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Statement from Minister Bruton

I recognise the importance of local radio stations to their communities as a trusted source of information on the Covid -19 Pandemic. They play a crucial role, especially in broadcasting community specific information across the country.

In common with other businesses, the local radio sector has experienced financial strain as a result of a drop off in advertising revenue.  To ensure that local radio stations can continue to play a role in serving local communities, I have requested the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland to waive the broadcasting levy for the first six months of the year. This action will save local radio stations almost  €1m. 

I have also asked the BAI to conduct an urgent assessment of the financial situation of local radio as a result of the Covid- 19 Pandemic.

Local radio stations are also entitled to the range of forbearance measures announced by Revenue and the banks.​