Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (330)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

330. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the reason his Department did not call for public contributions regarding moving RTEjr from RTE 2, as it had previously done for the setting up of other RTE services in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15073/14]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

Section 103(4) of the Broadcasting Act 2009 provides that where I propose to give my consent to a new broadcasting service or a variation in channels of the public service broadcasters, I am required to consult with the corporation concerned and such other persons as I consider appropriate. It is, therefore, at my discretion as to the extent of consultation in any given case. In the case to which the Deputy refers, I consulted with the following stakeholders: - Age Action Ireland;

- Broadcasting Authority of Ireland;

- Consumer Association of Ireland;

- Independent Broadcasters Ireland;

- Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed;

- National Consumer Agency;

- National Disability Authority;

- National Newspapers of Ireland;

- Office of the Minister for Children;

- Ombudsman for Children;

- RTÉ Audience Council;

- Setanta;

- TG4;

- TV3.

I am satisfied that this represented an appropriate level of consultation in this case.