Implementation of the recommendations will result in a strong and viable public service media
The IBI has welcomed the publication of the Future of Media Commission Report, which was approved by Government this morning.
The IBI says the broad appreciation of public service media and in particular, the recognition of the public service content of independent radio stations is a game changer and something that the organisation has been seeking for some years. In addition, the acknowledgement that advertising revenues are under threat and the importance of regulated media in ensuring trusted and verified news is also welcome as is the recognition that our business model needs to be reimagined.
John Purcell, Chairman of the IBI said “we particularly welcome the recommendations to establish a media fund, to establish schemes for news and courts reporting, current affairs, sports and public service content on independent radio. While the recommendations in the report are welcomed the significant pace of change in media must also be considered. This change has been tremendous and relentless. We cannot afford further delays in making the changes necessary to support media and to ensure the continuation of the public service content it provides on a daily basis.
“Now that the report has been published it is essential that it does not languish. Urgent action is needed and we’ve never had a more opportune time to enact change. The Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill is expected to be debated in the Dáil in September. This is the perfect opportunity for positive action to make sure that the recommendations outlined by the Future of Media Commission are provided for”.
Purcell concluded “I am calling on Minister Catherine Martin to indicate her intentions with regards to the next steps and to share her intended timeline for actions on this most important report. We look forward to working with the Minister and her officials in setting up the various schemes outlined in the report and to seeing the positive results of these schemes in an increased and improved public service provision to our audiences throughout the country.”