Number of stations go against O’Brien firm

Denis O’Brien’s radio company, Communicorp, which controls Newstalk and 98FM in Dublin, was unsuccessful in its last bid for a new licence, partly because of the large number of stations it owns.

24th March, 2007

The board of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) decided that awarding a youth station licence for the north-west to the Communicorp-backed Spin ‘‘would not offer as great a level of diversity’’ in radio ownership.

Communicorp owns Spin 1038 in Dublin and has interests in East Coast Radio in Wicklow and Spin SouthWest, which has yet to go on air. The company controls 17.9 per cent of the country’s commercial radio...

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