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VIRGIN TV’S EXODUS

A FEW empty seats have come up in Virgin Media Television, with Anna Daly announcing her imminent departure from Ireland AM after 12 years, hot on the heels of Matt Cooper jacking in host duties on The Tonight Show and Pat Kenny confirming that he won’t be appearing in the autumn/winter schedule. With the station... Read more »

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DCU’S INDO ALUMNI

A NEW career pathway appears to have opened up between Talbot Street and Glasnevin, with several former Indo hacks and snappers joining the communications team at Dublin City University. The latest to make the move is photographer Kyran O’Brien, who spent almost 30 years at the Indo. He has joined former head of news, Jane... Read more »

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SINÉAÐ O’CONNOR’S STIRRING

THE SINDO must be delighted that Sinéad O’Connor’s interview with Ian Bailey has finally generated a watercooler moment for the paper, even if the ethics surrounding the piece have been hotly debated. It would also be interesting to know what the paper feels about O’Connor speaking to Joe O’Shea of CorkBeo and the Irish Mirror... Read more »

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GILLIAN FITZPATRICK BOLTS AGAIN

THE LATEST twist in Gillian Fitzpatrick’s colourful career trajectory has been revealed with the establishment of her new advertising strategy company, Bolter Media. The development comes mere months after she began working as the new commercial director of Communicorp in February prior to it being acquired by Bauer Media Audio – a position she has... Read more »

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CHANGE COMES SLOW

ONE YEAR on from the outpouring that followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis it is interesting to take stock of how little the media landscape has changed. The initial wave of protests under the Black Lives Matter banner in 2016 scarcely penetrated Irish public debate. If anything, audiences were more likely to see... Read more »

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ANNE HARRIS’S ‘HOME TRUTHS’

THE POLEMICAL talents of Anne Harris might once have been considered an asset to any cause, so it was surprising to find such weak fare written in defence of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission. The Irish Times has from the beginning led the rearguard action against criticism of the final report’s findings and methodology.... Read more »

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BREDA O’BRIEN’S FAMILY VALUES

AONTÚ MAY be “up against it” according to Breda O’Brien in the Irish Times, but the party at least gets some valuable shine in Dublin Bay South’s favourite newspaper. A column in Saturday’s Weekend edition ostensibly about “smaller parties” and “diversity” focuses exclusively on the challenges facing the breakaway anti-abortion group. Iona Institute culture warrior... Read more »

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VIP AND RSVP’S RUFF WARS

PERHAPS WEARY of duking it out to nab the same old roster of RTÉ faces for their covers, celebrity rags VIP and RSVP have simultaneously turned their attention to celeb mutts this month. The VIPets supplement was first out of the blocks as a 24-page freebie inserted the main VIP magazine (€2.20). RSVP Madra came... Read more »

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DES GIBSON’S NEW STAR TURN

NOW THAT former newspaper editor, Des Gibson, has opened a media relations and crisis management business, he could be in prime position to assist media groups in navigating any choppy waters they might encounter. For example, if Mediahuis Ireland were to engage his services, Gibson could advise it on how to manage the brouhaha around... Read more »

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SINÉAD’S SINDO TRAVAILS

THE NEWS that Sinéad O’Connor is once again to become part of the Sindo family – a paper she once famously accused of spreading untruths about her – is heartwarming. The staff Christmas party should certainly be interesting this year, considering Sindo stalwart Niamh Horan once reported that Sinéad issued “threats and abusive warnings” to... Read more »

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BAUER MEDIA AUDIO’S NEW FOES

Ian Kehoe

IN HANDING the baton over to Bauer Media Audio, outgoing owner Denis O’Brien’s parting “gift” to staff at Communicorp Group was to urge them to lift the fatwa pronounced against Irish Times writers appearing on its stations. Does this mean we can now expect to hear contributions from journalists from news and business website, The... Read more »

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KENNEDY AND DIXON’S NEW WHINGEFEST

AFTER BEING axed from 98FM in April, radio hosts Adrian Kennedy and Jeremy Dixon have started broadcasting their own independent online show. In the aftermath of their Dublin Talks show being culled, Kennedy told journalists that they had received calls from other ­stations and were “talking to everyone.” It now appears that they have left... Read more »

