Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Reklama Politika Revizio

...de la blogo, From the Balcony, de Máirtín Ó Muilleoir:

…The Office of the First Minister has been reviewing advertising policy since November 2004 when I first wrote to the department challenging the policy at that time of giving the three big dailies every ad from every department without any tendering or value for money procedure…

…[G]overnment ministers have been told they can't advertise in Lá Nua while the review is going on. It's been on the go now for three-four years. No doubt it could last another three years. And yet, the only newspaper to suffer, Lá Nua, published by the person who first blew the whistle on the cosy arrangement which pertained between government and the three big dailies.

Things have now come to a head because due to the block on advertising,
Lá Nua will close at the end of February — unless someone can break through this logjam. At least now, the block and its offical veneer of legality is being challenged by SF Minister Conor Murphy. In an interview with Raidió Fáilte today (the Irish language community radio also banned from receiving ads), he said he was tackling this issue "urgently".

At last, someone is on the case. We await developments.

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