Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
113. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has met with owners of newspapers or media outlets either virtually or in person since she assumed office; and if so, the details of the discussions held at those meeting; and the persons or bodies present. [9222/21]
Since my appointment as the first Minister for Media at the end of September 2020, I have met with many lead executives from the representative organisations in the sector including the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, TG4, Virgin Media, Sky Ireland, Communicorp Media, Local Ireland, CRAOL, the representative group for Community Radio and the IBI, the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, the representative group for Commercial Radio.
The meetings focused on hearing about the priorities and operations of the media outlets and the key challenges and issues of concern facing them both as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and in the longer term.
I have also encouraged all stakeholders to engage with the Future of Media Commission which is tasked with examining the entire media sector and making recommendations on future direction and a sustainable funding model for the next decade. The Commission will report later this year and I look forward to receiving their recommendations on this important area.