Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (766)

Martin Heydon

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.