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The Team Behind the Show: The Late Late Show

October 21st, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, RTE, TV No Comments

Conor Tivnan & Leah Ring


This week, we take a look at the team behind the longest running chat show in the world – The Late Late Show. It has been prime time Friday night viewing in Irish homes up and down the country for over 50 years and we are going to cast an eye over the current team who are looking to continue to bring even more success in the future.



Ryan Tubridy – Presenter

Tubridy, or Tubs as he is affectionately known as, took over the reins of The Late Late Show from Pat Kenny in September 2009. When Tubridy began, he restored some of the old favourites from the 1960s, such as the catchphrase “one for everybody in the audience” and the original theme tune. Tubs’ first show was an enormous success. His first guest was then Taoiseach Brian Cowen and 1.6m people tuned in that night. The show began in 1962 and is still as popular as ever.

f7af75df024a79bd87559ca2c0eeaf7d04bd67b8John McMahon – Producer @JohnMcMahonIrl

John McMahon is the new Producer of The Late Late Show. He was appointed at the start of the new series in September 2014, and it sees him team up every Friday night with his long term colleague, Ryan Tubridy. The pair reinvented the breakfast show on 2FM – a show that catapulted Tubridy into the big league of Irish broadcasters. John has vast experience in TV and radio, having worked with RTÉ for almost 20 years. He has had several different roles at the national broadcaster including content webmaster, television schedule planning, Head of 2FM and since the start of this year, TV producer of the Late Late Show.

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Chris Donoghue is new anchor at UTV Ireland

October 21st, 2014 Posted in Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, Newstalk, TV, UTV Ireland No Comments

Conor Tivnan

chris_donoghueChris Donoghue has been announced as the new anchor of UTV Ireland’s news and current affairs programmes.

The journalist and broadcaster will anchor alongside Alison Comyn when the channel’s news programmes, Ireland Live and Ireland Live at 10, launch on Monday, January 5th 2015. He will also continue to co-present Newstalk’s breakfast show.

A delighted Chris Donoghue said:

‘I love my job with Newstalk and I have always wanted to develop a role in television. This is a great opportunity for me to continue what I love and progress my career. UTV Ireland has displayed huge ambition to be a leading force in Irish television.

The Dublin native has made a name for himself in the Irish media annals with Newstalk, after becoming the youngest prime-time presenter on Irish radio, when he began presenting the station’s breakfast show back in 2010.

Speaking about the recent appointment, Head of Channel at UTV Ireland, Mary Curtis added:

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Featured Journalist: Ciara O’Brien

October 16th, 2014 Posted in Blogs, Games, Internet, Ireland, Irish, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, Online, Technology No Comments

Today we have chosen to take a look at one of the many talented Irish journalists out there at the moment. Ciara O’Brien is a business journalist in The Irish Times and has been a technology writer since 2002. She describes herself as a part-time Twitter addict and gadget geek. She can be found writing about almost anything in the world of technology, from the best deal tablets and phones, to the top range gadgets. Ciara is also a big games fan and regularly reviews the newest and biggest games of the moment for The Irish Times.

Ciara studied Communications at Dublin Institute of Technology. From 2003 to 2004 she worked as the assistant editor for PC Live and Smart Company. Prior to her work with The Irish Times, Ciara worked, as many do, as a freelance journalist. She wrote for a variety of publications, from the Sunday Business Post to Business Plus.

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Get your Irish Water story told

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Irish, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ No Comments

Water charges. The words sprawled all over the covers of newspapers across the country for weeks. Many of the Budget 2015 debates yesterday centered around the charges and what they will mean for the Irish citizen.

If you are a business involved in the water industry ,or maybe an action or lobby group campaigning against the water charges, you need to know how to get your story covered. Everyone has their own take on the issue, a new angle and a new story, but it can be difficult to know where to start. You have to send your story to the right people, in the right places.

waterFor your convenience, we have created our very own Irish Water list. This comprehensive list of over 25 relevant journalists includes environmental and political correspondents and editors from national print and broadcast media in the Republic of Ireland. The contacts listed have either written about, or may be interested in hearing about, issues relating to water charges and therefore are sure to be able to help.

The upcoming charges loom and the country has erupted. Last weekend, tens of thousands of people from all corners of the country marched from Parnell Square to Leinster House and back to O’Connell Street to oppose the charges.

Yesterday, despite calls to abolish the charge, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, announced in his Budget speech that the water charges will remain. However, there was some good news as tax relief will be offered in relation to water charges and a €100 payment under the Household Benefits package is being extended to help more social welfare recipients.

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All your media coverage for Budget 2015

October 13th, 2014 Posted in Economy, Ireland, Irish, Irish Independent, Irish Journalists, Irish TV, Journalism, Media, Mediaflash Edition, My Media, Newstalk, Politics, Radio, RTE, TV3 No Comments

The media will be full steam ahead tomorrow with one of the biggest stories of the year, the Budget. Michael Noonan delivers Budget 2015 to Dáil Eireann tomorrow at 2.30pm and for all the budget junkies and politics nerds out there, you’ll want to know who and what to watch. With extended TV and radio programmes and special pull-out supplements in the newspapers. Its difficult to know where to start.

