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Sponsor hunt by 'gay' station Broadband on way for 45,000 New titles lift for MedMedia Ireland lags on download time

A NEW community radio station which challenges stereotypes about gay culture, is looking for sponsors for its one-month run.

The Dublin station, Open FM, will be broadcast over the airwaves for 30 days from June 13, staffed by 70 volunteers. It's expected that its audience, like its staff will be around 65pc gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has given the station a temporary licence on 89.9FM. It will have a live outside broadcasting unit at this year's Pride Parade.

Broadband on

way for 45,000

TELECOMMUNICATIONS company UPC Ireland will launch high-speed broadband for 45,000 additional homes in towns in the midlands and west of the country over the next three weeks.

The announcement that Sligo, Mullingar, Athlone, Newbridge, Carlow and Portlaoise will be able to gain access to fibre-powered broadband and high definition TV services via its cable network follows a €15m upgrade to its network.

New titles lift

for MedMedia

HEALTHCARE publisher MedMedia, which employs over 30 staff in its Dun Laoghaire headquarters, has taken over a number of medical journals and magazines from M&C Group.

The titles include Scope, the Irish Hospital Consultants' Association's official publication, and other periodicals such as Hospital Doctor of Ireland, Modern Medicine, Irish Psychiatrist and Cancerwise and Diabetes Ireland.

Ireland lags on

download time

AVERAGE download speeds for Ireland are ranked behind some of the poorest countries in the world.

Ireland came in behind Mongolia in 41st place, according to an analysis of the results by internet users lobby group, IrelandOffline.

The average Irish download speed is 6 mbits. Most EU countries are now averaging well over 10 mbits.

Only seven countries in the global rankings scored lower than Ireland, including Egypt, Kenya, Iran and Lebanon.