ArchiveJuly, 2011

Sky to share F1 with BBC

Sky Sports and the BBC are to share live rights to Formula 1 as part of a six-year deal that allows Sky to broadcast every race. Sky will screen live high-definition coverage of every race in the 2012 to 2018 seasons, resulting in considerable savings for the BBC, which will broadcast half of the F1 fixtures. […]

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Radio report bad news for Tubridy

His new BBC show may have got off to a lively start but Ryan Tubridy’s morning show on 2fm weekdays continues to lose audience. The latest JNLR survey by Ipsos mrbi indicates the two-hour show which Tubridy took over from Gerry Ryan recorded a drop of 16,000 listeners in the 12 months from July last […]

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Connacht Rugby secures Mazda

Mazda has replaced Bank of Ireland as shirt sponsor of Connacht Rugby after 14 years. While no details have been disclosed, the deal is understood to exceed the €100,000 annual fee the bank paid out. The deal will see the use of Mazda cars for Connacht players and club officials, a report in today’s Irish […]

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Energia to sponsor The Business

Energy provider Energia has replaced Friends First as sponsor of RTE Radio 1’s The Business. The move is part of a €1 million rebranding investment as Energia drops its Virdian Power identity. Energia Supply will replace the existing Energia brand and Energia Renewables will replace the group’s renewables business. Eco Wind Power and Energia Generation […]

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TV3 cancels Unicef fundraiser following Verwoerd sacking

TV3 has confirmed it has cancelled a fundraiser telethon event for Unicef as a result of Melanie Verwoerd’s dismissal from her job as chief executive of Unicef Ireland, the Evening Herald reports. The telethon, due to air on TV3 in October, was expected to raise substantial funds for the children’s charity. TV3 was negotiating a […]

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Ryanair in green U-turn

Low fare airline Ryanair plans to radically change its tack on global warming by launching its first green campaign and promoting itself as a low emissions carrier. The move will see Ryanair use the green message in its winter online and print campaigns in tandem with its tried and trusted price-led strategy. Ryanair chief executive […]

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Irish International lands Aer Lingus

Irish International has won the Aer Lingus creative account after a four-way contest with Cawley NeaTBWA, DDFH&B-JWT and Publicis QMP. The win sees the national carrier return to the Sandymount agency after some years being handled by Rothco, Dave Cowzer’s Darkhorse and London agency VCCP. Elsewhere, Publicis QMP has won the RTE creative account in […]

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Ruddy to join legal firm

John Ruddy has resigned as Checkout editor and is set to join Dublin solicitors firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice (MOP) as communications manager. Ruddy joined the magazine four years ago from PR firm Gibney Communications. In a final editorial, he wrote that for close to 40 years, Checkout has been “the key publication for the Irish grocery […]

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Murdoch focuses on Saturday Sun

On the day that Rupert and James Murdoch faced questions from the media committee into the News International hacking scandal at Westminster, the beleaguered newspaper group has decided to adopt a strategy which sees it diverting a large part of its £7.8 million marketing spend to the Saturday edition of the Sun in a bid […]

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Liverpool game kicks off season

Setanta Sports have confirmed their first 13 Barclays Premier League fixtures starting with Liverpool’s match against Sunderland at 3pm on Saturday, August 13. In the first few weeks of the new season, Setanta will show four Manchester United and three Liverpool games, including Everton v Man United, Man United v Sunderland, Man United v Newcastle […]

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Brunker for celebrity GAA role

Following her less than auspicious and no doubt humbling singing debut on stage at Oxegen, Amanda Brunker has been confirmed by RTE as being among the line-up for the next series of Celebrity Bainisteoir. The 37-year-old former model/Sunday World columnist/chicklit writer/actor/TV host and home furnishings and slimming product endorser will be part of the fourth […]

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Publicis Media profits down 19%

Pretax profits at Publicis Media dropped 19 per cent to €696,116 last year as turnover decreased by 5.4 per cent to €94.2m in the year to the end of June 2010, accounts filed with the Companies Office indicate. A report in today’s Irish Times claims the results show that operating profit fell by 40 per […]

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Mr Tayto promotes park in 3D

Ireland’s top snack food brand Tayto is running a new TV, cinema and social media campaign to promote its theme park in Co Meath. Shot in 3D, the ad sees Mr Tayto taking on the high ropes, tackling the totem poles and braving the park’s attractions. For the first time, the cartoon character is blended […]

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