Willie O'Reilly

Willie O'Reilly

Raising some hackles is  the price of being a hack

Raising some hackles is the price of being a hack

It’s no harm for a newbie columnist like me to have an occasional reminder of how easy it is to upset somebody

A second helping of six of the best

A second helping of six of the best

Last week, I focused on six individuals and events that shaped the media and marketing world in 2018. Now, here are six more

Six of the best, part one

Six of the best, part one

In this and next week’s columns, I reflect on 12 seasonal developments that have had a big impact on audiences and media in general. Here are my first half-dozen

Watching telly with your distractingly smart friend

Watching telly with your distractingly smart friend

An incredible 99 per cent of us have our mobiles beside us when in front of the box, which puts it up to advertisers during the ad break

Has RTÉ hit a tipping point?

Has RTÉ hit a tipping point?

RTÉ’s autumn schedule is not doing the business, and there are likely to be further losses unless a solution is found

Figuring out the market

Figuring out the market

The Irish advertising market is difficult to measure, while Brexit and general uncertainty continue to hold it back

For years, Garrett Harte was the guiding hand behind Newstalk, shaping its tone and weathering its controversies. But his next career move took him all the way to north Africa

For years, Garrett Harte was the guiding hand behind Newstalk, shaping its tone and weathering its controversies. But his next career move took him all the way to north Africa

In the 1980s, getting a job in any aspect of media was seen as the beginning of a lifelong career...

An Garda Síochána emerged humiliated from RTÉ’s Maurice McCabe exposé

An Garda Síochána emerged humiliated from RTÉ’s Maurice McCabe exposé

RTÉ aired its two-part documentary Whistleblower: Maurice McCabe last Monday and Tuesday evening...

An Garda Síochána emerged humiliated from RTÉ’s Maurice McCabe exposé

An Garda Síochána emerged humiliated from RTÉ’s Maurice McCabe exposé

It was powerful and moving television, and a credit to its publisher and producers. The story has been in the public domain for years, but the careful editing and the McCabes’ testimony gave it a new emotional force, that of outrage

Media veteran Graham Taylor on stingy fees, the impersonal touch and taking social media with a pinch of salt

Media veteran Graham Taylor on stingy fees, the impersonal touch and taking social media with a pinch of salt

For 35 years Taylor showed that being small can be beautiful and that you can run a successful business without being always concerned about scale

Texting has been ubiquitous for years. But I was present at its birth in Ireland

Texting has been ubiquitous for years. But I was present at its birth in Ireland

It’s increasingly difficult to remember that there was a time when texting didn’t exist. A ti...

A to-do list for the new communications minister

A to-do list for the new communications minister

Richard Bruton is in danger of having greatness thrust upon him, if he deals with just a few outstanding media matters

Alive!, a free Catholic tabloid that has been an often unwanted staple of many Irish people’s mailboxes for years, is not for the faint-hearted

Alive!, a free Catholic tabloid that has been an often unwanted staple of many Irish people’s mailboxes for years, is not for the faint-hearted

Junk mail? I’m not a fan, but I haven’t put that ‘No Junk Mail’ notice on my letterbox ye...

Chris Cary deserves his place in radio's Hall of Fame

Chris Cary deserves his place in radio's Hall of Fame

It took a rogue to blaze a trail for independent radio in Ireland

Constant gambling messaging has to stop

Constant gambling messaging has to stop

With so much gambling advertising prominent in the media today, is it now time to fold?