Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Timmy Dooley has said that the decision of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to recommend that the Government immediately increase funding to RTÉ by €30 million raises questions for Minister Naughten and his position on public service broadcasting.
“This report makes for stark reading and brings into focus the ongoing failure of Minister Naughten to spell out his vision for the future of public broadcasting funding.
“There is an Oireachtas Communications Committee report gathering dust on the Minister’s desk, and we have been discussing the issue of non-payment of TV licence fees for many years. We cannot forget that up to €40 million in license fees is not being collected on an annual basis.
“The hands off approach of Minister Naughten which, at times, borders on an inability to take critical decisions is not good enough. He is paid to take responsibility for this area and he has completely failed to be clear on how he wants to proceed.
“Minister Naughten must let the public know whether he agrees with the BAI’s intervention, and what he will do as a result. He cannot just sit on his hands again, and hope the issue goes away. It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work now,” concluded Dooley.