Council appeals for television licence to be allocated to local radio

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Kerry County Council is to write to the Communications Minister about the allocation of the television licence.

It follows a call from Independent Kenmare Cllr Dan McCarthy, who called for a percentage of the money to be ringfenced for local radio stations.

Currently the €160 fee goes mainly to the state broadcaster RTE, with a small amount going to the Sound and Vision Scheme, which is a fund for independent programme production.

Earlier this week it was mooted that local radio stations may be set to pay lower levies for their regulation.

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten is due to bring proposals to Cabinet in the next few weeks, which will cut the amount of money paid by the industry for operating the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.