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Media Essentials – Top stories of the week

August 29th, 2014 Posted in Irish Independent, Irish Journalists, Media, Mediaflash Edition, RTE, Social Media, TV No Comments

Media Essentials is back! We here at are here to bring you the top media stories from Ireland and the world. We strive to ensure that you’re kept in the loop about all of the comings and going in the media this week. This week’s stories include Electric Picnic’s live broadcast on Irish television, and Independent News and Media are number one in the ABC figures. Read on to get yourself up to date on all the latest Irish and international media news.

Electric Picnic Live on RTÉ

Missing Electric Picnic this weekend? Fear not! RTÉ have thought of it all. RTÉ TV,, and 2fm will be broadcasting live coverage from the event, including performances. Stradbally, Co. Laois is going to be jam packed this weekend with all tickets for the event sold out but you can enjoy the experience from the comfort of your own home. Minus the wet socks and smelly tent.

electric-picnic-14RTÉ Two will be broadcasting the action from 8.00pm to midnight on Saturday night. Eoghan McDermott and RTÉ 2fm’s Jenny Greene will be presenting for the night, with coverage of acts on the main stage, interviews and more. Blathnaid Treacy and AL Porter will be reporting from the Picnic arena, and RTÉ Two will be at the Other Voices Electric Ireland stage to cover some of the music highlights.

RTÉ 2fm will be recording exclusive acoustic sessions and band interviews from Electric Ireland’s Blue Room, which will be available on the RTÉ 2fm website and on RTÉ’s YouTube channel.

Those of you staying at home this weekend can also catch up on the RTÉ Player. Some of the big name acts appearing this year include; Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Blondie, Sinead O’Connor and many many more. This year though, whether you’re heading off to the Picnic or not, we can all enjoy the eclectic mix of Irish and International acts playing from August 29 – 31 at the country’s biggest music festival.

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NUJ disappointed at Claire Grady’s departure

August 29th, 2014 Posted in Ireland, Irish Independent, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, Mediaflash Edition No Comments

National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members in the Irish Independent have expresses their sadness at the departure of the first female editor of the paper in history, Claire Grady. They showed their support for the former editor, referring to her as a “journalist of integrity, ability and commitment”.

The Independent Newspapers’ NUJ chapel motion did not formally disapprove of her departure, it did however acknowledge her resignation “with disappointment”. The Irish Independent have vehemently said that the editor was not forced to leave, the reason for her sudden departure is still unclear.

Irish independent logoTwo private sources who are familiar with matters at the Irish Independent told The Guardian that Claire Grady was unable to edit in the way she had wanted because Stephen Rae, the editor-in-chief interfered. One of the sources told the Guardian, “He made her life hell”.

Some staff also expressed resentment towards the management of Independent News and Media because of their attempt to scapegoat the paper’s first female editor for the paper’s drop in circulation. When speaking to the Guardian newspaper, staff members expressed their concerns about Ian Mallon as interim editor. This is verbalised in second part of the NUJ’s motion, which asks the group to confirm that her job “and all future senior editorial appointments will be filled following an open and and transparent interview process, in accordance with best international practice.”

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TV3 CEO on the new Autumn Schedule

August 28th, 2014 Posted in Media, Mediaflash Edition, TV, TV3 No Comments

Our very own Conor Tivnan yesterday spoke to CEO of TV3, David McRedmond about the new Autumn schedule that they launched at the Mansion House in Dublin. He explained to why viewers will tune into their station.


This year’s schedule is jam packed, with sport, drama, current affairs, film, reality and more. Some of the most talked about items of the schedule were new soap ‘Red Rock’ and political drama, ‘The Guarantee’. McRedmond explained the schedule and what the highlights for the station will be over the coming months.

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Media on the Move: Editor Claire Grady leaves the Independent

August 28th, 2014 Posted in Irish Independent, Irish Journalists, jobs, Journalism, Media, Media Changes, Mediaflash Edition No Comments

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It was announced yesterday that Claire Grady was leaving the Irish Independent ’with immediate effect’. She was the first female editor of the Irish Independent in history and was appointed editor there just one year ago.

