Tuesday 22 August 2017

John Drennan: Government will curb media ownership in bid to avoid UK-style 'print empires'

John Drennan

John Drennan

The Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte will outline the Government's policy on media diversity and competition at a major Media Diversity Conference in Dublin tomorrow.

In a speech that will have significant implications for future media ownership patterns in Ireland, Mr Rabbitte will say that the central objective of new legislation, currently being drafted, will be to combat the "the undesirability of allowing any one individual or undertaking to hold significant interests within a section or across different sections of media businesses".

In what is likely to be seen as a seminal outlining of future government policies on the contentious issue of media ownership, Mr Rabbitte will also refer to the constitutional importance granted to the media when it comes to the lives of citizens.

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