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RTÉ and Today FM to appear before Oireachtas Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

John McMahon, Head of RTÉ 2fm, Ian Wilson, Producer in Charge of Live Music, RTÉ 2fm, Kevin Linehan, Executive Producer Music Programming, RTÉ Television, Rory Coveney, Senior Communications Manager, RTÉ and Chief Executive of Today FM, Willie O’Reilly will appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs tomorrow, Wednesday, 24th February, to discuss measures to support contemporary Irish music and nurture new emerging talent.

Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Tom Kitt said: “Music, whether contemporary or traditional, is an integral part of our culture and heritage and it is only right that measures should be put in place to support contemporary Irish music and musicians, as well as nurturing and supporting new emerging talent.

“With world-class bands and musicians, Ireland has punched above its weight in the contemporary music scene. Many of today’s successful Irish artistes owe their initial success to exposure on Irish radio stations. However, some involved in the music industry have voiced concerns over a lack of exposure for Irish musicians on radio, particularly at peak listening times. Without proper support, it is increasingly difficult for new acts to break through.

“This meeting with representatives from RTÉ and Today FM will provide the committee with the opportunity to address some of the issues involved in supporting music and new talent. Would voluntary quotas where radio stations devote a certain percentage of airtime to new Irish talent work in reality and how would they work? What qualifies as new Irish music? Is contemporary Irish music good enough to justify exposure on primetime radio?

“It will also provide national radio stations with the opportunity to outline what they have being doing to encourage Irish music and what other measures they would like to see introduced to help them promote Irish musicians.”

The meeting will take place in Committee Room 4 at 2 pm on Wednesday, 24th February 2010.

For further information, contact:

Ciaran Brennan,
Houses of the Oireachtas,
Communications Unit,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2

P: +3531 618 3903
M: 086-0496518
F: +3531 618 4551
E: ciaran.brennan@oireachtas.ie


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