The Montrose Tax



“It is outrageous that taxpayers money has been spent on a Report that Minister [Pat] Rabbitte claims ‘looks at the entire broadcasting landscape’ but which does so only through the blinkered view of RTÉ and its Government owner.

The funding model proposed is in effect a “Montrose Tax” which will prop up RTÉ and effectively destroy the diverse broadcasting sector of which Ireland can be justifiably proud and which employs over 1500 people in counties throughout Ireland.”

John Purcell, chairman of the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland

John Gallen writes:

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), the organisation that represents independent radio stations in Ireland, has hit out at the BAI Review of Funding for Public Service Broadcasting by calling it a “whitewash.”

According to the IBI the review fails to recognise the value of public service content on independent radio stations and is “throwing good money after bad in suggesting additional funding should be provided to RTÉ.”


IBI Lashes Out at BAI Funding Report (

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