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Publishing: National newspapers want net curb on RTE

Ireland's national newspapers have called on Communications Minister Eamon Ryan and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to exercise control over RTE's commercial interests.

The National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) is particularly concerned about the national broadcaster's increasing involvement in digital media.

The NNI says that RTE is using the €200m it gets in licence fees every year to support its online and mobile services. Speaking at a press conference, NNI co-ordinator Frank Cullen said national newspapers were asking the Government to apply laws rigorously.


Joe Webb, chief executive of Independent News & Media, said the NNI was not looking for handouts, just a fair landscape. RTE denied it was using licence-fee funds to gain advantages for its online activities.