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POL CORRS RISE

TYRANTS WILL tremble as the Leinster House press gallery has turned its firepower on Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko. In an indication that the pubs around Kildare Street remain closed, a number of pol corrs issued a statement on Tuesday which condemns the detention of journalist Roman Protasevich, demands his release and calls on “global institutions... Read more »

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CIARA KELLY’S GREEK CHORUS

Ciara Kelly

THE VERY different reactions Aoife Moore and Ciara Kelly’s claims of online harassment have generated exposes an inconsistency among the wokerati around what is considered fair commentary. This is very much in evidence in the aftermath of the newest episode of, “What has Ciara done to enrage Twitter this time?” The latest drama arose from... Read more »

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BUSINESS AS USUAL AT GLIN CASTLE

FANS HOPING for a bit of juicy insight into the marriage of Dominic West and his aristocratic missus, Catherine FitzGerald, would have been left sorely disappointed by the Sindo’s glowing puff piece on the family pile, Glin Castle in Limerick. Quite what editorial value the paper received in return for plugging the castle over four... Read more »

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GHOSTING LAURA WHITMORE

Irish hacks still smarting over Laura Whitmore’s treatment of the Mail’s Niamh Walsh (see The Phoenix May 3rd) have baulked at giving her new line in fitness gear publicity. Whitmore has just unveiled an “edit” with a UK fitness brand, and you’d have to feel for the publicist tasked with trying to get coverage for... Read more »

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MEDIAHUIS’S MORTIFYING MINIONS

TWITTER MAY be best avoided for a while by those whose stomachs can’t handle a bunch of hacks fawning over their overlords. Not alone are the underlings in rhapsodies over the coffee plants sent to their houses to mark Independent News & Media (INM) rebranding to Mediahuis Ireland, fulsome praise has been bestowed on publisher... Read more »

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EOGHAN HARRIS’S SINDO TRIBE

Eoghan Harris

ASIDE FROM marking the departure of yet another of the old guard at the Sindo, sock puppet account co-founder Eoghan Harris going down in flames certainly raises a whole lot of interesting questions.

His departure is another blow to the family dynasty that began its rule when Aengus Fanning took over as editor in 1984, with Anne Harris (née O’Sullivan) in situ as deputy editor from 1985. Her then-husband Eoghan would go on to find an outlet in the paper for his political, er, musings.

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LAMBASTING LAURA WHITMORE

Laura Whitmore

FOR SOMEONE who likes to position herself as brigadier general of the #BeKind brigade. Laura Whitmore putting a showbiz journalist on blast for merely doing her job seems contradictory. The incident saw Whitmore giving her barely-concealed contempt of the media yet another outing, but whether the backlash she received was the response she expected is... Read more »

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DOIREANN GARRIHY’S NEW PARTNER

Doireann Garrihy

WITH DOIREANN Garrihy off air for the next few weeks to trial a new version of her 2fm breakfast show, listeners are speculating on whether she will return with a shiny new co-presenter in tow? Gossip-starved showbiz journos are likely to be camped outside Montrose in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a potential... Read more »

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BARRY EGAN’S BILLING

Now that a new regime has its feet under the table at the Sindo, there appears to be a shift in the prominence attached to particular writers. While some new voices have been brought front and centre, readers have noticed that others, such as Barry Egan, don’t appear to have the star billing they previously... Read more »

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XPOSÉ-ING AISLING O’LOUGHLIN’S CAMPAIGN

QUERYING WHETHER RTÉ broadcasters Ryan Tubridy and Claire Byrne were genuinely ill is the latest bizarre move by Aisling O’Loughlin. The journalist has called on RTÉ to declare any “conflicts of interest” in relation to finance. “How much have you received from Big Pharma and Big Tech over the past five years in advertising, sponsorship... Read more »

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TOMMY TIERNAN’S REINVENTION

HAS THE success of Tommy Tiernan’s chat show accelerated his transformation from enfant terrible to the new saviour of Montrose? It’s all a far cry from 2005 when RTÉ was forced to deny that Tiernan had been banned from The Late Late Show – then hosted by Pat Kenny. This occurred after it received more... Read more »

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A TALE OF TWO COLETTES

Leaving behind a media career to enter the political communications sphere is a well-trodden path, but it’s not without its inherent dangers. The chance of the move being short-lived, for instance. This hasn’t deterred Colette Browne, who is taking the reins as newly-appointed communications director of the Soc Dems.  In doing so, she is leaving... Read more »

