February’s Media Movements


The media industry is constantly changing, and with people moving jobs, retiring, and leaving the industry on a daily basis it sometimes can be difficult to keep up.

Here at MediaHQ, we try to make it easier for you to stay on top of the ever changing world of media as our dedicated research team update our newsfeed multiple times a day.

Below are some of the Irish media movements that have taken place over the month of February:

Aidan Power is the new sports presenter for Weekend AM

Virgin Media Television have announced Aidan Power as a new Sports Presenter for Weekend AM. Aidan is no stranger to presenting and has covered a number of high profile sporting events for RTÉ – including the Rugby World Cup, The Heineken Cup, The Golf Open, the Olympics and more.

Paul Melia has left the Irish Independent

Paul Melia, Environment Editor with the Irish Independent, left the role to become policy adviser to Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Paul had worked with the newspaper since 1999.

Latest JNLR listenership figures released

The JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening was published this month, covering the 12-month period from January to December 2018. There were some impressive numbers for both Newstalk and Today FM which experienced gains across their prime-time slots resulting in record audience numbers. A more comprehensive list of figures can be viewed on the BAI website.

 Deborah Naylor appointed Courts Reporter with Virgin Media News.

Deborah Naylor has been appointed to the role of Courts Reporter last week, Deborah was previously a producer with 3News.

Julian O’Neill appointed BBC Northern Ireland’s Home Affairs Correspondent

Julian O’Neill takes over from Vincent Kearney who started his new role as the Northern Ireland Correspondent for RTÉ News this month.

Bobby’s Late Breakfast comes to an end at Newstalk

Bobby Kerr is stepping down from his Late Breakfast show which airs each Sunday on Newstalk. However Bobby has signed a new two-year contract to continue to host ‘The Down to Business’ programme each Saturday from 10am -12noon.

Aisling Kenny has left Morning Ireland

Aisling Kenny will no longer report for RTÉ’s Morning Ireland but will continue with the State Broadcaster as a political reporter.

Jill Kerby has joined the Sunday Business Post with a new ‘Money’ column.

Jill Kerby has been a columnist for The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Business & Finance Magazine and will now lend her financial expertise to the The Sunday Business Post.

Fiona Mitchell to leave RTÉ in July

Fiona Mitchell, RTÉ’s London correspondent, will finish her posting in July according to Colette Sexton of the Sunday Business Post.

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