Author: Gerard Cunningham

  • Newspapers try some dynamism

    Newspapers try some dynamism

    The latest national newspapers Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) report for Irish newspapers bring more bad news for the industry, with a drop in total sales of over eight percent – over 90,000 copies – in the twelve months to the end of June 2017. At the top end of the market, the Sunday Independent […]

  • Trust in media unusually high in Ireland

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, July 2017 edition In the wake of the Jobstown trial, a lot of commentary followed on both power of social media to influence outcomes, and the credibility (or lack of same) of “mainstream” media in reporting accurately. Perhaps predictably, most of the commentary seemed to reinforce already existing […]

  • Charting the Charleton tribunal

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, June 2017 edition As the tribunal of inquiry into protected disclosures and certain other matters prepares for its opening statement from counsel in mid-June, Peter Charleton must be wondering what he’s let himself in for. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Supreme Court justice initially agreed […]

  • Time for more Times

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, June 2017 edition Launching a new newspaper is a tricky proposition at the best of times, but in the middle of historic declines in print circulation, as titles struggle to manage the transition to digital first publication, it seems downright bloody-minded. Yet that’s what News UK’s Dublin outlet […]

  • The Other P O’Neill

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, May 2017 edition When the Irish Times broke the news on Twitter that a new editor was taking over, they accidentally highlighted one of the major problems the newspaper faces. A photo circulated of Paul O’Neill the new editor, taking over from Kevin O’Sullivan, who was stepping aside […]

  • RTE won’t be properly funded

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, April 2017 edition The idea for a television licence decoupled from ownership of a television, proposed as early as the 2011 election campaign as a “content tax” or “public broadcasting charge” by Fine Gael “to apply to all households and applicable businesses, regardless of the device they use […]

  • Copyright infringements and Sock Puppets

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, April 2017 edition Ardee District Court was delayed. The courtroom was packed, as it often is on a Monday morning after a busy weekend, with fresh arrests to be processed. Solicitors shuffled papers, Guards gathered in twos and threes in quiet conversations, and towards the back, concerned families […]

  • Media looking at tribunal looking at media

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, March 2017 edition The Disclosures Tribunal – or the Charleton tribunal, as it may come to be known – got of to a surprisingly quick start, with Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton making an opening statement on Monday 27 February, only eleven days after the first draft of […]

  • Real News: You Get What You Pay For

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, February 2017 edition “Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.” That quote is usually attributed to Albert Einstein. But being a journalist, I decided to check it out. It turns out it has also been linked at various times […]

  • In which Denis gets himself sued

    This article first appeared in Village magazine. Perhaps the strangest event on the Irish media landscape last month was prompted by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan’s publication of a report into media ownership in Ireland, commissioned by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) grouping in the European Parliament. The report itself – by Belfast […]