Monday 20 November 2017

Radio stations challenge Port Tunnel blackout

The Dublin Port Tunnel links the M1 Dublin-Belfast motorway and the M50 to Dublin Port
The Dublin Port Tunnel links the M1 Dublin-Belfast motorway and the M50 to Dublin Port
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

Dublin rock music station Radio Nova has recruited two rival stations to a legal challenge over its exclusion from the airwaves in the Dublin Port Tunnel.

Classic Hits 4FM and Sunshine 106.8 have given their support to Nova in its row with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), operators of the €700m Port Tunnel.

All three say they are aggrieved that their stations cannot be heard in the 4.5km tunnel. Only seven stations are broadcast in the facility due to technical limitations.

The three are threatening a High Court action, to force TII to broadcast them or cut out all commercial radio in the tunnel.

"Classic Hits and Sunshine share our grievances and have joined our action," said Nova chief executive Kevin Branigan. "While we compete with each other for listeners and advertising revenue in the market, all three of us have commonality in that we're being seriously disadvantaged commercially by TII's technology limitations," he said.

TII declined to comment. "This is a pending legal action so we won't be commenting," said CEO Sean O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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