Business of Media: Independent stations have plans for new media charge

There is a whiff of change in the air about how public service broadcasting will be funded, and the independent radio stations got to express their opinions last week.

24th February, 2013
'The IBI wants a slice of the new charge to go straight to fund the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.'

There is a whiff of change in the air about how public service broadcasting will be funded, and the independent radio stations got to express their opinions at an Oireachtas committee hearing last week. Sensing that RTE was cautiously open to dropping some commercial operations, the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) threw a few ideas into the mix ahead of the introduction of a new media charge which will replace the licence fee.

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