Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Questions (223)

David Cullinane


223. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he plans to move the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2019 to Committee Stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49230/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2019 provides for:

- the part funding of the BAI through TV licence receipts so as to reduce the levy burden on broadcasters,

- the creation of a new funding scheme that would allow the granting of bursaries to journalists in local or community radio stations,

- the BAI to retain part of the levy to fund its working capital requirements and allows them the scope to determine exemptions and deferrals to the levy.

In addition, I have received Government approval to bring an amendment at Committee stage that will allow TV licence collection to be put out to public tender. I intend to seek Government approval for the drafting of this Head before year end, with a view to introducing the necessary amendment at Committee stage early in the New Year.