Tag: RTÉ

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Fake news and audio online: 2016’s lessons for moribund media

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, December 2016 edition At the beginning of 2016, the two expected major new issues in media circles were 3D/VR immersive technologies, and podcasting. A lot has changed since then. Virtual reality/3D is still in the earliest stages of development – and may not ever evolve beyond a gimmick […]

  • Class Action: Anti-tabloid bias in Irish radio

    An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, December 2015 edition Irish news radio programming shows a strong anti-tabloid bias in selecting contributors, according to an examination of survey data from the three main broadcasters earlier this year. Journalists interviewed by the stations’ news programmes and participating on panels came overwhelmingly from the […]

  • John Murray goes quiet

    An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, July 2015 edition The announcement was brief and to the point. After five years, RTÉ announced, John Murray would no longer be presenting the his Radio 1 weekday morning show from Friday 3 July. “The John Murray Show will come to a close,” the RTÉ […]

  • Is balance broken?

    An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, June 2015 edition Is balance broken? It was thanks to Daniel O’Donnell that RTÉ’s literalist interpretation of broadcasting balance was displayed in its full absurdity. In an afternoon interview with Ray D’Arcy, the Donegal crooner was asked about the referendum, and spoke on the topic […]

  • DABbling unpaid: RTÉ’s digital labour problem

    An edited version of this article appears in Village magazine, June 2015 edition Trade unions within RTE are planning to challenge the broadcaster’s practice of using unpaid labour to keep its digital audio broadcasting (DAB) digital channels in operation, it has emerged. Radio communications manager Maureen Catterson confirmed that 44 volunteers are currently rostered to […]

  • MoJo on the go

    An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, April 2015 edition Gerard Cunningham reflects on the hype at the MoJo Convention – the world’s first – held in Dublin at the end of March. At one point during his workshop at MoJoCon, the mobile journalism conference organised by RTÉ in late March, BBC […]