Independent radio stations have called on the Government to scrap the broadcasting levy.
The charge is made on broadcasters and used to fund the industry regulator, but it costs stations millions of euro each year, something the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland say is unfair.
The Chief Executive of Clare FM and Tipp FM has told an Oireachtas Committee that Irish radio stations provide a valuable service at local, regional and national level and there’s a need to protect that long into the future.
Ronan McManamy said there’s opportunities to achieve some of this through funding already in place or proposed, but these schemes need to be less about reprogramming our stations and more about directing funding to where it’s needed.
Listen to the full address at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media here: