receive Covid-19 surge

Irish 18-24-year-olds say social media is their main way of consuming news. Photograph: Peter Byrne / PA

Report finds interest in the news among Irish people aged 18-24 has declined

RTÉ Radio 1 will be led by Peter Woods from July 1st.

New boss says it is a privilege to lead the station

Are consumers saving themselves on bank charges by avoiding the ATM?

As the way we handle our money changes, cards and digital wallets have room to grow

Only 4 per cent of events businesses believe they can ensure distancing guidelines are followed for events of 5,000 attendees and above. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Wave of permanent closures likely without urgent supports, says Event Industry Ireland

Rachel Millar, a 24-year-old midwife from Coagh, near Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was one of three women chosen to front the latest edition of Vogue

Laura Slattery: Consumer titles have innovated, but a crisis lurks

Glamour editor-in-chief Samantha Barry (right) with  Condé Nast US artistic director and Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at the 2019 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Photograph: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Documentary about Cork woman’s editorship of magazine airs on RTÉ on Monday

Fair City filming before Covid-19 lockdown: Shooting a scene in the fictional Carrigstown - on the RTÉ campus. Photograph: Eric Luke

Shows from Fair City to Succession try to navigate new shooting rules after shutdown

Lenders must ‘engage sympathetically and positively’ with customers, said Derville Rowland, director-general of financial conduct at the Central Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Derville Rowland says regulatory focus remains unchanged

Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan celebrate winning silver in the lightweight men’s double sculls final at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Tokyo 2020 was meant to be a defining moment for the broadcaster

Almost 80,000 mortgage borrowers have availed of industry-wide Covid-19 payment breaks since they were first announced on March 18th. Photograph: iStock.

Emergency deferral of payments will add to the total cost of a loan

Director Lenny Abrahamson, one of the mentors in a new Screen Skills Ireland scheme, is pictured on the set of Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe / Element Pictures / BBC.

Film and television production can resume from June 29th, though delays are expected

‘We have suddenly moved from the 19th-century model to a 21st-century one, and we are skipping a whole 100 years.’ Photograph: Getty

‘E-working’ has exploded but Revenue, employers and law have yet to catch up

‘We know there’s even more to figure out,’ says Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek. Image: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Even before the crisis, artists had a right to be fed up with paltry recorded music earnings

A photograph posted to Leo Varadkar’s Twitter account showing him in a virtual meeting last month with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella

Virtual meetings set to become the norm as Covid-19 restricts face-to-face contact

ClonBio Group’s biorefinery on the banks of the Danube in Hungary.

Ethanol prices rose last year, but Covid-19 impact means transport use has declined this year

Dr Loretta O’Sullivan, group chief economist, Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘Nobody is losing the run of themselves’ but they see light ahead, says Bank of Ireland

 Grafton Street: In the most benign scenario, household spending will drop by close to 12 per cent this year, ESRI predicts.    Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

ESRI warns revenue could plunge by one-third under second Covid-19 lockdown

Sky Media Ireland’s Malcolm Murray. Photograph: Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography.

Small companies can apply to run free targeted campaign using AdSmart technology

Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) in Normal People. Photograph: Enda Bowe / BBC / Element.

Hit drama made for BBC and Hulu has been sold worldwide by distributor Endeavor

The sudden drop in markets as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded prompted some people to move their money from cash deposits to investment options that might, just might, yield better returns. Photograph:  EPA/ Kimimasa Mayama

Stock market flutters should never be made lightly

Television news audiences are among those that have increased since the crisis began, but the effect might be wearing off. Photograph: iStock

There are signs that the coronavirus-led surge in news consumption is levelling off

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