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Corrie and Emmerdale set to return to TV3


Two of Ireland’s most watched TV soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, are to return to TV3 from the start of December. The move follows Virgin Media’s announcement this week that it had received regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland. Upon final closing of this deal, the TV3 group will operate as a three-channel business. As […]

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Marketers’ breakfast talk just a week away


Places to hear the three finalists in this year’s Marketer of the Year awards address an industry breakfast hosted by The Irish Times on Tuesday, November 29, are being snapped up fast. The three finalists are Dervila McGarry, head of marketing, Aer Lingus, Adam Bacon, head of marketing, Vhi and Alina Ui Chaollai, marketing director, […]

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TV3 plans second series of Gogglebox


TV3 has commissioned a second series of the TV watchers favourite watchers show. Gogglebox Ireland has been on screens just shy of nine weeks and already the series has been a major talking point with the Tully Twins from Cavan, Tracie and Anita from The Liberties, The Gruffertys from Kildare and The Ryans from Limerick […]

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Minister to rule on INM’s Celtic deal

*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE *** DUBLIN : 21/7/2016 : Picture (l-r) were John Purcell, Chairman of IBI with Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten TD unveiling a plaque st the grand central bar on Dublin's o Connell street to commemorate the first radio broadcast in Ireland which took place to announce the Easter rising in 1916. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.MEDIA CONTACT :

Communications minister Denis Naughten has two months to decide whether or not to approve the proposed purchase of the Celtic Media Group (CMG) by Independent News & Media (INM) following the go-ahead from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. The minister must now consider the deal on the grounds of media plurality. He has to […]

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Virgin gets green light on UTV Ireland

Jennifer Buckley, Weather Presenter, UTV Ireland

Virgin Media has received regulatory and competition approval to acquire UTV Ireland for €10 million. The news follows Virgin’s purchase of TV3 last year. Pat Kiely (above), managing director, TV3, said the approval was good news for viewers and will support efforts to compete head-on with local and overseas competition, which would include RTE and […]

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IIBBDO rolls out Rugby World Cup bid


The IRFU has launched its bid for Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023. Irish International BBDO produced the film to support the launch. The agency’s creative director Mark Nutley said the ad is a brief history of an island and its people, now ready for the world. Title: Ready for the World   Advertiser: IRFU Product: […]

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UTV Ireland’s Celebrity audience up 17 per cent

Ant & DecÕs Saturday Night Takeaway is an ITV Studios production for ITVANT & DEC'S SATURDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY on Saturday 22 February 2014Picture shows: Ant & DecAward winning hosts Ant & Dec are back with their hugely popular entertainment series Ant & DecÕs Saturday Night Takeaway.The only series on TV that says ÔDonÕt just watch the ads Ð win them!Õ returns to the our screens with a host of brand new stunts, surprises and shocks for the studio audience and viewers at home.ÔAÕ list superstars will also be joining the fun live in the studio, but not even the biggest stars are safe as the Geordie duo lead some of their most ambitious celebrity set-ups.This series sees Ant & Dec attempt their most difficult Undercover to date, tricking close friend and fellow TV host Holly Willoughby.  Whilst This MorningÕs Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford take Ant & DecÕs lead in a brand new IÕm A Celebrity Get OutÉof Me Ear!Ashley Roberts will be back to challenge the pair to the ultimate duel in Ant V Dec, and whilst Little Ant and Dec may have already rubbed shoulders with Gerard Butler, Mila Kunis and Bruce Forsyth, this series will see them spring more cheeky questions on their new celebrity chums.One lucky member of the studio audience will also be given the chance to play for the contents of a commercial break in Win the Ads, with spectacular prizes including cars and holidays on offer.Each show will end in spectacular style as some of the world's biggest and best performers grace the Takeaway stage for a one-off performance that will come with its own unique surprise - you won't want to miss them!Last series saw Ant & Dec scale a 50ft tower, trick the worldÕs biggest boyband One Direction with their Undercover guises, join Spelbound for a special one off performance and top the UK charts with ÔLets Get Ready To RumbleÕ.
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The opening episode of I’m A Celebrity, which aired on UTV Ireland last night at 9pm, saw an average of 436,900 viewers tune in to the jungle antics, an increase of 17 per cent on last year’s launch show. The programme reached 688,600 viewers in total and was the second highest rating programme on UTV […]

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Three’s Christmas ad supports Barnardos


Three has unveiled its 2016 Christmas campaign which opens a new chapter in the story of ‘The Girl and the Cloud’ and through a marketing campaign involving a special charity partnership with the children’s charity Barnardos. Continuing on ‘The Perfect Surprise’ story, the animated ad was created by Boys and Girls, using Irish illustrator Mark Wickham. […]

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Jon Williams replaces Bakhurst at RTE News

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Following a public competition, RTÉ has appointed Jon Williams as managing director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs in place of Kevin Bakhurst who returned to the UK to become content director at Ofcom. Williams was managing editor of international news at ABC News in New York since March 2013, working on international news coverage […]

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Marketer finalists to give breakfast talk


            The three finalists in this year’s Marketer of the Year awards will address an industry breakfast hosted by The Irish Times on Tuesday, November 29. The three finalists are Dervila McGarry, head of marketing, Aer Lingus, Adam Bacon, head of marketing, Vhi and Alina Ui Chaollai, marketing director, Largo […]

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Penneys signs up to gift card scheme

10/11/2016 NO REPRO FEE Pictured is Michael Dawson, CEO of One4all Gift Cards, with top model Thalia Heffernan at the official announcement that Irish retailer Penneys is the latest brand to join One4all, Ireland's leading Gift Card company. The partnership means that shoppers can now redeem their One4all Gift Cards in Penneys stores nationwide. One4all Gift Cards is the market-leading, multi-retailer gift card and is currently accepted in store and online at over 8,000 stores nationwide. For more information, visit Photograph: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

One4all has signed up Penneys stores to its gift card scheme. The partnership is the first of its kind for the retailer and means that shoppers can now redeem the cards in 36 Pennys stores nationwide. Launched in Dublin in 1969, Primark-owned Penneys stocks clothes for youngsters, women and men, homeware, accessories, beauty products and […]

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Business Post sponsors Marian Finucane Show


RTE Radio 1’s top weekend radio programme, The Marian Finucane Show, will be sponsored by the Sunday Business Post for six months, RTÉ Media Sales has announced. The show is broadcast between 11am – 1pm every Saturday and Sunday. Latest JNLR figures show that it currently has 387,000 listeners on Saturdays and 322,000 on Sunday mornings. Brokered by Carat Ireland, the ‘six-figure deal’ includes eight […]

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Livewire lead backer of sponsorship awards

Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Sponsorship agency Livewire has acquired platinum support for this year’s Irish Sponsorship Awards being staged at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, November 23. The gala awards ceremony features 23 separate categories. Winners will be decided by judges drawn from across the sponsorship spectrum, including Ronan O’Donoghue, UTV Ireland, Lorraine Walsh, Laya Healthcare and Paul […]

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