Independent Broadcasters of Ireland: John Purcell
KCLR's John Purcell has asked the Oireachtas Transport and Communications Committee for a change to the way funding is distributed for the independent radio sector in Ireland.
Mr Purcell, who is the Chairman of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), said that RTÉ has dual funding from the licence fee and commercial revenue, as well as 80% of the Sound & Vision funding.
He said what the independent sector is seeking is a public service fund, where the monies would be distributed among the local radio stations.
Independent Broadcasters Ireland (IBI) member Tim Collins suggested that there should be a household broadcasting charge with the funds divided out. He asked the committee to use their powers to get this legislation through.
Mr Purcell said the independent sector employs 1,500 people and has 2.5 million listeners every day, compared to 1.2 million listeners for RTÉ Radio.
He also said the sector was very concerned about the future because advertising revenues are constantly falling.
Independent TD, Michael Healy-Rae said many people in rural parts plan their day based around the local radio station.
Mr Healy-Rae said he has great respect for RTÉ and that it has done Ireland great service, but there has to be a change because it cannot have a monopoly on the funding.
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