Sunday February 23, 2020

Communicorp chair pushed Bruton to change broadcasting laws

Lucy Gaffney called on Minister for Communications to regulate Google, Facebook and other digital players to create a more equitable advertising market

9th February, 2020
Lucy Gaffney said regulation under the Broadcasting Act was “in a time-warp”

Lucy Gaffney, the chairwoman of Communicorp, sought meetings with Minister for Communications Richard Bruton to push for changes to broadcasting laws.

Gaffney called on Bruton to regulate tech giants like Google and Facebook to create a more equitable advertising market, a letter obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has shown.

While broadcast media was highly regulated, digital media remained “wholly unregulated”, she wrote, in her letter dated December 10, 2019. The Broadcasting Act “does...

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