Media Ownership raised with Commission - Lynn Boylan MEP
Following the results of the EU’s Media Pluralism Monitor project, Ms Boylan said
"The unpublished results of the EU’s Media Pluralism Monitor project are expected to class Ireland at the highest level of concern for the ‘concentration of media’ category because of the lack of specific legal barriers to concentrated media ownership.
"The lack of regulation to prevent such a concentration is exemplified in particular by Denis O’Brien, who has been permitted to become the largest shareholder (29.9%) of Independent News and Media, the biggest print newspaper group in the country representing 40% of all national newspaper sales.
"Communicorp, of which he is a principal shareholder, enjoys a 24% share of the state's daily radio listenership (and 50% of Dublin's) and includes radio stations Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM, Spin 103.8, TXFM and Spin Southwest. This ultimately means that one individual is in control of around 60% of news content across the state.
"Any healthy democracy should defend and promote media freedom and plurality. It is therefore disturbing that aspects of Ireland's media have been classed as high concern. I will be writing to the Commissioner asking what, if any, recommendations he will be issuing for Ireland on the back of these poor results."