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INN news agency to close

Independent News Network (INN) is to cease operating at the end of October following a collapse in its advertising revenue from the start of the year. In a media statement issued by PR firm FD, INN chief executive John O’Connor confirmed the decision to close the agency was made as the business was no longer […]

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Hibernian Aviva still hooked on Newstalk's drivetime show

Insurer Hibernian Aviva has renewed its sponsorship of Newstalk’s The Right Hook evening drivetime show hosted by George Hook for another year. The show’s popularity improved in the most recent JNRL report by adding 7,000 listeners to bring its average audience tuning in from 4.30pm to 7pm weekdays to 110,000. Hibernian Aviva has launched a […]

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Media show returns to airwaves

Mediascope, the media and marketing show on 103.2 Dublin City FM, returns at its usual time of 1.30pm next Tuesday, October 6th. Presenter Ellen Gunning said podcasts of all previous shows are available at www.academy.com by clicking on the Mediascope link. Podcasts of the new series will be uploaded fortnightly in arrears.

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Harrington goes a fair way to putt sense on Lisbon

The Gift Grub slot on Ian Dempsey’s breaksfast show on Today FM this morning with Padraig Harrington using a golf analogy to explain the Lisbon Treaty resulted in thousands of texts and emails from listeners thanking the station for simplifying the referendum debate in lay man’s terms. Harrington’s alter ego teed up with… “Europe is […]

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BCI reports no short-term appetite for developing digital radio

Local radio stations have no plans to invest in a switch to digital radio in the short term and want a coherent, inclusive and co-ordinated approach to DAB radio in Ireland, a study carried out for the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has reported. The report is based on findings by Athena Research, run by […]

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O'Leary and Ganley go head-to-head on Arthur's Day

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary and Declan Ganley of Libertas will today discuss issues for and against the Lisbon Treaty when they take part in a live radio debate before an audience on The Last Word with Matt Cooper on Today FM from 4.30pm to 7pm. Panelists on the Yes side taking part include Micheal Martin […]

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Dubliners try their luck at winning FM104's €250,000 house

In what is being touted as the biggest prize giveaway ever by an Irish radio station, listeners to FM104 are due to tune in in growing numbers until the end of October to try and win a new two-bedroom showhouse in Barnwell Hansfield in Dublin 15. Built by Manor Homes and located off the Ongar […]

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Former adman among PPI radio nominees

Donald Helme, former boss of The Helme Partnership, who now hosts a jazz show on Lyric FM, is nominated for specialist music broadcaster of the year and is among 34 nominations across 18 categories from RTE stations in contention for this year’s PPI Radio Awards. Mary Wilson, Ryan Tubridy and Pat Kenny are nominated for […]

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Yates judged safe bet for Newstalk breakfast show

The move by Newstalk 106-108 FM to bring in former Fine Gael minister and Celtic Bookmakers founder Ivan Yates to co-host the station’s breakfast show alongside Claire Byrne and instead of Ger Gilroy since May of this year has been made permanent. The show goes out from 6.30am to 9am weekdays. Yates had previously deputised […]

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Book publishing venture pays off for Limerick mum

A Limerick mum who launched a series of new books to help her son who has a serious development brain disorder has won a prize valued at €15,000 in 4FM’s ‘Doing it for Themselves’ nationwide competition. Avril Webster set up Off We Go Publishing as a learning tool for her son, Stephen, now aged ten, […]

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Bewley's sponsor coffee break item on Tom Dunne Show

Bewley’s is sponsoring the coffee break at 10.30am on Tom Dunne’s magazine-style talk show which airs on Newstalk 106-108FM from 9am until noon weekdays. Sky sponsors the show which averages 75,000 listeners. Michael Markey, marketing manager, Newstalk, said the Bewley’s contract is for six months but made no mention of the deal’s cost. Dunne is […]

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Radio unites to sound value to advertisers

In a show of unusual unity, RTE and independent radio are joining forces to push the value of radio to advertisers by launching a cross-medium, two-week ChooseRadio.ie campaign with a synchronised radio spot on 36 stations bearing the strapline “the most visual medium in the world”. An estimated 1,170,000 adults aged 15 and over are […]

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PR firms labelled "lazy" by photographer

A former Irish Times staff photographer has criticised PR firms and has called them “lazy” in their use of scantily-clad models for photocalls. Speaking on Liveline on RTE Radio 1 today, Tom Lawlor was commenting on a listener’s call who phoned in to Joe Duffy to complain about celebrity chef Neven Maguire posing with a […]

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