Tuesday 23 May 2017

Lynn Boylan commissioned a report to get result SF wanted

The latest analysis of Irish media fails to offer any insight into the big picture of an evolving landscape

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan Photo: Collins
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan Photo: Collins
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Lynn Boylan's much-publicised Report on the Concentration of Media Ownership in Ireland tells us little we didn't already know about the newspaper, radio and television market here. But it patently fails to tell people much about what they should know about the wider media sector.

As far as the report - commissioned, but not written, by the Sinn Fein MEP on behalf of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament - is concerned, the elephant in the room is Denis O'Brien. Specifically, his ownership of newspapers and radio stations in this country.

Yes, O'Brien is a major media player here, with control over some key elements of the so-called traditional media. That can't be disputed. But is that fact the most pertinent point with regard to plurality in the media in Ireland today?

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