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Proposal to share content will distort media landscape further – IBI

Thursday 7 April 2011 The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) has said the proposed move by RTE to offer video news clips to newspaper groups is a knee jerk reaction by RTE to pressures from the National Newspapers of Ireland.

Scott Williams, Chairman of the IBI said “The report in today’s Irish Times, if true, means that Irish Taxpayers will be subsidising not only RTE but now loss making websites of newspaper groups, including those of British media titles.

“This clearly indicates the need for the licence fee to be abolished and the new Public Broadcasting Charge to be levied in a way which supports both independent and public sector media.

“The proposed move by RTE, if accepted by NNI will distort the media landscape even further. The IBI is calling on Minister Rabbitte to bring forward the review of public broadcasting so that there is a clear definition of what we mean by public broadcasting and how monies raised by the Public Broadcasting Charge can be used”.