Local print and broadcasting media needs to be supported, says Waterford TD David Cullinane
Waterford's Sinn Féin spokesperson on Communications, Climate Action and the Environment David Cullinane TD is calling on the Government to step up supports for local print and broadcasting media.
Dozens of journalists, photographers and advertising staff are being laid off due to a collapse in revenue.
“Over the last week, I have engaged directly with Minister Richard Bruton on the need for supports for local print and broadcast media. Local newspapers and radio stations are reeling from a collapse in revenue," he says.
“I have put forward solutions to Minister Bruton aimed at providing financial support to local print and broadcasting media, including an immediate release of €5 million in funding under the Sound and Vision scheme and for government departments to take out advertisements in local publications. This will provide much needed revenue while also aiding in disseminating important Covid-19 related information."
The Waterford TD says local print and broadcasting media provide an "extremely important service", adding: "It is vital that information is disseminated through trusted sources and that these companies are properly supported.”