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# GE11
TV3 outlines plans for leaders’ election debate
The commercial broadcaster wants to hold a three-way leaders’ debate, with the heads of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.
# Sexism
Sky football pundits in hot water over ‘sexist chat'
The Mail on Sunday audio records men sounding like Richard Keys and Andy Gray, making sexist remarks about a female linesman.
# iPhone
Slideshow: Top 10 paid iPhone apps - ever!
Angry Birds fans may be surprised to see the hit game isn’t right at the top…
RTE refuse to confirm they are planning rival show to Vincent Browne
Nothing has been decided yet says RTE as it gears up for “wide-ranging” programming to cover the general election.
# Advertising
The weirdest places to advertise and still have an impact (Gallery)
Check out this slideshow of odd advertising places, from outer space to egg shells.
# Media
Almost 100 journalists killed because of their work in 2010
Two news media staff a week died last year – and most were local journalists reporting on corruption and crime in their own back yard.
# The kingdom
Last edition for The Kingdom newspaper as 11 jobs lost
Presses to run one last time on local Kerry paper, the second newspaper to shut down here in a week.
# Media
Fox News president urges left and right to tone down rhetoric (Photos, video)
Palin refutes alleged role of rhetoric in the Arizona shooting as right-aligned news organisation chief points out that the Democrats used a target map a few years ago.
# Media
Former BBC presenter wins age discrimination case
Ex-Countryfile presenter Miriam O’Reilly has won an employment tribunal against the BBC on the grounds of ageism, following her dismissal when the programme was moved to a primetime slot.
# Election 2011
TV3 wants end to broadcast media blackout prior to election
The TV station makes submission to BAI claiming 48-hour moratorium goes against free speech guarantees.
# Amazon
Amazon temporarily pulls book advising ways to manipulate the site
Ebook author says his publication was withdrawn by the website which had refused to remove a controversial paedophile’s guide from their listings two months ago.
# Phone Hacking
News of the World suspends editor over phone hacking
Ian Edmondson, the paper’s assistant news editor, is suspended as part of investigations into the newspaper’s phone hacking.
# TV3
TV3 reports ‘unbelievable’ December viewing figures
The audience for last night’s Apprentice wasn’t its highest, but the station still saw 1.12 million tune in for the X Factor.
RTÉ prepares defence of website for Oireachtas committee
The national broadcaster will tell a committee this week that the prominence of its website is not an abuse of its remit.
# Fintan O'Toole
Fintan O'Toole launches political reform petition online
Journalist has already clocked up over 900 followers on Twitter.
# Johnston Press
Journalists at regional papers to go on strike
Staff at papers owned by Johnston Press will protest at the introduction of a new editorial system.
# Media
Deal finally agreed between Newsweek and the Daily Beast
Two-year-old website agrees new deal with 77-year-old print publication.
# Phantom FM
Denis O'Brien rumoured to have taken over Phantom
The BAI gives Communicorp the green light to take over the alt-music station – which has moved in with Today FM and Newstalk.
TV3 may retain cúpla focal for minor GAA finals
The commercial broadcaster picks up the rights to the minor finals – but says it’s considering retaining the Gaeilge commentary.
RTÉ names former TV boss as new director-general
Noel Curran, who left RTÉ in May to work privately, will succeed Cathal Goan as the head of the national broadcaster.
BBC faces blackout as journalists strike
The BBC’s director general makes an 11th hour appeal – but the two day strike looks set to go ahead regardless.
# Paywall
Times reveals readership numbers behind online paywall
The Times and Sunday Times give the first indication of how many people have subscribed to the online editions.
# Media
Blasphemy law pushes Ireland from first to tenth in press index
The 2010 Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index sees several EU countries fall, including Ireland.
# The Irish Times
Irish Times loses €27.9m after ad revenue crumbles
Irish Times Ltd saw a loss of €27.9m in 2009, as turnover fell – but the loss is still less than that of 2008.
# Newspaper Industry
Sign of the Times: NYT has twice as many Twitter followers as print subscribers
Like many newspaper, the NYT has a great online brand – if only it could do something about that unwieldy print business.
# Ryder Cup
Paddy Power appeal for campaign to save ad hoardings
The bookie placed a ‘Hollywood’-style boarding within view of a tee box – and is annoyed it’s being torn down.
# TechCrunch
AOL confirms acquisition of Techcrunch
# TechCrunch
AOL considering takeover bid for TechCrunch
The internet conglomerate is reported to be in discussions to acquire the high-profile technology news blog.
UK regulator upholds Balding sexuality slur complaint
The BBC Sport presenter has been referred to as a ‘dyke on a bike’ by AA Gill in a Sunday Times review.
# Televison
'Daybreak' loses a fifth of its viewers in a week
Viewer figures dip drastically within days for ITV1′s new breakfast show.
# Diaspora
Open source alternative to Facebook releases source code
‘Diaspora’, a social network which aims to transparently guard users’ privacy in a way Facebook doesn’t, unveils itself.
No decision on proposed News Corp takeover of BSkyB
The British government has yet to make a decision on whether to allow the full takeover amid monopoly concerns.
# Alex Ferguson
BBC concedes defeat over Fergie boycott
The controller of Radio 5 Live says there’s little the BBC can do to make Alex Ferguson take part in post-match interviews.
# Twitter
Israel pays Twitter user six-figure sum for his name
Spaniard Israel Meléndez has sold his @Israel username to the Jewish state for an eye-watering “five zero” sum.
# Heineken Cup
Ryan's free-to-air rugby plan faces new criticism
Eamon Ryan’s proposal that Heineken Cup games be free-to-air is criticised by the former chair of the Competition Authority.
# TV3
Ivan Yates 'would like' to succeed Browne on TV3
Ivan would be keen to continue substituting for Vincent Browne – though other presenters got higher ratings.
# Irish Economy
The internet asks: why no coverage of the bond crisis?
The cost of borrowing balloons as the world fears Ireland could be the next country to fold. But why so little coverage?