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Transfer of broadcasting powers common sense boost for local economy - Ó hOisín

26 November, 2013 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Culture Arts and Leisure Committee Cathal Ó hOisín has accused the DUP of opposing job creation and the further stability of the broadcast and film industry in the North by placing a Petition of Concern against a Sinn Féin motion calling for the transfer of broadcasting powers.

Speaking today Mr Ó hOisín said:

“The transfer of broadcasting powers and the Irish Language and Ulster-Scots Broadcast Funds to the North is a common sense proposal.

“This is a growing sector in our film and broadcast media sectors yet for too long therehas been instability in the long term development of the industry.

“We have seen a burgeoning in Scotland and Wales of their relevant broadcast sectors yet due to the failure to transfer these powers to the north such development on a local basis is stymied.

“The failure by the British government to mainstream these funds means that the industry has uncertainty moving from one funding pot to the next despite a growing demand for such output by local audiences.

“The transfer of these powers and the mainstreaming of these funds would allow for significant growth in this sector and local productions would be tailored for local audiences.

“This would obviously boost the sector in terms of sustainability increasing employment opportunities. It is work that will consolidate and strengthen local film and television production and secure jobs in the sector.

“By the placing a petition of concerns against this motion the DUP have signaled their opposition to local job creation in an area where local industry have excelled.”

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