Saturday 24 February 2018

Phantom and Zed's rock 'n' roll radio ructions at the BCI

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

ANEW Dublin rock music station, bogged down in litigation for a year, may get the go-ahead, depending on the outcome of a Supreme Court hearing scheduled for this week. Or, if it goes the other way, the case may cause a setback for the Broadcast Commission of Ireland.

There were initially five applicants for the licence. The BCI decided on a shortlist of Phantom FM and Zed FM. After an oral hearing at which the two competitors made presentations, the licence was awarded in November 2004 to Phantom.

Zed sought a judicial review of the BCI decision. After a High Court hearing last October, Mr Justice Philip O'Sullivan rejected Zed's case. It's the appeal against that judgment that is scheduled for the Supreme Court thisweek.

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