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Sunday 24 September 2017

BAI to contact O'Brien over 'media control'

Denis O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images
Denis O'Brien. Photo: Getty Images

Mark Hilliard

THE Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is to contact Communicorp chief Denis O'Brien over concerns relating to its levels of media control.

During a board meeting yesterday, it discussed the company's "ownership and control" status and said it would make formal contact later this week.

The BAI is responsible for regulating broadcasting in Ireland.

Communicorp has investments in several media organisations, including radio stations like Today FM and Newstalk, as well as a 29.9pc stake in Independent News & Media, the parent company of the Irish Independent.

Last night, the BAI declined to comment on what the nature or content of its pending letter to Communicorp would be, although it is likely to begin a formal process of engagement.

Earlier this year it published its new control policy designed to maintain diversity in media ownership.

It stated: "The BAI strategy states that the maintenance of plurality of ownership, content and viewpoint is a central element of the authority's vision on behalf of the public."

Irish Independent

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