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The announcement today by the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten that he intends to bring proposals to Cabinet to dramatically reduce the levy payable by broadcasters to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has been warmly welcomed by the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland.

The organisation said that credit is due to the Minister who is the first Minister for Communications in recent years who is taking concrete action to tackle the very difficult trading conditions being experienced by broadcasters.

“We are looking forward to working with the Minister as he seeks to bring these proposals forward” said John Purcell. “This is an important element of broadcasting reform but it is just one of a series of measures which are necessary to ensure that the contribution of Irish broadcasters in a rapidly changing media landscape is fostered and developed.”