Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Joint Committee on Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht
Future of Public Service Broadcasting and Impact of Covid-19 on the Media Sector: Discussion
Regarding the independent stations, we had a good engagement with the Minister last week when she presented here on the priorities within her portfolio. It is crucially important that the independent radio stations are backed. In my constituency of Mayo, Mid-West Radio has performed in an enormously positive way in the past period. The value of having a station which provides not just Government information but local information also to thousands of people is very worthwhile. I look forward to the discussions on Monday and I will be supporting whatever provisions the Minister can put in place in terms of a rescue package. The staff are working around the clock to disseminate information and it is very important that we support them.