Blurring the media lines

Recent debate has highlighted issues of editorial independence, ownership and media diversity in the digital age. But there are no easy answers, writes Kevin Rafter.

3rd August, 2014
In a digital world, preparing new media ownership guidelines, such as the government is proposing under new legislation, will be a tricky task.

Presenting the news of the day “without colouring and prejudice” was a promise made in the Irish Independent’s first edition on January 2, 1905. This objective – however difficult to achieve – remained as the share roster of what is now Independent News & Media has shifted over the last century from William Martin Murphy to Tony O’Reilly and, more recently, to Denis O’Brien.

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