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New Media Fund Established To Support Local Media In Wicklow

It was one of the 49 recommendations from the Future of Media Commission that were accepted by government today.

A group that represents independent radio stations has welcomed the news a Media Fund is to be established.

The only rejected submission was scrapping the TV License - instead Ministers will re-work it.

IBI chair John Purcell says the New Media Fund is welcome news but it must be implemented soon.

The Future of Media Commission report is available here

A summary of the recommendations is set out below:

Ref

Heading

2-1

Valuing Public Service Content as critical public infrastructure

2-2

Addressing Environmental Sustainability

2-3

EDI monitoring, data and research

2-4

EDI Standards

2-5

Diversity Boards and Leadership

2-6

Diversity Education, Training and Employment

2-7

Accessibility

5-1

New Public Funding Model for Public Service Media

5-2

Interim funding arrangements for the 2021-2023 period

5-3

Increasing Accountability and Transparency

5-4

Audience Engagement

5-5

Interim funding for RTÉ

5-6

Focus on Value for Money and Efficiencies

5-7

RTÉ to invest in innovation

5-8

Developing commercial revenues

5-9

RTÉ to reduce deficit financing and stabilise expenditure

5-10

Collaboration with independent production sector

6-1

Convert the Broadcasting Fund into a Media Fund

6-2

Establish a Local Democracy Reporting Scheme

6-3

Establish supports for digital transformation

6-4

Establish News Reporting Schemes

6-5

Establish Courts Reporting Schemes

6-6

Establish a Media Access and Training Scheme

6-7

Establish a Community Media Scheme

6-8

Funding Level for Media Fund

6-9

Implement the Copyright Directive, assess its effectiveness and take further action if necessary

6-10

Examine indirect tax measures to support PSCPs

6-11

Explore collaboration opportunities for PSM content re-use

6-12

Independent oversight of all public funding streams for journalism

6-13

All Island Media Economy

7-1

Editorial control for TG4 over its news services

7-2

Comprehensive review of the provision of Irish language services

7-3

RTÉ should give a greater priority to the Irish language

7-4

Implement Irish language provisions in funding schemes

7-5

Review of the Archiving Scheme

7-6

Establish audiovisual content levy and fund

7-7

Audiovisual Strategy to establish Ireland as a key source of entertainment content for the international on-demand market

7-8

Improve investment in Independent Production

7-9

Develop a Strategic Plan for sports broadcasting and promotion

7-10

Diversity and Inclusion strategy for sports reporting and broadcasting

7-11

Education and training

8-1

Objects and Principles of PSM

8-2

Independence and Funding of PSM

8-3

Resourcing Effective Regulation and Development

8-4

Regulation of the Independent Sector

8-5

Changes to Regulatory Provisions for PSC Funding

8-6

Prominence-related data

8-7

Defamation

8-8

Disinformation

8-9

Providing a statutory basis for the Media Commission’s expanded remit

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