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Ireland: in search of reform for public service media funding

Ramsey, Phil (2018) Ireland: in search of reform for public service media funding. In: Transparency and Funding of Public Service Media: deutsche Debatte im internationalen Kontex. Springer VS, pp. 77-90. ISBN 3658179961 [Book section]

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URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-658-17997-7_7

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-17997-7_7

Abstract

Public Service Media (PSM) has a long-tradition in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland), dating back to the commencement of the state radio service 2RN in January 1926. The state’s involvement in broadcasting later gave way to the main public broadcaster RTÉ, which has broadcast simultaneously on television and radio since New Year’s Eve 1961, and latterly, delivered public service content online. RTÉ is funded both by a television licence fee and through its commercial activities, and as such its services carry advertising. A second PSM organization, the Irish language broadcaster TG4 completes the country’s public service provision, with all other indigenous television channels and radio stations being provided by the market. This chapter discusses PSM in Ireland in the context of the recent financial crisis and major demographic changes. It considers some of the factors impacting PSM in Ireland that are similar to those in other mature media systems in Europe, such as declining funding streams and debates over PSM funding reform. As such the chapter addresses initial government support for the introduction of a German-style household media fee, a Public Service Broadcasting Charge. While the charge was intended for introduction in 2015, it was later ruled out by the Irish Government in 2016.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Media in Ireland; media policy; media governance; public service media; media reform.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Communication
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Centre for Media Research
ID Code:37794
Deposited By: Dr Phil Ramsey
Deposited On:09 May 2017 13:04
Last Modified:04 Sep 2017 16:43

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