Maneskin: Victoria De Angelis, Ethan Torchio, Damiano David and Thomas Raggi. Photograph: Valerio Mezzanotti/New York Times

When the rock group Maneskin won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, they were little known outside Italy. Then the competition catapulted the band i(...)

As a collection agent for the TV licence fee, An Post has failed, says European Broadcasting Union director-general Noel Curran. File photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

The questions being posed to and by the Future of Media Commission are at risk of becoming infinite in scope, but they can still be boiled down to how(...)

Donald Trump speaks to the press at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Monday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

In the outpouring of regard for Robert Fisk, who has died aged 74, journalists one or two generations younger have hailed the acclaimed foreign corres(...)

Lesley roy

A year without Eurovision: a reprieve for some sceptics, to be sure, but unthinkable for the annual song competition’s millions of fans, and for its p(...)

Ireland was due to be represented by the singer-songwriter Lesley Roy

Eurovision 2020 has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus threat. The European Broadcasting Union, which runs the song contest, said it had lo(...)

Noel Curran, who led the broadcaster until 2016,   said that ‘never before in Europe have we seen the concentration of such power and public reach in a few multinational, mainly US-owned, entities. It’s unprecedented.’  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former chiefs at RTÉ have called for “political leadership and direction” to solve the “dilemma” at the national broadcaster, as well as for urgent re(...)

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

Image of the week: Nebulous sequel For someone who repeatedly threatened/assured she would “deliver Brexit”, outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May h(...)

Madonna: the singer has entered a culture war about what pro-Palestinian advocates refer to as ‘apartheid Israel’

It’s not a scene you’ll see in Bohemian Rhapsody, but in 1985 Queen defied a UN ban and played a series of South African concerts in Sun City, the apa(...)

Glen Killane will report to director of sport Stefan Kürten and  lead the EBU’s new sport strategy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Former RTÉ and Eir executive Glen Killane has been named deputy director of sport at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The Irish television exec(...)

Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy performs ‘Together’ during the dress rehearsal for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018  in Lisbon. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

Having failed to make the final for four years, Ireland is, by the bookmakers’ calculations, the third favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in(...)

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