The Dáil is today debating a motion calling for some of the licence fee money to be used to support independent radio.

Industry leaders are calling for the government to follow through on its promise to scrap the broadcasting levy.

The charge is put on commercial radio stations to fund the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, and three years ago former Taoiseach Enda Kenny had committed to scrapping the levy, but that has not yet happened.

Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring says that, now that the economy is rebuilding, it's time to look again at cutting the levy on independent radio..

 

Fianna Fail says a portion of revenue from the TV licence fee should be used for a Public Service Broadcast Fund to support independent local radio stations, who have to ensure that 20% of their output is news and current affairs programming.

Mayo TD Lisa Chambers is supporting her party's motion, as she says local radio stations have been under financial pressure for the past decade, with many having to reduce staff numbers in order to stay afloat.

 

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