For Oral Answer on : 05/10/2021
Question Number(s): 66 Question Reference(s): 47852/21
Department: Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Tourism; Culture; Arts; Gaeltacht; Sport and Media the status of the Commission on the Future of Media in Ireland; when the report of the Commission is expected to be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
The Future of Media Commission, chaired by Professor Brian MacCraith, held its inaugural meeting on 29 October 2020. It was tasked with considering the future of print, broadcast, and online media in a platform agnostic fashion.
The commission engaged comprehensively with stakeholders, including broadcasters, journalists, publishers, regional media and the wider public. The first phase of the Future of Media Commission public consultation, which ran from December 12th 2020 to January 8th 2021, resulted in over 800 written submissions from stakeholder groups and the general public on a wide range of themes.
At the end of January 2021, the Commission began a series of thematic dialogues through online webinars in which panels of experts explored key themes in more depth and answered follow-up questions from the virtual audience and the Commission members. The webinars and the public consultations mentioned earlier are all available on the Future of Media Commission’s website.
The work of the Future of Media Commission has now been completed. The Taoiseach and I have received the report and are considering its contents and the Report will be brought to Government for consideration in due course.