Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (766)

Martin Heydon


766. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of changes to the Broadcasting Acts to support independent radio stations; the timeline for such changes being implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31157/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill contains a provision to allocate funding to the BAI from TV Licence receipts. This would provide up to a maximum of 50% of the annual cost of the BAI levy, in turn reducing the levy on broadcasters by up to 50%. The proposed amendment is currently at an advanced drafting stage. My Department continues to work closely with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, with a view to having the Bill published in the coming weeks.