Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

Broadcasting Services

5:00 am

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 253: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the way he proposes to influence, by way of policy, the broadcasting industry, public and private in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45332/10]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South, Green Party)
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Under the provisions of the Broadcasting Act, 2009 the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is charged with, inter alia, providing a regulatory environment that is stable and predictable and that will facilitate the development of a broadcasting sector in Ireland that is responsive to audience needs. The BAI is also charged with stimulating the provision of high quality, diverse and innovative programming by commercial, community and public service broadcasters and independent producers.

I am satisfied that the provisions of the Broadcasting Act provide the correct policy framework for the development of the Broadcasting sector. I will continue to work with the BAI and other stakeholders, private and public, to progress the objectives in the Broadcasting Act for the sector.

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