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    bogman424 bogman424 is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reck-less View Post
    Take a look at the Irish Times today, Wednesday, August 8, 2012, which is also available online, (sorry I can’t post links yet), for an article entitled “TCH rejects claim in High Court of its 'perilous' finances”.
    I worked in 2 TCH titles in the last 18 months and to say staff moral is low would be an understatement. The recent publicity in the High Court (see above) just shows the state this organisation is in. Previously I worked for another large media group where I thought moral and management/staff respect was low and hence the reason I left but it was out of the frying pan and into the fire. There is no communication in TCH, lack of understanding of newspapers by management, no forward planning and accountant led slashing leading to recent ABC results which show the Examiner/Business Post and Echo recording the largest circulation decreases/
    Those at the helm of TCH, from board to management need to be removed as under their guidance this company will ultimately go under
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    Interesting to get that insider's perspective, BM.

    The half-yearly circulation figures for the whole industry were released last week and they were absolutely horrendous.

    Sales of daily titles were down over 7% in total, and the Sunday papers were off by more than 8%.

    Falls in circulation are nothing new, but the trend seems to be accelerating.

    I really fear for what the Irish newspaper market will look like a few years from now.
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    I dont believe the circulation figures

    I dont believe "returns" are factored in.

    There is always a massive pile of Sindo`s left over here in Castleknock. Not enough FF over 60s.
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    dunne's store have started selling the examiner and evening echo again,was there some dispute between dunne's and tch that resulted in these title not being sold in dunnes the last few years?
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    I 've become disappointed by the SBP recently.
    There is a lot of PR and puff.

    To me swallowing PR lines. Absolutely no basic investigative journalism, the bread and butter of Sunday titles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by disgruntled citizen View Post
    dunne's store have started selling the examiner and evening echo again,was there some dispute between dunne's and tch that resulted in these title not being sold in dunnes the last few years?
    This seems to have been resolved in recent times but it all came from TCH being thick and not agreeing to a new payment system Dunnes introduced. At my time with one of their titles the fall off in circulation in Dunnes in general was crazy, probably about 800 per week - all because a senior executive in the TCH group would not agree - like all other newspapers did - to the new system.
    This stubbornnes is the reason they are in where they are right now.
    Talk in the industry at present is that the CEO of the Roscommon Hearld is going after TCH for unfair dismissal and that the whole TCH debacle will come out in open court! Interesting times ahead
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    The Irish Examiner's editorial policy has not helped it in recent times. There have been at least two crises of reputation because of its stridently pro austerity line. It published an editorial approving the outrageous suggestion made by the President of UCC that measures aimed at helping less well off people into university were detracting from the opportunities of better off people whom it was implied were likely to be brighter and more deserving. They also published another outrageous piece by a psychologist who claimed that the neurological condition known as autism was all a matter of bad parenting skills. This resulted in a huge backlash against the paper.

    The Irish Examiner has also been relentless in its criticism of the public sector. This cannot have endeared it to the large numbers of people who work in that sector who would be obliged regularly to read about how overpaid and pampered they are, with massive pensions etc when in fact the vast majority are paid very little and many do not have any entitlement to pensions. A bit of a turn off to say the least. Around budget time the paper specialises in 'this is going to hurt you more than it will hurt me' style editorials. In fact after one swingeing budget an editorial writer described a feeling of satisfaction at what was being done.
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    Following on from a piece in Thursdays Irish Times whereby it was suggested the TCH owned Evening Echo may close, it is know internally in the compny that the number crunchers that run the group are planning to close the Saturday edition and scale back the number of days the Echo is published. Also last week a number of TCH companies were struck off the companies (Carlow and Western People related)register - probably voluntarily - but perhaps a clean up operation for bigger things to come in this failing group??
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    Does anyone know why last Friday's "Staff Briefing" was cancelled in TCH HQ in Lapps Quay and as importantly - what was to be announced?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blacbloc View Post
    The Irish Examiner's editorial policy has not helped it in recent times. There have been at least two crises of reputation because of its stridently pro austerity line. It published an editorial approving the outrageous suggestion made by the President of UCC that measures aimed at helping less well off people into university were detracting from the opportunities of better off people whom it was implied were likely to be brighter and more deserving. They also published another outrageous piece by a psychologist who claimed that the neurological condition known as autism was all a matter of bad parenting skills. This resulted in a huge backlash against the paper.

    The Irish Examiner has also been relentless in its criticism of the public sector. This cannot have endeared it to the large numbers of people who work in that sector who would be obliged regularly to read about how overpaid and pampered they are, with massive pensions etc when in fact the vast majority are paid very little and many do not have any entitlement to pensions. A bit of a turn off to say the least. Around budget time the paper specialises in 'this is going to hurt you more than it will hurt me' style editorials. In fact after one swingeing budget an editorial writer described a feeling of satisfaction at what was being done.
    ...and the cozy deal between FF,FG and the Yellow Party to ensure passage of the Troika budget in 2010 resulting in protection for political pay and conditions couldn't be mentioned by the 'Cork' Examiner for fear of upsetting their FG buddies.
    'Da paper' isn't a newspaper, it is a parochial rag.
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