To help you through the media chaos we have put together a media guide to Budget 2015, including all the national broadcast and print coverage for this budget season.



Budget 2015 Special – 14:00

Television coverage of Budget 2015 begins on RTÉ One at 14.00 as Bryan Dobson and Keelin Shanley present live coverage and analysis of the Budget speeches by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, right through the afternoon.

indexRTÉ News – 18:00 & 21:00

The Six-One News will be extended until 7.30pm with a comprehensive look at the Budget, an interview with Minister Noonan live from Leinster House, and analysis from RTÉ correspondents along with reaction from politicians. Later in the evening there will be also be budget news and reaction on the Nine O’Clock News with Eileen Dunne.

Prime Time – 21:40

Prime Time will feature a Budget Special at 9.40pm presented by Miriam O’Callaghan and David McCullagh. The programme will feature a debate between Minister for Finance Michael Noonan TD and Fianna Fail’s Finance spokesman, Michael McGrath TD, along with reaction and contributions from other politicians, interest groups and members of the audience.
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How to get your Budget story to journalists

October 13th, 2014 Posted in Irish, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, Social Media No Comments

How do you get the media to cover your reaction to Budget 2015? Do you have an upcoming story for Budget 2015, but don’t know how to get it seen? Need to get the media to sit up and listen? We can help.

budgetNext Tuesday, October 14th 2014, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will stand at 14:30 to announce Budget 2015 to Dáil Éireann.

The hot topics this year will include: water charges, employment, taxation, health, education, social welfare and pensions.

To get your reaction out first, to the right people, you need our help. You can access our special ‘Budget Business Reaction’ list on – our press release distribution system. This will make your job a lot easier, knowing that your release is in the safe hands of the right journalists.

Subscriber can access it here. Or you can send reaction using our single send system here – paying as your go.

This list boasts over 30 journalists spanning all national radio, television, newspaper and online platforms, including the Irish Independent, Irish Times, RTÉ, TV3 and Newstalk.

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MediaHQ: Political Lists – Budget 2015

October 9th, 2014 Posted in Branding, Irish Journalists, Journalism, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

3u2qk5h8r8h5z9aaqbmi_400x400Unless you decided to opt out of listening, watching or reading current affairs stories in the country, you would know by now that Budget 2015 is looming large on the horizon. On Tuesday next, Minster for Finance, Michael Noonan will present his fourth budget to Dáil Eireann and despite some encouraging signs in the country’s economy, there are sure to be some cuts that will be affect people in Ireland.

The Budget is one of the biggest stories of the year and it affects every Irish citizen. In the first of a three part series, we will covering the main media contacts in business, politics and opinion in Ireland ahead of Budget 2015.

We have created a number of tailored lists on our press release distribution service, This results in making it easier to send your Budget fallout related press release. You can be safe in the knowledge that it will be in the hands of the right journalists.
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Beatlemania all week on Tom Dunne Show

October 7th, 2014 Posted in News, MediaHQ, Music, Newstalk, Radio No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

original_441The ‘Beatles in Mono’ boxset is being celebrated all this week on the Tom Dunne Show on Newstalk.

Up until 1968, every album that the Beatles released received both a mono and stereo mix. However, the mono mix produced the original recording.

The difference between mono and stereo is that unlike stereo recordings which records the vocals and instruments on separate tracks, the mono recordings captures both the vocals and instruments all at once.

The Tom Dunne show got proceedings underway last night, starting at the beginning of the Beatles early music and by the end of the week, the show will have played the entire boxset across the airwaves as the way it was intended to be heard.

Along with the music, Tom will recall the Fab Four’s amazing career, bringing  you on the journey from mono to stereo, from black and white to technicolor.


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Radio 1 makes its mark at PPI awards

October 6th, 2014 Posted in Awards, Broadcasting, Irish Journalists, News, MediaHQ, Radio, RTE No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

Screen-Shot-2014-10-03-at-23.45.39-631x396RTÉ were the big winners at this year’s PPI Radio Awards, scooping a total of nine awards.

The PPI Radio Awards received the highest number ever of entries in their 14-year history.

All areas of radio broadcasting were analysed including music, news, sport, speech, entertainment and comedy.

The big prizes won by RTÉ inlcuded Philip Boucher-Hayes, who won News Reporter of the Year while Áine Lawlor was inducted into the PPI Hall of Fame.
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BAI awards €2.26m for archiving content

October 3rd, 2014 Posted in Awards, Broadcasting, Journalism, News, MediaHQ, Radio, TV No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

baiThe Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has announced the awarding of €2.26m to ten successful applicants under round two of the Archiving Scheme.

The scheme is provided for under the Broadcasting Fund and was set up to cater for funding support of the development of an archiving culture in the sector of Irish Broadcasting. It contributes to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage.

In total, 18 applications were received by the closing date of April 16, which sought funding aid of almost €7m.

Some of the areas to be funded include:  the archiving of music and documentaries on TG4; the archiving of news, current affairs and cultural content on TV3; the archiving of various types of content on Newstalk 106, Connemara Community Radio and RTÉ; the archiving of advertisements from the 1960s to the 1980s, held by the Irish Film Institute; and the support of a digital GAA games archive.
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