She previously worked as the editor for The Herald but became editor of the country’s best-selling daily newspaper in August 2013.

Editor in Chief of Independent News and Media (INM) Stephen Rae, in statement, said, “I would like to express our sincerest gratitude to Claire Grady for her work as Editor of the Irish Independent.”

He added, “Claire was the first female editor at the Irish Independent and played a major role in developing the title and in leading the rollout of the new production system at the title. We wish her the very best with her future plans.”

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TV3 launches its biggest ever Autumn schedule

August 27th, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Irish Journalists, News, Mediaflash Edition, Public Relations, TV, TV3 No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

unnamedTV3 today launched their autumn schedule for 2014 and in the new year is a major new soap, 30 new shows and array of new faces will see the station build on from the success of recent years.

The fresh and vibrant schedule was announced in a special presentation from Dublin’s Mansion House which all the big faces from TV3 as well as invited guests and members of the press were in attendance.

TV3 and its partner station, 3e,will deliver a a diverse range of new programming and content across a number of genres including entertainment, sport, news and factual.

Over 50% of TV3′s new schedule will be home produced  with over 2500 hours of this content.  The major highlights at today’s event was the first new soap on Irish Television set to air in 2015, ‘Red Rock’, the eagerly awaited political drama, ‘The Guarantee’, Radio Host Ray Foley presenting the ultimate man versus machine game show, ‘The Algorithm’ and  many more.

Sports fans will be treated to another action packed schedule with the biggest TV event in 2015 – The Rugby World Cup presented by Matt Cooper as well as the exclusive rights to the UEFA Champions league and Europa League. However, one of the biggest announcements from today’s launch was the news that 3e have been given exclusive free to air broadcast rights for UFC. That means UFC fans will be able to enjoy Conor McGregor and many more in the Octagon in 2015.

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How to grow your business through social media

August 27th, 2014 Posted in Facebook, Internet, Media, Mediaflash Edition, Online, Social Media, Social Network, Technology, Twitter No Comments

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Social media skills are vital in today’s world. Everybody is on the web, tweeting and sharing, getting involved. Don’t let your business get left behind.  Social media is your ally, particularly if you are a small business. If you don’t have the spare cash to spend on marketing and advertising, social media will promote your business for free! There are so many benefits for your business if you use online platforms. You just need to learn how to use them correctly. Therefore, we here at came up with a few tips and tricks that will help get your business started on social media. Read on for our top five tips tips on how to grow your business using this.

1. Pick your platform carefully

social_mediaThere are so many social media sites to choose from; Twitter, Facebook, GooglePlus+, Linkedin, Pinterest, Tumbler, Instagram, Snapchat and so on and so on and so on. I continue on forever. Before you start you must decide which site is the best platform for you. Take some time, research each site to see what it does. Ask yourself questions as you go. Do you want to have a formal or informal voice? Do you wish to post more text than pictures? Do you want to sell online or just draw more people to the business? Would videos be a useful tool?

Once you have answered these questions you can then decide what options are best for you. For example, if you want to post a lot of ‘To Do’ videos then Youtube may be the choice for you. However, we recommend you limit yourself to five sites, no full-time worker has time to manage anything more. Empty pages will not create a good image for your business. Be realistic in your goals.

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TG4 viewers in for a treat

August 27th, 2014 Posted in Media, Mediaflash Edition, TV No Comments

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Yesterday, TG4 launched its exciting new Autumn schedule in Dublin at the Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Square. Viewers are sure to be pleased with this all new line-up. Crime and drama will feature heavily in the new season.

New thriller An Bronntanas is based around the discovery by a life-boat crew of a large cargo of illegal drugs, set against the backdrop of the Connemara coastline. This new programme is sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats, along with the other dramas and thrillers that will hit our television screens this Autumn.

TG$Corp & Anam returns for the second series. The show is based on the life of a TV journalist played by Diarmuid de Faoite. It follows the man as he attempts to keep his professional life together while his personal life is erupting in chaos. TG4 have described this as one of the “Celtic Noir” dramas that will feature this year. The broadcaster hopes to become the Irish answer to HBO with this new style if drama.

