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The Team Behind the Show: Tonight with Vincent Browne

October 31st, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Irish Journalists, Journalism, News, Mediaflash Edition, TV, TV3 No Comments

Conor Tivnan & James Phelan

MrAyof3E_400x400This week, we take a look at the team behind the current affairs programme- - Tonight with Vincent Browne.  The show analysis the main political events of the day and is presented in a hard-hitting style by presenter Vincent Browne. The lively debate show has been to the forefront of nightly programming on TV3 and we look at the team behind one of the most watched shows on Irish television.

Vincent Browne – Presenter

Stern, tough and always to the point, Limerick Native, Vincent Browne has presented Tonight with Vincent Browne on TV3 since January 2007. He is a columnist with both the Irish Times and the Sunday Business Post and also a non-practicing barrister. He graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Economics. Vincent’s career in print and broadcast journalism has seen him present Prime Time & Question & Answers on RTÉ and also work on the Late Late Show. He has worked for the Irish Press Group before later joining Independent News & Media. He was editor of two magazines also, Magill and Village Magazine.

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Christmas book list: Make yours a best seller!

October 30th, 2014 Posted in Blogs, Books, Irish Journalists, Media, Mediaflash Edition, must reads No Comments

bookshopHalloween may not be over yet but the countdown to Christmas has already begun. Books are always a great gift for the Christmas stocking but each year there is a great scramble to make the best sellers list. If you are looking to have a book reviewed or to promote a literary event this Christmas, but you aren’t sure how to connect with journalists, we have you covered.

Our latest media list is the Christmas Book List and you won’t have to check this twice! This helpful list will help you connect with all the journalists you need to get your book into the media and into the hands of bookworms across the country this Christmas.

This list is intended as a helpful resource for organisations wishing to generate interest around their book or literary events this year.

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Featured Journalist: Eithne Kelly

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Irish, Irish Journalists, Media, Media Tips, News, Mediaflash Edition, Newstalk, Twitter No Comments

profile_pic_400x400Leah Ring @LeahRing1

Our featured journalist this week is Eithne Kelly, the producer of the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk 106-108. Eithne began work with the station in 2013. She was awarded the prestigious role of producer for the all new Pat Kenny Show, when the presenter moved from RTÉ Radio 1 to Newstalk, in June of that year. She plays a vital role in the team, securing interviews and helping to put together a unique, interesting and jam packed show weekly.

Eithne  grabbed the attention of the national media in 2012 when she secured the first interview in the country with the bankrupt ex-billionaire Sean Quinn. Prior to this she had also nabbed an exclusive interview with Fr Kevin Reynolds, the priest who was libeled by RTE’s PrimeTime in 2011.

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Pitching tips for your Halloween stories

October 29th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, Media Tips, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, Tips No Comments

Trick-or-treatersPitching story ideas to journalists can be a daunting prospect. You could have a brilliant story, but a poor pitch means it might never get covered.

With Halloween looming the media will be flooded with hundreds of thousands of story ideas about the topic. We can help get your story told using our tailored Halloween list on our MediaHQ system. Using this you can send your story directly to the right people in the media. As well as this we have a couple of great tips for you on how to pitch your story. contains the most comprehensive collection of Irish journalists’ contacts and by building and managing this we understand how to successfully connect with Irish journalists.

Over 70,000 stories had been shared on the service. Using this experience we have come up with the top tips everybody needs to know before they pitch to a journalist.

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Featured Journalist: Gavan Reilly

October 23rd, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Irish Journalists, Journalism, News, Mediaflash Edition, Radio, Today FM No Comments

Conor Tivnan

e56de61531ac4be3e3860f8eadecc9d8_400x400In our featured journalist this week, we take a look at Gavan Reilly. Gavan is the Senior Political Correspondent with the national radio broadcasting station, Today FM. In his role, Gavan covers political and current affairs issues in Ireland whilst also covering economics. He joined the Today FM team in the summer of last year after previously working for and

Gavan can be seen and heard on both radio and social media as he frequently tweets both serious and humorous stories coming out of Leinster House. He covered the most recent Budget and continues to cast his own unique eye over almost all aspects of current affairs.
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Don’t be afraid to get your story heard this Halloween!

October 21st, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ No Comments

Conor Tivnan

pumpkinsHalloween is just over a week away and we are already looking forward to the last big weekend before the countdown to Christmas. Next week, we will see kids marching with their costumes of all shapes and sizes, knocking on doors and seeing what treats await them. On the other hand, in recent times, the use of fireworks, which are illegal in the Republic of Ireland, have been a cause for concern to homeowners – and particularly elderly residents. While it is an occasion to dress up and have fun, it’s a time when everyone needs to be extra vigilant and careful to ensure that Halloween can be celebrated in a safe environment. If you are from a company or organisation and aren’t sure how to connect with journalists and get you news covered. Then MediaHQ can help get your news out to the Irish media.

We have created our latest media list- ‘Halloween 2014′. This list contains relevant contacts for organisations wishing to get coverage for Halloween-related news stories. It contains contact details for features journalists and editors from national print and broadcast media in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Newspaper and magazine feature desk contact details have also been included to ensure the widest possible coverage. If your news story is related to health at Halloween then we recommend using this list in conjunction with our Health Correspondents & Editors list.

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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

Leah Ring @LeahRing1

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

Leah Ring @LeahRing1

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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