Enda Kenny plans to abolish broadcasting levy

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland has welcomed a commitment by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to abolish the levy on broadcasters if the Fine Gael party is re-elected to Government.

Speaking to Ocean FM Enda Kenny recognised the contribution made by independent radio stations to the public discourse. He said that Fine Gael in Government is committed to scrapping the current levy on broadcasters with the aim to put independent radio stations on a level playing pitch with other broadcasters.

John Purcell, Chairman of the IBI said: “We welcome this announcement from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. The broadcasting levy was introduced at a time when Ireland was deep in recession and it has resulted in jobs losses, in a decrease in the level of local broadcasting and local reporting and a lack of investment in programming on national, regional and local independent radio stations throughout Ireland. Removing the burden of the levy will ensure that the diversity and plurality of voices on the independent radio airwaves in Ireland will be maintained, allowing for increased employment and a greater involvement in the lives of the local communities that we broadcast to.

“The IBI has been calling for the broadcasting levy to be removed for a long time and I’m now asking politicians of all parties and none to declare their hand in advance of the General Election and state their commitment to ensuring that Ireland will continue to have a healthy and viable independent radio sector.

“This is a good start to broadcasting reform which is necessary and overdue and the IBI will continue to work to ensure that the required legislation is introduced by the next Government”.

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  1. Michael O'Hanlon on Facebook says

    One word can make a big difference to a sentence.In this case the word “Plans” should be replaced with “Promises”

  2. Jack Delaney on Facebook says

    All talk a real bullshitter the broadcast levy should of never been brought in enda is full of crap

  3. Dec Hammond on Facebook says

    Every word out of this clowns mouth is a lie.

  4. Colin Burke on Facebook says

    well any fine gael clown that comes near me ill say Ill promise to vote for you ,as there leaving Ill say Ive changed my Mind would love to see this happen but fine gael is the lying Party

  5. Jack Delaney on Facebook says

    if the independent broadcasters of ireland fall of enda kennys lies about doing away with the broadcast levy there worst to lisen to this bullshit it cost 1000 euros a year

  6. Mel Byrne on Facebook says

    And pigs might fly….

    Isn’t he also the guy who said no one should be taxed on their home a few years ago?!!!!!!

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