Diarmuid de Faoite commented on this new angle TG4 are taking and the show Corp & Anam, “I think TG4 has a a right to call itself the Irish HBO,” he said. “This is really strong piece of writing and we have been really helped by technological advances. It is amazing what can be achieved with a smaller budget.”

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Breaking Bad comes out on top

August 26th, 2014 Posted in Media, TV No Comments

Breaking Bad managed to bag 5 awards at last night’s 66th annual Emmy Awards Ceremony. The awards received by the Breaking Bad cast included Best Drama and Writing for a Drama Series. Bryan Cranston took away the award for Best Actor for his role as main character, Walter White in the show. Other members of the cast, Aaron Paul (Jessie Pinkman)and Anna Gunn (Skyler White) also came away with Best Supporting Actor awards.

breaking badThe show was one of the most popular of the year amongst American and European audiences alike. This was the fifth and last series of the programme. Based around the life of Walter White, it is a gritty, shocking tale of a man who turns to a life of crime after he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He is a high school chemistry teacher and begins to produce and sell methamphetamine with a former student. It has been received remarkably well by the public across the world, with Bryan Cranston winning a number of awards prior to this.

Modern Family also performed well at the awards. It won Best Comedy for the fifth year in a row as well as Directing for a Comedy Series. The American TV show, based around a very ‘modern’, diverse family has been a success since it first reached our television screens in 2009. Ty Burrell and Phil Dunphy in the series, also received an award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for the show.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge that went wrong

August 26th, 2014 Posted in Charity, Internet, Media, Online No Comments

teresinaTeresina Bell was just another Irish girl sitting in her back garden, donning a swimming tops, cap and goggles, armbands in tow getting ready to do her Ice Bucket Challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. However, this challenge turned out to be a bit of disaster for Teresina. It features Teresina’s mother pouring a bucket of ice over her, as she runs away however she runs face first into a pole in the garden. Chaos ensues with the camera man (her father) running to help, along with her mother and somebody is ironically heard screaming “Get some ice on that”.

It quickly went viral when it was posted and the girl and her parents even appeared on LMFM to discuss the incident. The girl took it in very good spirits and informed viewers that no major damage had been done through her Facebook page saying, “Did do some damage. Whip lash to the neck. Swollen forehead, jaw, busted lip and sore tooth, cuts and bruises on my face but I am healing.”

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised hundreds of thousands for Motor Neurone Disease. To donate to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, text MND to donate €2 to 50300 or visit their website.



The team behind the show: The Opinion Line with PJ Coogan

August 26th, 2014 Posted in Journalism, LinkedIn, News, Radio No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

We are back once again this week with the Team Behind the Show. This biweekly blog post that goes deep into the core of a programme, be it television or radio. We here at like to acknowledge the whole team who put in trojan work to ensure that the programme reaches the airwaves or our television screens, because after  all, it is a team effort. Today, we are heading down South, to the rebel county of Cork and the Opinion Line with PJ Coogan on Cork’s 96FM. Let’s see their ‘Team behind the show’.


PJ Coogan is the presenter of the Opinion Line – Cork’s No.1 talkshow.  PJ took over from Neill Prenderville back in March of this year. He had previously been chief news reporter with the station for seven years. PJ Coogan has a wealth of experience in radio broadcasting, with over 25 years working in roles such as presenter, newsreader, reporter, editor & technician. Through the years, PJ has covered a whole host of events including, the 2007 General Election, the Cork floods and Munster Rugby. PJ knows the political scene like the back of his hand as, incredibly, he has anchored coverage of every election count, local, general and European since 1994. His work hasn’t gone unnoticed either, with him landing two PPI Awards in 2012 and 2010. PJ is certainly no one trick pony as his other interest, his very own business, PJ Coogans’ “Glory Days”, has him as  one of the most experienced and versatile Wedding, Party & Function DJ’s in Munster. Deirdre O’Shaughnessy is currently presenting the show whilst PJ is on annual leave.
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