Radio stations vent anger at inaction

The organisation representing the country’s 34 independent radio stations is to tell politicians at an event in Leinster House today that it has lost patience with the failure of the Government to address issues facing Irish broadcasting. IBI chairman John Purcell (above) says its members have lost patience and will be robustly making their point to politicians.

“Where unregulated mega media corporations like Facebook and Google are doing what they like, making billions from highly questionable practices and turning a blind eye as their platforms are undermining democracy, Government failure to deliver on its promises or act on cross party recommendations for change is inexcusable,” Purcell added.

The IBI says that the Government continues to fail to act on promises it made over three years ago while lack of action on other vital reforms, including how independent broadcasting, journalism and public service programming are funded and sustained, risks damaging long term impacts on independent radio, which has 2.6 million listeners every day.



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