Media consolidation in Galway

May 8th, 2006 | by Andrew Ó Baoill |

A few weeks old at this point, but Owen pointed me towards the news that the Connacht Tribune newspaper group has bought Galway Bay FM, the sole commercial radio station in Galway.

Had we the type of cross-ownership rules currently present in the United States, this would not have been possible. (Note that the Connacht Tribune produces a number of weekly titles, and we don’t have a daily paper in Galway, though we do have a small number of other weekly freesheets, such as the Galway Advertiser.) Ownership restrictions in Ireland concentrate on national ownership share, which allows local consolidation of the type we see here.

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