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SUNDAY TIMES’ UNSPORTING OMISSION

READERS OF last weekend’s Sunday Times’ Sport supplement would be forgiven for wondering if the paper is unaware that women participate in sport? There was certainly no evidence of that over the course of its 24-page spread, as every single article was about men in sport and not a single one about women. Of approximately... Read more »

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SINDO’S MID-LIFE CRISIS

Brendan O'Connor

YOU’D HAVE to wonder how many mid-life crisis columns by radio broadcasters the average Sunday newspaper actually needs? Or how “new” a columnist can be when they have already been writing for the paper for a number of years? Sindo readers certainly may have pondered these questions, as the latest columnists were unveiled with much... Read more »

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NAUGHTY STEP FOR VIRGIN MEDIA TV

VIEWERS MIGHT be forgiven for wondering if Virgin Media Television operates on the principle of, “You can’t have too much of a good thing?” Take Wednesday’s schedule, for example, when “Supernanny” Jo Frost popped up as an interviewee on two programmes on Virgin Media One, broadcast only three hours apart. Viewers of the Elaine show... Read more »

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CANCELLING CIARA KELLY 

Ciara Kelly

CIARA KELLY’S husband has become the latest person to incite the wrath of the Twitter “wokerati,” with his valiant endeavours to defend the Newstalk presenter’s honour. Whether Eoin O’Mahony is doing Kelly any favours by jumping in whenever she is mentioned in relation to Linda Hayden is another thing. Then again, it must be hard... Read more »

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MEDIA GUARDIANS

UNSPOKEN AGENDAS have become a hot topic in recent weeks, culminating on Sunday with Alan Rusbridger’s departure from the Future Media Commission. The former Guardian editor has been subject to barrage of criticism in the fall out from the controversy surrounding journalist Roy Greenslade and there was no shortage of column inches devoted to questioning... Read more »

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MORE RULE BRITANNIA AT THE IT

President Higgins

HAS THE Irish Times finally scraped the bottom of the historical barrel? Recent months have seen the paper print a stream of unhinged columns of a British and Unionist perspective. Moderate voices be damned and Goldhawk wonders if presenting its readers with increasingly the most extreme and one dimensional expressions of British identity is not... Read more »

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IMAGE PUBLICATIONS’ STRATEGY

HAVING PUT its print titles on hiatus last March, Image Publications is now hoping to entice readers to part with dosh to read its online articles. Its nascent digital offering was launched with typical Image hyperbole, promising “a new website, a new team, new faces (as well as lots of the ones you already know... Read more »

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LUCY KENNEDY’S SHUFFLE

WITH THREE radio show changes on the horizon, can we expect to see new life breathed into the morning breakfast show landscape, or will it be more of the same? Classic Hits revealed this week that it will be swapping its breakfast team of PJ Gallagher and Jim McCabe for Radio Nova’s Colm Hayes and... Read more »

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RTÉ’S SUSSEX KERFUFFLE

Meghan Markle

WHILE THE Brits are duking it out over the rights and wrongs of Oprah’s forthcoming interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, a right royal rumpus has erupted over here too. The decision by the national broadcaster to show the interview on RTÉ 2 on Monday, the day after it airs on CBS in the... Read more »

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SWELLING RTÉ’S STAFF

Ryan Tubridy

IS THE world of media about to receive a wholesale shake-up in relation to its relationship with freelancers and self-employed contractors? Many journalists will be interested in reports that RTÉ has offered staff contracts to 81 people, after the Revenue Commissioners raised concerns over their trading relationship with the station. This followed its analysis of... Read more »

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CILL RIALAIG’S CORRECTION

READERS COULD be forgiven for failing to notice the correction the Sindo carried in relation to the colourful Noelle Campbell-Sharp, which was discreetly tucked into the contents page of the People & Culture supplement. Razor-Sharp was unhappy at being mistakenly referred to as the owner of the Cill Rialaig artists’ retreat in Kerry in an... Read more »

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FRAMING TWINK

YOU HAVE to hand it to Twink, aka Adele King, who certainly knows how to command the attention of those on high when highlighting her personal gripes. Her penchant for theatrics and adding colour to media outings can be the only justification for the lengthy airing RTÉ’s Liveline gave her this week, which resulted in... Read more »

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