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    Newstalk selected to replace INN service - The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 17, 2009

    Perhaps I've missed a thread on this?

    INN, the news agency that provided news reports for 18 local radio stations has folded, and a six month contract to provide these services won by Denis O'Brien's Newstalk.

    O'Brien is not exactly a shrinking violet politically and spent part of the weekend laying in to Ireland's academic economists for their activities critiquing NAMA. He is also engaged in a very public feud with the Independent News and Media (of which he is a substantial shareholder). Independent News & Media board hits back hard at Denis O'Brien | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Newstalk brings a welcome to the drear establishment stodge of RTE news, and has run subtantial anti-NAMA coverage. However it also gives us the dubious right wing populist George Hook and his save the nation crusade tour. O'Brien benefitted massively from the sell of of national resources (telecoms) and is now the richest Irish born person.

    Whoever controls the press and news media has massive political influence. Any throughts about O'Brien's media activities and aspirations ?

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    Leave aside Mr O'Brien himself. Given O'Reilly, Murdoch and RTE did we need more concentration of ownership in our media? In a true republic this would not be allowed. The more independent voices the better. O'Brien's bullying of the academic economists is frightening. But a media oligarch can usually get his way and with much greater subtlety. As was aptly said of other media moguls:
    power without reponsibility, the prerogative of the whore throughout the ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cactusflower View Post
    Newstalk selected to replace INN service - The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 17, 2009

    Perhaps I've missed a thread on this?

    INN, the news agency that provided news reports for 18 local radio stations has folded, and a six month contract to provide these services won by Denis O'Brien's Newstalk.

    O'Brien is not exactly a shrinking violet politically and spent part of the weekend laying in to Ireland's academic economists for their activities critiquing NAMA. He is also engaged in a very public feud with the Independent News and Media (of which he is a substantial shareholder). Independent News & Media board hits back hard at Denis O'Brien | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Newstalk brings a welcome to the drear establishment stodge of RTE news, and has run subtantial anti-NAMA coverage. However it also gives us the dubious right wing populist George Hook and his save the nation crusade tour. O'Brien benefitted massively from the sell of of national resources (telecoms) and is now the richest Irish born person.

    Whoever controls the press and news media has massive political influence. Any throughts about O'Brien's media activities and aspirations ?
    I wouldn't worry too much about O' Brien, his influence is on the wane and Moriarity will shred him.
    As for Ireland's richest born man. Not a chance, this lad has been burning it at a rate of knots last two years. He is down the guts of a billion on his vanity trades in Indo and Aer Lingus and his roll out of Digicel across the Pacific is apparently in ribbons.
    The people who tell you O'Brien is worth gazillions are the same ones who told us Quinn is worth 5 billion.
    Strange how a man worth 5 billion couldnt meet a 300m margin call on Anglo, folded his position and the rest as we know it is history.
    We are a nation of ****************************************ters.
    O' Brien and O'Reilly between them might not have the price of a bag of crisps (and based on how difficult the Indo found it to raise funds, I suspect most abroad feel that is the case) but as usual we in Ireland know better, we just accept what Barry Egan tells us.

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    O'Brien backs Nama. O'Reilly backs FF. RTE backs Nama. The Irish Times is edited by a PD.

    I fear we are having a Potemkin debate on Nama - it is supposed to look real but really the outcome is not in doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberianpan View Post
    Time has come for action ... this degree of bad attitude unchecked ...will only invite worse

    Ireland's media silenced over MP's speech about Denis O'Brien | Media | The Guardian

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    So there it is. The owner of the bulk of Ireland’s media outlets is using an injunction to prevent reports on his affairs appearing in the rest of the media he doesn’t control.

    Clearly, there are questions to ask about the press freedom implications due to Ireland’s lack of media plurality and diversity.
    "It is important therefore that I clarify to the House that in the first instance there are significant monies within Anglo-Irish to take the strain of loan losses arising over the next three or four years, before State support is engaged." Brian Lenihan 15/01/09

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    which is precisely the reason Nessa Childers is hosting conference on Friday entitled

    Newsocracy: Safeguarding Journalism and exploring owner influence
    A conference hosted by Nessa Childers MEP

    Friday 3rd June – Radisson Blu, Dublin 8

    This all-day conference will question the concept of media diversity and ownership in both online and traditional print media – and explore the implications for traditional notions of democratic accountability and journalistic independence.

    To seek an answer to these questions and explore issues around ownership and challenges presented by online news sources two pieces of research will be launched on the day. The research undertaken by Nessa Childers in partnership with the Institute For Future Media and Journalism (FUJO / DCU) examines the relationship between large media shareholders and media content through coverage of four major news stories in Ireland between the years 2012 to 2015 – and the second piece of research looks at how social media affects different news organisations differently through a series of interviews with these organisations to find out about their experiences

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    newsocracy | Nessa Childers MEP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eamonn76 View Post
    O'Brien backs Nama. O'Reilly backs FF. RTE backs Nama. The Irish Times is edited by a PD.

    I fear we are having a Potemkin debate on Nama - it is supposed to look real but really the outcome is not in doubt.
    What a prescient comment from 7 years ago.

    I'm looking at independent.ie right now and still no sign of a mention of the 2 Nama arrests in the North.

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    Is it Denis`s birthday today ?

    About 7 threads bumped about the great entrepeneur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    Is it Denis`s birthday today ?

    About 7 threads bumped about the great entrepeneur.
    He's a lot of things. Not sure about entrepreneur.
    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    He is a large employer I believe.

    Is it 1,000 - 2,000 - 5,000 - 10,000 in Ireland alone ?

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