Creating a fair broadcasting sector that serves the whole community
The Programme for Government made a commitment to review the funding of public and independent broadcasters. Public policy has up to now focused solely on ensuring that the state owned broadcaster is adequately funded. If the independent radio sector is to continue to develop and to properly serve the two thirds of Irish citizens who choose our services, then action must be taken now across a number of fronts including:
• Formal recognition of the significant public service broadcasting (PSB) contribution of independent commercial radio.
• A new fund to support and develop PSB on independent commercial radio.
• Amendment of Section 108 of the 2009 Broadcasting Act to define and limit the commercial mandate of RTÉ.
• Funding of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to come from the new Public Broadcasting Charge.
The IBI funding policy document can be seen here