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Jobs lost as several regional newspapers close

The Rivermedia newspaper group is to close three of its titles – The Meath Post, The Cavan Post and The Sligo Post.

A company spokesman said that: ‘Following an extensive review of the business and in the light of the continuing poor performance of the local advertising market, the Board of River Media has agreed a restructuring plan that includes the closure of three loss making titles and a decision to invest in and further develop our six profitable titles.’

The Rivermedia group also own The Derry News, The County Derry Post, The Inish Times, The Letterkenny Post, The Donegal Post and The Kildare Post.


It’s understood that up to 20 full and part time jobs will be lost as a result of the closure of the three newspapers in Cavan, Sligo and Meath.

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UK readers continue to flock online for daily news


Consumers continue to move online for news, with nearly all national newspaper websites showing growth in traffic year on year in September.

 The MailOnline saw a huge leap of 74% in its unique users according to ABC figures for the month of September. The site has become a haven for readers searching for celebrity led content and now has an average of 30m users each day.

The Mirror saw its traffic jump 58% to 8.9m users. This is in contrast with a fall in circulation for the print edition of the daily paper of 9% in September.

The Sun online was up 47% for its unique users in the month. News International’s broadsheet title, The Times however, fell 8% year on year making it the worst performing national newspaper website in September.

The climbed 42% in users, giving it a daily average of 32.9m users, the biggest of any national newspaper site. The print title was down 10% in the month however.

The Telegraph online showed a 36% increase in users in September taking it to an average of 31m users.

All in all September showed a healthier market for national news papers. While all print titles, excluding the Daily Star and the Daily Star on Sunday, saw a decline in circulation, for most this was a single figure drop.

The Independent is still struggling to maintain circulation however, with a 16% fall in September for the daily edition and a 14% drop for its Sunday title. The Observer also saw a double digit fall of 15% and The Times only just crept into double digits with a 10% drop in circulation.

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Mail pulls ads as old media clashes with new


The Daily Mail online has pulled advertising running alongside a comment piece by Jan Moir, which has caused a furore over its statements relating to Boyzone singer Stephen Gately’s death.

There are no problems with ads on other pages on, but the banner, skyscraper and rich media placements on the article by Jan Moir now contain house ads.

There was never any doubt that a piece like this was going to cause controversy but its unclear who pulled the ads.

Little did Moir or her editors know that this piece would go nuclear across the social media and online world and cause such a spat between old media and new.

Of course, Moir is entitled to her opinion, free speech and all that and readers are just as entitled to have a go at her.

Moir believes that there is more to the death of Gately but she fails to back up her innuendo with any fact about the circumstances around the death.

Either way the piece caused enough of a stir for the Mail to take the drastic measures of removing the online ads in what is a classic example of old media versus new media.

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WWF controversial 9/11 ad – creatives sacked


This is the controversial ad that the Brazilian ad agency DDB ‘made on spec’  as part of a pitch but rejected by the WWF.

The newspaper advert features dozens of planes on a collision course for New York landmarks, beneath the slogan: “The tsunami killed 100 times more people than 9/11” and the environmental charity’s panda logo.

It was apparently intended to raise awareness of the greater dangers posed by environmental disasters like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, in comparison to terrorist attacks.

Reports claim hat it was published only once in a small Brazilian newspaper at the agency’s expense – apparently so that it would be eligible for awards. A video version of the advert has also been obtained by Gawker, the New York gossip blog .

This seems to be a complete overreaction to this ad. Yes 9/11 was a terrible outrage committed by terrorists. Yes natural disasters can be much worse than terrorist attacks but why whats wrong with the comparison? It seems that DDB sacked the creatives behind the ad even though the local office of the WWF signed-off on the ad. Hardly fair.

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Ben Dunne turns hack

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Hot on the heals of Bertie Ahern taking up a position as a columnist in an Irish tabloid, Ben Dunne has confirmed that he will be writing for the Irish Sun as part of their Value Campaign.

The campaign is a drive to strengthen consumer rights and empower people to take more control of their personal finances in the grip of the recession.

Every Saturday, Ben Dunne, low cost hero and former director of Dunnes Stores, will highlight the best deals around in his column, including ‘Ben’s Best Bargains of the Week’.

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Quinn sponsorship of Late Late Show – scaremongering by the Indo


The Sunday Independent published an article yesterday about how the Quinn Group sponsorship of the Late Late Show could be a conflict of interest in the event that the current affairs could have some difficulty discussing the banking crisis or other areas of business that the Quinn Group are involved in.

What rubbish!

If thats the case then surely any of the other RTE current affairs shows both radio and TV find it difficult to cover topics linked to any of RTE’s major sponsors/advertisers. Which brings me to my final point does the Independent Group have any issues of conflict of interest when covering similar topics while accepting advertising from financial instituitions.

It really was a slow news week.

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Daily Mail reckons robbers were tired

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If these guys were tired then possibly they were up much earlier than the Daily Mail.

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The Economist – Let your mind wonder

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Murdoch newspapers pay for cover-up


What a cracking piece of journalism over at the Guardian by veteran hack Nick Davies.

Davies has uncovered new information to prove that Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists’ repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.

The payments secured secrecy over out-of-court settlements in three cases that threatened to expose evidence of Murdoch journalists using private investigators who illegally hacked into the mobile phone messages of numerous public figures and to gain unlawful access to confidential personal data including tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills. Cabinet ministers, MPs, actors and sports stars were all targets of the private investigators.

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Blow Jobs in Belmullet

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