Media podcast by TV-and-radio producer/director Pat O'Mahony in conjunction with his Off Message media blog based on personal experience and coffee-fuelled observation
Episode 16: Jon Williams
In Off Message #16 Jon Williams, Managing Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs, discusses over the internet with broadcaster Pat O'Mahony the massive changes RTÉ have implemented in the face of the Covid19 crisis, the lengths they've gone to to deal with any mental health issues their employees might now have, the unprecedented financial hit RTÉ and all other media organisations are currently taking, his own fascinating pre-RTÉ career, and loads more.
Episode 15: Tom Lyons & Ian Kehoe
In Off Message #15 Ian Kehoe and Tom Lyons, the pair behind the new Irish business-news website, The Currency, discuss with Pat O'Mahony the ethos of their new venture and their plans for its long term future, the need for more diversity in the media, why being banned by Communicorp's radio stations was such a big deal, and loads more.
Episode 14: Trust Me, I'm A Journalist
Has the media lost our trust? If so, what can it do to regain it? More importantly, should we ever actually fully trust our media?
On the night of the pivotal Ireland-Denmark Euro 2020 qualifier down the road in the Aviva Stadium, a quartet of the good and the great of Irish media gathered in Whelan's on Dublin's Wexford St as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival to discuss and debate with Off Message's Pat O'Mahony perhaps the most important issue of a business they would all see as vital to the well-being of society yet one which has long been in a state of turmoil, explaining why trust in the Fourth Estate is currently at an all time low, exploring the very real impacts this lack of trust in our media is having on everything from politics to climate change to vaccinations uptake, suggesting ways in which that trust might be restored, and arguing the toss about whether we should even trust the mainstream media in the first place.
- Mark Little, CEO and co-founder of Kinzen, formerly managing director of Twitter in Ireland, CEO and founder of Storyful and RTÉ Prime Time co-presenter
- Jane Suiter, Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) and Associate Professor at the School of Communications, DCU, formerly Economics Editor at the Irish Times
- Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chief Commercial Officer at Maximum Media (home of JOE, her, Sports JOE and Her Family), formerly Features Editor at the Irish Daily Mail
- Gavan Reilly, Political correspondent with Virgin Media News, host of On The Record on Newstalk FM and columnist with the Meath Chronicle, formerly political correspondent at Newstalk and Today FM and journalist at TheJournal.ie
Episode 13: Baz Ashmawy
The thirteenth - lucky for us - Off Message podcast is with Baz Ashmawy, of '50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy' fame. In his central Dublin office he revealed the exact moment he knew a suit-wearing career in recruitment was not for him, the shock of being shut out of RTÉ, how subsequently not getting a radio gig was more than likely a blessing in disguise, knowing when an idea's time is up, and loads more.
Episode 12: Lise Hand
Off Message #12 features political writer, Lise Hand, soon to be ex- of the Times Ireland edition parish. In Buswells Hotel, across the road from her major work haunt of Leinster House in Dublin, and in many ways over the years her office away from her office, she came clean on the life of the political hack, the impact of social media on the world she covers, the downside of the closure of local newspapers, why the Times Ireland is closing and how she's dealing with it, and much much more.
Episode 11: Seamus Dooley
For the 11th media-curious Off Message podcast I dropped into the NUJ's Irish HQ in Dublin to talk all things media with the Irish Secretary of the journalists' trade union, Seamus Dooley, including the recent shooting dead of freelancer Lyra McKee in Derry, the lack of genuine media ownership diversity, their ongoing campaigns, fixing trust in journalism, why he thinks all journalists should join the NUJ, and loads more.