Broadcasting and Politics in Western Europe (West European by Raymond Kuhn

By Raymond Kuhn

First released in 1985. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Indeed there have been major disagreements within the government between Fine Gael and Labour ministers about energy policy (and the resignation of one Labour minister, Frank Cluskey, over the degree of state ownership and control appropriate for the developing oil and natural gas industries). Similarly, there have been cabinet disputes over the development of local radio services and the degree of commercial involvement in these. However, to date these policy conflicts have not produced anything the public could easily recognise as an ideological fissure running through the fabric of the cabinet.

In the 1960s GNP grew in real terms at more than twice the rate of the 1950s. Investment, always a weak point of the Irish economy, increased from the low figure of 15 per cent of GNP in the 1950s, to as much as 24 per cent by the end of the 1960s.

In 1981 the then Fianna Fail government introduced a Local Radio Authority Bill which envisaged the setting up of an independent, advertising-financed local radio network completely free of RTE control. The bill, which closely resembled the British Broadcasting Authority Act of 1973, represented a major break from the public service traditions of broadcasting dominant to date in Ireland. As with the British local radio developments it was clear that business interests, rather than the identification of local community broadcasting needs, conditioned the proposed legislation.

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