Revolt by Fianna Fail TDs forces BAI to row back on €100,000 levy plan
THE super-quango the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has been told to "slash" its €7.6m budget to avoid an annual levy of up to €100,000 on local radio stations.
The BAI was planning to impose the levy to fund its activities. But following a revolt on the Oireachtas Communications Committee by Fianna Fail backbenchers who depend on their local stations for publicity, the levy is to be scaled down and the new authority has been told to adjust its cost.
Sa-Shay down the catwalk for charity
HE might not have been able to stop thief-in-the-night Thierry Henry handling the ball in Paris during that infamous World Cup play-off last November, but Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given is proving, at least, that fashion is in safe hands next month in Manchester.
Given and wife Jane are hosting Fashion Kicks on April 13 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The night includes a five-course meal from Michelin star chefs, a performance by Westlife and a Selfridges fashion show where Given's teammates, including Stephen Ireland, Gareth Barry and Patrick Viera will strut their stuff on the catwalk. For information on tickets, visit fashionkicks.org.uk.
Sky launches 3D channel next month
SKY has confirmed that it will launch Sky 3D, Europe's first 3D TV channel, with the Barclays Premier League clash between Manchester United and Chelsea on April 3.
There's gonna be a New York Dolls gig
THE New York Dolls have just confirmed a special Dublin Academy show on April 20. Tickets, at €28 including booking fee, from Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
Wilde letter to go under the hammer
Oscar Wilde once said that there were only two types of writer in England: "The unread and the unreadable."
And the 150-word letter containing that caustic quip by Dublin-born Wilde is expected to fetch up to €6,600 or about €44 a word, at auction in London this Tuesday.
Wilde sent the letter, postmarked March 15 1898, from the Hotel de Nice in France to his publisher Leonard Smithers the year after Wilde's release from prison and the month after Smithers had published Wilde's epic poem The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
Hermione Hennessy announces tour
Hermione Hennessy, daughter of the late legendary song writer/singer Christy Hennessy, has announced a number of live dates as her recently released solo album, Songs my Father Taught Me, climbed to the top of the Irish indie charts. The tour begins at The Spirit Store in Dundalk on April 7. For more information, visit hermionehennessy.com.
Landmark leasehold case gets delayed
A landmark legal battle to challenge the right of absentee landlords to collect leasehold levies from property throughout the Republic, which was due for hearing in the Irish Supreme Court last week, was delayed until a further sitting of the court next month.
The action was delayed because of an over-run of other court litigation. The "test case" involves an appeal from the High Court, in relation to property in the Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.