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'Value is key in Public Service Broadcasting debate'

CM and Policy and Reform Minister speak at committee hearing

The Island's public service broadcaster should ensure it delivers value for money says the Chief Minister.

Howard Quayle yesterday (26 April) gave evidence to a committee investigating the funding and delivery of public sector broadcasting.

He said if taxpayers are to continue to pay a 'significant sum' via a subvention to support Manx Radio, then it's important the content is quality.  

Mr Quayle said he'd personally welcome an organisation taking over Manx Radio if it could pay for the service instead of government:


He was joined by Policy and Reform Minister Chris Thomas, who wants to know how much the BBC would spend to fulfil the role of public service broadcaster.

Ron Berry of 3FM, and Juan Turner of Energy FM also gave their views to the committee, highlighting an 'uneven playing field' in terms of advertising, and the potential involvement of the BBC.

The body meets again to hear from the Treasury Department and Manx Radio next week.

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