Archive for June, 2005

RTÉ authority, reprise

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

It seems I may have been unduly harsh in my initial comments on the new RTÉ Authority. The press release announcing the authority provides further biographical details that shows several more of the members have at least some broadcasting experience. Oh, and can I take the opportunity to complain about the ...

TG4 independence moves forward

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

The plan to establish TG4 as a fully independent body - as discussed on funferal previously - is moving forward with the announcement that advisors have been appointed by the government to work on the project. The plan is for a report to government in the Autumn.

DTT for Ireland

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Word today of government plans for a Digital Terrestrial Television trial in Ireland. What's significant is that it seems that the trial is being conducted by the government itself, separate from RTÉ's technical subsidiary - though RTÉ could (and probably will) tender for the network and transmission elements. What will ...

One Thousand and counting

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

A minor landmark - my post earlier today about community radio licensing was the thousandth to be added to funferal. I think a small number have been removed over time, for various reasons, but with the flurry of news items today we're definitely over the thousand mark now. Thanks to ...

New RTÉ Authority announced

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

The new RTÉ Authority has been announced. It is to be chaired by the head of a sports, sponsorship and events management company, Fintan Drury.Other members include Maria Killian, a consultant human resources manager, Patricia King, a SIPTU regional secretary, Ian Malcolm, a PhD student and journalist, Patrick Marron, a ...

Healthcare in the USA

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

In today's Daily Illini there's another installment in their series on binge-drinking among students. Right on the front page of the newspaper there's a quote from a student:Paramedics tested Siah's blood alcohol content and said that he needed to go to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Before they could get ...

Outsourcing America

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Not much fun for the American workers concerned, but beautifully symbolic - the Voice of America is outsourcing overnight news operations to Hong Kong.

Irish community radio licensing

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

News from the BCI today includes that they will tomorrow:place advertisements in the national and regional press seeking expressions of interest in the provision of eighteen community and community of interest radio services nationally. This phase incorporates the beginning of the re-licensing process for thirteen existing community and community of ...

Problems with Irish voting register

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

I meant to post about this earlier, but I think my draft got lost in a computer crash. I first heard about the story thanks to my mother, who provides me with a very efficient media monitoring service on the various issues in which I'm interested. The story was also ...

Minor site changes

Monday, June 27th, 2005

I've made a number of changes to the funferal site in recent days. I've updated the listing of RSS feeds to which I subscribe - including the Irish language An t-Imeall (the edge/border) to which I linked in a recent post. I've also been experimenting with various additional styles for use ...