ArchiveSeptember, 2011

Whitaker joins McCann Erickson

Seán Whitaker, one of the top strategic planners in Irish advertising, has joined McCann Erickson as head of planning. Whitaker is credited as adopting and formalising the discipline of planning while working at Saatchi & Saatchi’s Dublin office in the Eighties and was central to a number of major accounts, not least Heineken. He went […]

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An Post to launch advice service

As part of its efforts to see SMEs develop marketing expertise, An Post will host a briefing in Croke Park next Wednesday to launch growmybusiness.ie. Attending the event will be Jacob Fruitfield founder Michael Carey, your local.ie boss Emer Jameson, Gary Brown of Target: McConnells and Simon Murray of Universal Graphics. Economist and broadcaster Marc […]

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RTE to replace publishing division

RTE Publishing is to be replaced by a new digital division and each of the TV, radio and news divisions will be responsible for their own online output, RTE director general Noel Curran (above) has said. The digital division will be phased in over time and will manage all merchandising and e-commerce activities on RTE.ie. […]

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City Channel to be wound up

A liquidator is to be appointed to City Channel, the local channel for Dublin, Galway and Waterford, and a creditors meeting to wind up the company will be held soon. City Channel was founded by broadcaster David Harvey (pictured left, with British comedian Philip Jupitus), best known as presenter of Crimeline on RTE. Harvey, who […]

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Pink Martini to debut at NCH

The 13-member Pink Martini orchestra from Portland Oregon will launch their UK and Ireland tour with two nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin next month. Fast becoming well-known for their interpretations of old Hollywood and French cafe music, Pink Martini crosses genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. The band have sold over […]

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Late Late figures up again

The viewing figures for RTE’s Late Late Show last Friday were up again after a poor start to the new season. Nielsen reports that 744,000 viewers tuned in to watch Ryan Tubridy interview Senator David Norris discuss his renewed hopes to rejoin the presidential race, actor John Hurt and Celebrity Big Brother Paddy Doherty. The […]

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Starcom grabs two golds at Sharks

For the first time ever, media campaigns were honoured at the Sharks festival in Kinsale and six gold awards were presented. Starcom won two golds, one for SuperValu and a second for National Lottery’s EuroMillions. Carat won gold for Kellogg’s Field of Dreams, OMD for Renault Scrappage, Mediacom for Audi A1 and Vizeum for Powers […]

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Kelner for journalism awards

Former editor of the London Independent Simon Kelner will be the guest speaker at the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) first journalism awards at the end of next month. Kelner, 53, became editor of the Independent in 1998 and served as editor, editor-in-chief and for a short time was the newspaper’s managing director. During his […]

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BMW to make Irish debut

The first BMW TV commercial conceived, produced and filmed in Ireland breaks on RTE2 on Saturday morning at half time during Ireland’s Rugby World Cup clash with Australia. The ad was created by a team at Chemistry comprising Emmet Wright, Adrian Fitzsimon and Rachel Carey and features a soundtrack by Gareth Averill. Shot in Dublin and […]

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Sponsorship diploma on course

The first professional sponsorship qualification has been launched by the European Sponsorship Association (ESA). Aimed mainly at sponsorship practitioners, the diploma will start next January. It will run for six months using a web distance learning platform. Onside Sponsorship’s John Trainor, the Irish delegate on the ESA board, said the web facility allows sponsorship executives […]

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Cogley accepts new TV3 role

Former RTE head of sport and Setanta co-founder and chief executive Niall Cogley has been appointed director of broadcast at TV3. Cogley joined TV3 last summer as broadcast events director to oversee the station’s coverage of this year’s Uefa Europa League final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. In his new role, Cogley will be […]

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Diageo adds new Smithwick's beer

Diageo has introduced a new Smithwick’s beer with the launch of Smithwick’s Pale Ale, the first addition to the brand since 1983. It is brewed using aromatic Amarillo hops, pale ale malt and the same yeast used in the traditional Smithwick’s ale. Last year the brand synonymous with Kilkenny celebrated 300 years of brewing. Diageo’s […]

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Improved app for Sharks

The organisers of this week’s Sharks festival in Kinsale have launched a new iPhone app providing delegates with up-to-date information about the weekend plus details on the town’s local restaurants, accommodation, pubs, transport, activities and useful numbers. The app was developed in-house by Windmill Lane Digital. Added features this year include a function that allows […]

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