Thursday, 3 June 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Since my appointment as the first Minister for Media, I have met with a wide range of relevant organisations and representative bodies 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, and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, the representative group for Commercial Radio.
These meetings have 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 at the end of July and I look forward to receiving their recommendations on this important area.
I have met RTÉ on three occasions over the period in question, in July and October 2020 and February 2021.