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IBEC Welcomes New Bill
10 Jun 1999 :
The Audiovisual Federation of IBEC has welcomed the new Broadcasting Bill which was published on the 27th May by Minister Sile deValera. John Cummins, Chairman of the Federation, said that the Bill was long overdue and welcomed the general thrust. While he welcomed the allocation of 16 million for commissions the independent film sector by RTE, he emphasised that the inflator mechanism to ensure that the allocation to the independent sector kept pace with the increased TV production spend within RTE was an essential element to the bill which would need to be agreed by all concerned. However he believed that the Bill should have contained a more visionary plan including job creation and export opportunities for the development of the whole broadcasting sector. He also welcomed the establishment of TnaG as an independent entity.

Tommy McCabe, Director of the Audiovisual Federation, believed that the establishment of a transmission entity, in which RTE would a minority stake, to provide digital terrestrial TV to Ireland would enhance the development of broadcasting and the information society in Ireland. He regretted that there was no reference to index linking of the RTE TV licence fee, which the Federation believed was necessary to ensure that the real value of income for public broadcasting including commissions for the independent sector was maintained. The Federation believed that the clarification on the public broadcasting service remit was a positive development. It also welcomed the establishment of a Broadcasting Commission of Ireland which had been recommended by the Federation in recent submissions to Government. A full response to the Bill will be submitted to Government by the Federation in due course.

For Further information contact

Tommy McCabe,
IBEC Audiovisual Federation,
84/86 Lower Baggot Street,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 353 1 660 1011
Fax: 353 1 600 1717
Email: audiovisual.fed@ibec.ie

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