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    It would appear that Sam got the old heave ho from Denis because he was talking about Denis without his permission.

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    Today FM says decision to drop Smyth from show is not linked to court case



    TODAY FM has rejected claims that the decision to drop presenter Sam Smyth is linked to a court action taken against the journalist by the station’s controller businessman Denis O’Brien.
    The radio station announced yesterday that Smyth, who has been a presenter at Today FM and its predecessor Radio Ireland for 14 years, is to be replaced by Anton Savage.
    The National Union of Journalists has criticised the decision, saying it raised questions about the editorial independence of the station.
    Smyth is reported to be considering taking legal action against the radio station.
    A statement from the Today FM board issued yesterday afternoon said that it fully supported the decision by chief executive Willie O’Reilly to drop Smyth but denied it had anything to do with the journalist’s relationship to Mr O’Brien.
    The board said it had issued the statement in response to “false and misleading media speculation” about its decision to replace the presenter.
    “The board wishes to state the decision in relation to the Sunday Show has been taken to address the decline in listenership over several years,” it said.
    “The board fully endorses this and other decisions taken by the chief executive Willie O’Reilly in relation to programming. These decisions are essential to ensure the commercial viability of Today FM and maintain its strong positioning in the national radio market.”
    Earlier this month Smyth was awarded legal costs in the tens of thousands against Michael Lowry following his successful defence of a defamation action against him by the Tipperary North TD, arising from reports linked to the Moriarty tribunal.
    Mr O’Brien is also pursuing legal action against the journalist over comments he made on the TV3 show Tonight with Vincent Browne , and in an article in the Irish Independent .
    The tribunal’s second and final report, which was published in March, found that Mr Lowry had assisted Mr O’Brien in his bid to secure a mobile phone contract for Esat Digifone.
    At the start of his show yesterday, Smyth said he had been instructed by management not to mention the decision to axe the show. When one of his guests did attempt to bring up the issue the presenter said, “before someone comes downstairs and pulls a wire we better move onto something else”.
    In addition to Today FM, Mr O’Brien’s Communicorp Group owns a number of other radio stations in Ireland including Dublin’s 98, Newstalk and Spin 1038.
    He is a shareholder in Independent News Media, which publishes the Irish Independent , where Smyth also works.
    Attempts yesterday to contact Mr O’Brien for comment were unsuccessful.
    Last edited by The Word Is Born; 28-May-2015, 23:46. Reason: Topic Expansion
    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

    #2
    Almost worthy of Fox News. I quite liked that radio program, hopefully someone else will pick it up.

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      #3
      Pity that enjoyed listening to that show. Hadn't realised how many radio stations Mr. O'Brien owns in Ireland.
      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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        #4
        Would love if Smyth sues them but O'Brien has very deep pockets, it must be eating into O'Brien that he cant do the same to Smyth at INM.
        O'Brien's recent appearance at the Economic Forum was a joke, he is a tax exile and the subject of damning findings and comments at the Moriarty Tribunal, his ex partner, Barry Maloney did not attend because of his presence.
        One can only speculate at how he would wield power at INM, if he gets full control, Lowry will become a columnist like O'Dea, but you can be certain he will be far more dictatorial than O'Reilly.
        O'Brien could do something useful and help revive his rugby club, Wanderers, the chappies lie at the bottom of Div 2B, believe he played prop there, certainly has the size Buckleyesque like.

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          #5
          This makes me sick to my ****ing stomach. Hopefully RTE and TV3 (Vinne Brown) will run with this, and that Cooper and even Ray D'Arcy will be nailed by somebody on their opinions on Smith's treatment. The coverage of this Moriarty report on Newstalk was embarrassing and put me off the station for a good while.

          Surprised he isn't giving the job to Sarah Carey, although i'm sure he's after sorting the tramp some way or another.

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            #6
            Fair play to Dunphy for calling bull**** on this.

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              #7
              Fair play to Dunphy. This is a huge story that deserves to be headline news in my view. O'Brien is acting like Rupert Murdoch here.

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                #8
                Unfortunately, the only people TodayFM will listen are their owners and their advertisers - if you advertise with Today FM, you may want to think about your future ad plans.....

