Media monopolies a threat to press freedom

April 8, 2016 / By Roderick Flynn, Irish Examiner A European project looking at media pluralism has found that ownership of newspapers and broadcasting outlets is becoming concentrated in fewer hands, says Roderick Flynn THE extent to which media constitute a pluralistic public sphere has been an issue in Ireland for some decades. Concern has focused on…

Media ownership situation ‘high risk’ to diversity of opinion

April 4, 2016 / By Michael O’Regan The Irish Times Report calls for retrospective reform of competition law to restrict influence of individuals. Concentration of media ownership in Ireland poses a “high risk” to diversity of opinion, according to a report compiled by a Dublin City University lecturer. Fewer owners limit the opportunity for diversity of opinion and…

Media merger guidelines are impotent and an act of cowardice

19 June 2015 / By Alison O’Connor The general lack of reaction to the Government’s new media-merger guidelines, which were published last week, says a lot. In the midst of a massive national controversy about the concentration of media ownership and censorship, Alex White, the communications minister, finally publishes the new rules for governing this…

Media merger guidelines set for Cabinet approval

9 june 2015 / By Fiach Kelly New media mergers guidelines which say it is “undesirable” for one person or business to hold excessive influence in the industry are set to be passed by Cabinet on Tuesday. Minister for Communications Alex White is expected to publish the guidelines once they have been passed by Ministers…

No slide rule, but plenty of politics in media mergers

4 June 2015 / By Laura Slattery, Irish Times Government guidelines designed to protect pluralism have finally been set In the frenetic, fast-evolving world of media, nothing appears to move more slowly than the laws and regulations that govern it. Minister for Communications Alex White, due to present final guidelines for the new media merger…