The funding model for the entire radio sector needs radical and immediate reform. Despite its crucial role in Irish society and the strict regulation, the broken advertising model and the changing dynamic has forced local radio bosses to cut back on basic resources in newsrooms which is having a direct impact on the quality of journalism being produced.
The very existence of independent radio in Ireland is under threat. Unless local journalism is protected and a strategy to invest for its future is implemented then the independent radio sector will not be able to fulfil the public service mandate it is required to do under legislation
This report sets out to highlight the challenges facing the production of news and current affairs in the Independent sector, the need to protect local journalism and the requirement of Government to act urgently to address the funding crisis.