                From Broadsheet.ie

                Eamon Dunphy holds forth on Sam Smyth’s dismissal from his “Sunday Supplement” show on TodayFM.
                Caution: may cause offence to portly, tax-exile billionaires.
                This should be listened to in conjunction with Sam Smyth’s “Sunday Supplement”, where his paper review yesterday included headlines which report on his sacking. This is swiftly followed by the revelation that TodayFM’s policy of discussing Denis O’Brien must first be cleared by the station’s CEO, Willie O’Reilly.
                Sam has no such clearance…unlike Justine McCarthy who pitches in at about 4:20.


                http://media.todayfm.com/podcast/3790


                Last edited by Blindsider.; 18-October-2011, 09:15.
                Trust is good; control is better. V I Lenin.

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                  #9
                  Dunphy has walked from Newstalk, again. At least this time it is a matter of principle.

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                  Dunphy launches attack on O'Brien

                  Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy today accused businessman Denis O'Brien of "hating journalism" during his show on Newstalk, a radio station owned by the entrepreneur's Communicorp group.
                  Dunphy, who announced he was quitting his job at the station this weekend, claimed that Newstalk staff were being "intimidated and blackguarded".
                  His comments come after he told the Irish Daily Star yesterday that he was leaving Newstalk due to “management interference".
                  Mr Dunphy said the station was a "very inhospitable atmosphere for journalists to work in". He also alleged that journalists had been encouraged to “put a positive spin on the news agenda".
                  The broadcaster's decision to leave Newstalk is also reportedly linked to Sam Smyth’s departure from Today FM, which is also owned by Communicorp.
                  Today FM has rejected claims that the decision to drop Smyth is linked to a court action taken against the journalist by Mr O’Brien.
                  The radio station announced recently that Smyth, who has been a presenter at Today FM and its predecessor Radio Ireland for 14 years, is to be replaced by Anton Savage. Today FM chief executive Willie O'Reilly said the decision to drop Smyth was due to declining listenership figures.
                  Recent JNLR figures show that the number of listeners to Sam Smyth on Sunday has fallen from 106,000 to 92,000 over the past year.
                  Mr O’Brien is pursuing legal action against the journalist over comments he made on the TV3 show Tonight with Vincent Browne, and in an article in the Irish Independent.
                  The National Union of Journalists criticised the decision to remove Smyth from Today FM, saying it raised questions about the editorial independence of the station.
                  A number of senators also raised the issue of Smyth's removal during a debate in the Seanad earlier this month.
                  Mr O’Brien’s Communicorp owns a number of other radio stations in Ireland, including Dublin’s 98, and Spin 1038.
                  He is also a shareholder in Independent News Media, which publishes the Irish Independent and the Sunday Independent .
                  The businessman has accused the Sunday Independent of defaming him in two recent articles, one of which reported on the decision by Today FM to remove Smyth's show from its schedule.
                  The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                    #10
                    Pity about Dunphy. His show was the radio highlight of the week, largely thanks to the high quality of the guests and the shows tight focus (usually on economics).
                    I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
                    HL Mencken

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                      #11
                      Me thinks a certain person has too many links into the Irish media. Time for it to be stopped and he should be forced to sell off some of his empire.
                      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post

                        Dunphy has walked from Newstalk, again. At least this time it is a matter of principle.

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                        Yep - and here's the principle: http://twitter.com/#!/FrankSunTimes Dunphy tells ST that Newstalk cut his salary in half before he walked the plank and complains about its yellow pack culture.
                        New infraction avoidance policy: a post may be described as imbecilic, but its author should never be described as an imbecile.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Old Dog View Post
                          Yep - and here's the principle: http://twitter.com/#!/FrankSunTimes Dunphy tells ST that Newstalk cut his salary in half before he walked the plank and complains about its yellow pack culture.
                          That link not showing what you claim as far as l can establish?
                          Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                            #14
                            It's well down the list of tweets from the 29th October.
                            The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post
                              It's well down the list of tweets from the 29th October.
                              Thanks found it. Some tweet from some air head. What does the air head do in real life?
                              Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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