Written Answers. - Local Radio Stations.

Thursday, 3 June 1999

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 506 No. 1

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  25.  Mr. Perry  Information on John Perry  Zoom on John Perry   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands  Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera   the method of disposal of the £500,000 for the purpose of assistance to local radio stations where transmission costs occur; the radio station sites which incur these costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14698/99]

  31.  Mr. Bell  Information on Michael Bell  Zoom on Michael Bell   asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands  Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera   the local radio stations which will be assisted with transmission costs from the £0.5 million provided in the estimates; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14663/99]

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands (Miss de Valera): Information on Síle de Valera  Zoom on Síle de Valera  I propose to take Questions Nos. 25 and 31 together.

I refer the Deputies to the Broadcasting Bill, 1999 the publication of which I announced on Thursday 27 May 1999.

Section 53 of the Bill provides for the payment by me to the Independent Radio and Television Commission, to be renamed the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, of £500,000 from the Exchequer in respect of capital grants to local and community radio stations. It will be the statutory responsibility of the commission to prepare a scheme providing for the payment by it of grants to local and community radio stations for the purposes of defraying capital expenditure incurred by the radio stations on transmission. The Bill provides specifically that in considering an application for funding the commission shall have regard to, inter alia, any difficulty the radio [99] station has experienced in providing a service in the area of its franchise.


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