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    Controlling the s****

    Not too quietly, but without a great deal of fuss, NPR (National Public Radio), the American public radio network, killed commenting on its website in mid-August. In a statement announcing the change, the network explained that an analysis had revealed that only a fraction of one percent of their monthly 25 to 35 million audience […]

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    Wireless is Wiremore

    Rupert Murdoch’s proposed move to buy up the Wireless Group (formerly UTV’s non-television assets) as June drew to a close has livened up the stolid Irish radio market with the introduction of a sharp new player. The cash offer of 315p per share has added summer excitement to a radio market so settled in its […]

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    How the medium is changing the message

    Barely noticed, outside a few articles recalling its early days as pirate station Phantom, alternative music radio station TXFM announced at the end of March that it will shut down before year’s end. Unfortunately, despite a recent rebranding, TXFM was never able to attract more than 19,000 listeners according to JNLR surveys, a number which […]

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    Crying politically-correct Wolf.

    Note: This article has been updated since publication in May’s Village magazine. The Irish courts recently awarded €75,000 damages for a defamatory comment published on Facebook. Digital Rights Ireland described this judgment as a “wake-up call for a lot of people” that the law of the land also applies online. When did we reach this […]

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    GEMMAD as hell

    Independent investigative journalist, Gemma O’Doherty, has slammed a culture of fear in Irish newsrooms and a stifling environment, as media ownership is concentrated in fewer hands. Speaking at the the Newsocracy conference organised by MEP Nessa Childers in partnership with the Institute For Future Media and Journalism (FUJO) at Dublin City University, O’Doherty addressed the […]

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    Our Dependent Data Protection Commissioner

    A complaint to the European Commission about the lack of independence of the Irish data protection commissioner could cost the State thousands of euros in daily fines if upheld. POD, the Primary Online Database, wasn’t supposed to be a problem for the government. A single database maintained by the Department of Education containing the full […]

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