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Ogilvy calling young creatives for Portfolio Night

ADVERTISING and communications agency Ogilvy Group is to host the Dublin leg of Portfolio Night 10 for the third year running.

The night, described as "the world's largest simultaneous advertising portfolio review event", will take place in Ogilvy's Dublin offices on Wednesday, May 23.

Devised by Toronto-based ihaveanidea.org, the event sees thousands of aspiring young advertising copywriters, art directors and designers meet with the industry's renowned advertising creative directors in a fast-paced evening of advice, networking and recruitment.

The 10th Portfolio Night will be held simultaneously in over 20 cities around the world, from Montreal to Mumbai, where young creatives will present their portfolios to experienced pros, who will offer advice and guidance to them as they begin their careers in the industry.

In Dublin, the event will take place at Ogilvy's offices at 6 Ely Place, Dublin 2. It is being supported by The Institute of Creative Advertising and Design (ICAD), which is reaching out to its members.

In a setting similar to 'speed-dating,' each participant will receive three 15-minute portfolio-review sessions with three of the country's most prominent creative directors, who will offer them advice on improving their portfolios.

The evening will also provide useful networking opportunities in break-out sessions organised on the night.

Speaking at the launch of Portfolio Night 10, Ogilvy Dublin MD Dave Smyth said: "We are delighted to host Portfolio Night for the third time.

"The past two years have shown us both the incredible support from our industry colleagues and the enormous appetite from the aspiring creatives for this valuable opportunity."

More details, including how to get tickets, are available at portfolionight.com.

Split the public service charge -- IBI

THE proposed public-service broadcasting charge should be split out among RTE and other broadcasters, the chairman of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland has said.

Addressing the group's annual conference, IBI chairman Scott Williams said: "A study of our members' output shows that independent radio is delivering the equivalent of 55 days of public-service broadcasting every week.

"These figures demonstrate in the strongest possible terms that independent broadcasters are meeting the needs of Irish listeners for news, entertainment and access to the airwaves.

"Nearly the entire licence fee currently goes to a state-owned organisation that also has a commercial mandate and an enormous market presence.

"Independent radio is almost completely excluded from public funding.

"What the IBI is seeking is a level playing pitch and a recognition that people's choice should be recognised and be respected."

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