Independent radio stations criticise new broadcasting charge

Independent radio stations criticise new broadcasting charge

Independent broadcasters have criticised the news that the new Broadcasting charge - set to replace the TV licence fee - will not fund independent radio.

The criticism follows the publication of a report on RTE funding by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

"We feel that the funding model should follow the listener," said IBI chairman John Purcell, speaking to Beat 102-103 radio.

"It's not really fair that the state broadcaster, RTÉ, which has got just about 30% of the audience, gets almost 100% of the funding," he said.

The BAI report called for greater efficiency in the use of public money. It has also been announced that RTÉ will comply with a review of operating costs to see where further cuts can be made to make the organisation more cost-effective.

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