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Friday deadline for magazine awards

Entries for the ninth annual Irish magazine awards organised by Magazines Ireland close this Friday, October 2nd. Awards co-ordinator Grace Aungier said the competition is aimed at rewarding the best Irish magazines on the market and the people behind them. Awards are made in various categories, including consumer, B2B, customer and annual magazines. Designers, editors, […]

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Printer questions marketers' overuse of agency services

The founder and managing director of a Dublin printing company has questioned the wisdom of Irish marketers who are facing huge pressure on budgets continuing to use a host of different agencies to “target the same bunch of people”. Colin Culliton of The Printed Image said: “Do companies which are struggling with vastly reduced marketing […]

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Ex-publisher advocates glossies debate "unhappy marriage"

Trevor White, former publisher of The Dubliner magazine, has called on Irish TV and filmmakers to consider making a documentary on the “unhappy marriage” between the editorial and advertising departments of a big glossy publication. White said it would be “engrossing” to see a documentary about the struggle between two magazines such as Image and […]

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O'Brien claims London titles costing INM €285 million

Businessman and media owner Denis O’Brien has fired another salvo in the latest battle for control of INM by accusing his fellow board members of allowing the Independent titles in the UK of drumming up costs of €285 million since the newspapers were first acquired in the mid-1990s. O’Brien, who owns a 26 per cent […]

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Ben Dunne signs up to The Irish Sun

Ben Dunne, the former Dunnes Stores director who now runs a chain of gyms and fitness clubs, is to write a weekly consumer column for The Irish Sun every Saturday. News International said the move was part of its ‘Value Campaign’ to help Irish consumers. Dunne has long been a colourful character in Irish media. […]

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Mail offers massive discount on page ad

Associated Newspapers Ireland is canvassing agencies this week with a one-off offer of €999 for a full page colour ad in the Irish Daily Mail next Wednesday – 9/9/09. Hazel Galbraith of OMD said the offer is a discount of over 90 per cent on the normal rate of €11,340. The Irish Daily Mail had […]

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O'Reilly denies INM examinership an option

Gavin O’Reilly, chief executive, Independent News & Media (INM), has ruled out a call made by group shareholder Denis O’Brien to appoint an examiner to INM as the group tries to sort out its debt problems after again defaulting on a €200 million bond payment. O’Reilly said examinership was “certainly a million miles away” from […]

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Former Irish footballers sign up for The Sun

Former Republic of Ireland players David O’Leary, Tony Cascarino and Joe Kinnear have joined The Irish Sun as sports columnists. O’Leary, who spent most his playing days at Arsenal, will preview weekend games every Saturday, editor Michael McNiffe has confirmed. Tony Cascarino, who played up front for Chelsea and Millwall, will give post match analysis […]

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The Gloss returns as Irish Times insert

Upmarket women’s magazine The Gloss will no longer be sold as a standalone publication and instead will be inserted into copies of The Irish Times on the first Thursday of the month as and from September. Paul Farrell, commercial director, The Irish Times and chairman of the Marketer of the Year judging panel, said The […]

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Press must determine consumer wants and deliver on them

The newspaper industry needs to work out what people want and deliver on those needs and the reason why they have fallen on hard times is through their own mistakes, leading US writer and satirist and newspaper columnist Garrison Keillor said in an interview on RTE Radio. Speaking to Myles Dungan on the Today show, […]

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Bertie for News of the World

So Ireland’s former taoiseach Bertie Ahern is to take up the offer of guest sports columnist at the News of the World. Is it a case of the Aussie-born media magnate, Rupert Murdoch, once dubbed the Dirty Digger, giving an old mate a dig out? Not surprisingly, letter writers to The Irish Times have commented […]

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