Archive for May, 2005

Deep Throat finally uncovered

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

So Deep Throat has gone public. The famous source was Deputy FBI Director Mark Felt.That means, incidentally, that the UIUC investigative journalism class got it wrong when they concluded it was Fred Fielding, Deputy Counsel to Nixon. Somehow I don't think that should detract too much, though, from the student ...

Test postI’m trying out a

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

I'm trying out a Dashboard widget, Dashblog, which will allow me to upload posts without opening Safari. The earlier version didn't work for me - hopefully I'll have better luck with this one.

SRH buys Donegal radio station

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

It appears that the BCI have approved Scottish Radio Holdings' takeover of Highland Radio. If this proposal is approved by the Competition Authority and the Minister for Enterprise they will own three stations in Ireland. Interestingly, this case raises an issue that I drew attention to last December. SRH describe their ...

A message in a bottle

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

It was only last week that I was thinking of the time I threw a 'message in a bottle' from a ship - actually I think I may have thrown 2-3 bottles overboard. I think it was about a year later that I got a letter from a young girl ...

Labour conference endorses pact concept

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

I have to say I agree with Tommy Broughan. I haven't heard yet what's happening with the EU constitution issue. Update: It seems the two motions dealing with the party's position on the constitution will be dealt with tomorrow morning (in the session that no one attends - at my last ...

Religious broadcasting in Ireland

Friday, May 27th, 2005

Ireland doesn't currently have any religious broadcasters - though RTÉ does carry various christian services on Sunday - but it's a major target, at present, of those looking to change that. I've previously posted on the (failed) application by a church group in Galway that receives the bulk of its ...

Tearing up the rule book – why the ‘nuclear option’ is so significant and so wrong

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

There is so much of concern at the moment - the 'war on terror', rendition and torture of prisoners for one thing, the shameful response to the Uzbeki massacre for another (word was that the EU would issue harsh words today but not cancel its co-operation agreement with Uzbekistan) - ...

Seattle radio in trouble

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Jonathan Lawson of Reclaim the Media points to the danger being faced by Seattle high-school station KNHC. Unlike previous cases I've covered previously this time the danger is from the school district itself which faces a large budget shortfall and is considering selling the station. In a sign of the ...

More job losses in Galway

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Once again there's bad news on the jobs front from Galway with Crown Engineering announcing that their plant - just a few hundred yards from where I grew up - will close next year with the loss of 150 jobs. I'm not sure if or why we are meant to ...

Sterilization of Roma women

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

It seems that forced sterilization may not be a thing of the past for Roma women in the Czech Republic.