Newstalk to provide news service to UTV group of radio stations
Quasi-national radio station Newstalk yesterday announced a deal to provide a news service to the UTV group of radio stations.
It will provide national and international news, business and sports service to 95FM, LMFM, 96FM, C103FM, Q102 and FM104, it said.
Newstalk, which is owned by Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp, will become the largest news supplier in Ireland, with a total audience of 1.7 million listeners daily.
Mr O’Brien is Ireland’s largest owner of private media assets, being the biggest shareholder in the Independ- ent News & Media group, and the owner of Communicorp, which includes Newstalk, 98FM and Today FM.
Séamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the National Union of Journalists, said the union was “gravely concerned” at the development.
Newstalk provides broadcast services to 25 independent local and regional radio stations. The addition of the UTV group will bring the total to 31, which is the entire independent radio network.
Mr Dooley said the development posed problems for media diversityy in Ireland.