ArchiveJune, 2011

RTE scoops world radio award

RTÉ Radio has been honoured with the prestigious broadcaster of the year award at the 2011 New York Festivals Radio Awards. From 183 finalists spanning 26 countries, the New York Festivals’ grand jury selected RTÉ Radio as the overall winner. This is the first time in the New York Festivals’ 54-year history that an Irish […]

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Honesty in sports books crucial

Sports stars should not produce autobiographies early in their careers as they have little to say and what appears in print is insignificant and insulting to readers’ intelligence, a discussion on the best sports books of all time heard. Speaking at the Dalkey Book Festival, horse trainer and broadcaster Ted Walsh (pictured) said anyone writing […]

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Brian Lenihan accused of causing most damage to Ireland

Former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan caused more damage to Ireland than any other politician in the entire history of the State aside from terrorists, writer and journalist Bruce Arnold told a talk at the Dalkey Book Festival. The panel discussion, entitled ‘Fianna Freefall’, also included broadcaster and newspaper columnist Vincent Browne and was chaired by festival […]

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Keenan dismayed by lack of progress in Middle East conflict

Writer Brian Keenan has expressed his disappointment at the lack of progress in moves to try and resolve the Middle East conflict and said the problem was more than “pernicious little land grabs” by Israel. The US was paying out millions of dollars in support and is using a culture of victimhood to pursue its […]

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Michael Hayes laid to rest

Well-known former advertising agency executive and college lecturer Michael Hayes has died after a series of illnesses. He started his career with the Southern Star in Skibbereen, Co Cork, before joining Clery’s. He moved to the agency side to become a space buyer in Arks’ media department in 1956. A year later, Arks helped launch […]

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Dennis hailed as adland hero

DIT graduate Sinead Dennis has won the inaugural title of IAPI One to Watch and a place at the international summer school of advertising in Barcelona in July. The school in Spain will include workshops held by Paul Burns, Saatchi & Saatchi, Mickey Denehy, Gurdeep Puri and Steve Henry, creative director of HHCL. Sinead Dennis, right, with […]

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Oxegen screen ads still available

With the countdown to the biggest music festival of the year, Oxegen 2011, well and truly under way, Independent Star-owned Event Media still has a limited number of screen advertising packages available for the three day event running at Punchestown from Friday, July 8th. Coldplay perform at Oxegen on Sunday July 10th Packages range from […]

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Grayling wins Allianz Worldwide Care

The Dublin office of public relations agency Grayling has been appointed by Allianz Worldwide Care (AWC) to co-ordinate its European programme with a particular focus on markets in the UK, France, Holland and Switzerland. AWC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Allianz Group, which provides international health insurance for employees, individuals and their dependents, regardless of […]

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RTE presenters face major pay cuts

The salaries of RTE’s top presenters are to be cut by over 30 per cent from their peak in 2008, Noel Curran, director general, RTE, writes in an article in today’s Irish Times. Curran said reducing the salaries of the station’s top broadcasters is part of a process to make up a projected €34 million […]

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France issues social media warnings

Radio and TV stations in France which refer audiences to Twitter and Facebook by name are breaching the nation’s media laws and risk fines if they fail to comply. A spokesperson for France’s media regulator said broadcasters can refer their audiences to social networking sites – but not by name. The regulator has warned that […]

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Ikea overcomes difficulties to report €11.4 million profit

Ikea has reported a €11.4 million pretax profit in his first year trading in the Republic with shoppers at its Dublin store spending over €2m a week on home furnishings. The family-owned Swedish chain said its first year of doing business in the Republic was “difficult” and had been “adversely affected” due to the downturn. […]

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Big response to TABS fundraiser

Agencies have reacted favourably to calls to support tonight’s TABS (The Advertising Benevolent Society) barbecue and fundraising quiz. MC John Gallen of Pierce Media reports that 16 of the 20 tables have been sold, with each table of four costing €100. Extra monies are expected to be generated by raffle ticket sales. TABS quiz members […]

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Come Dine With Me to start on TV3

The Irish version of the highly popular Channel 4 food reality show, Come Dine With Me gets underway on TV3 next Monday at 9pm. The series features five strangers who compete for a €1,000 cash prize by hosting dinner parties for each other over the course of a week. TV3 has been screening the UK […]

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