CRAOL, the Irish community radio organization, has sponsored a survey investigating how the public views the mass media, and exploring their knowledge of community radio. Among the key findings (with both positives and negative implications for the sector):
- Nearly 80% of all adults in the Republic of Ireland agree that news and current affairs is sometimes biased towards the views of its owners
- 3 in 4 adults worry that individual people or businesses have too much ownership of the media.
- 84% feel that community radio would add to the diversity of content available to them as listeners
- Only 39% of those surveyed were aware that communities can set up their own community radio station.