The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) which represents independent national, regional and local radio stations across Ireland has launched a Policy Document on the Future Funding of the Broadcasting Sector.
The launch of the policy document was marked by a Briefing Day for TDs and Senators. During the briefing day Minister Phil Hogan, John McGuinness TD, John Paul Phelan TD, Pat Deering TD and Senator Pat O’Neill all took part in a discussion on the Sue Nunn Show with KCLR CEO John Purcell and Highland Radio CEO Charlie Collins.
Speaking at the launch, IBI Chairman Scott Williams said: “Broadcasting remains one of the few sectors where unfair competition from a State-owned entity continues to distort the marketplace. Having successfully introduced competition in transport, energy, telecommunications, and other sectors, it is now time for the Government to finish what began more than 20 years ago and create a fair and balanced broadcasting sector”, he said.
Mr. Williams said that Independent radio stations are at the heart of communities all over Ireland providing platforms for public discourse, local and national politics, local news, sport and current affairs. “Independent stations are public service broadcasters too, but the State subsidy of the license fee is going exclusively to one broadcaster. That is unfair”, he added.