Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Ceisteanna (234)

Thomas Pringle


234. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he plans to publish his response to the BAI five-year review of public broadcasters received in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14434/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

Under section 124 of the Broadcasting Act, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is required to carry out a review of the public funding of RTE and TG4 every five years which is brought to Government, and published along with a Government response.

The Working Group on the Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting was set up by Government decision in July 2018 to examine options for the reform of TV licence collection. The Group's work is progressing and it is scheduled to report to me shortly.

Given their interrelated focus, it is my intention to bring both reports to Government when the Working Group has reported to me. Following consideration by Government, it is my intention to publish the BAI report along with the Government's response.