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PAG Meeting on 'Local News Matters' 21/01/2013 - Report

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  • Ron Berry, Managing Director 3FM
  • Bill Dale, Editor / Joint Owner of Southern Chronicle,  Owner, Offshore Public Relations

Related documents and video links are available at the end of this report

PAG’s latest public meeting debated what the media could look like in the IOM in a few years time.

Currently a Select Committee of Tynwald is charged with a review of the way public service broadcasting is delivered in the Island and PAG thought it would be a good idea for members of the public to hear what one interested party thinks about the matter.

Independent radio station 3FM’s Managing Director, Ron Berry shared his ideas on how broadcasting in general could be shaken up on the Island with effectively - as it was put to him by a member of the audience - a reverse takeover of Manx Radio. Mr Berry denied this was the case, but many in the audience didn’t seem too convinced even though there was an element of support for a more ‘commercial’ approach to be taken to radio broadcasting on the IoM.

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Download this file (UNESCO public broadcasting.pdf)UNESCO report on Public Service Broadcasting2114 Kb851
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:02

PAG Meeting on 'Local News Matters' 21/01/2013 - introduction

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Initial Address by Andrew Jessopp

The IoM is facing financial uncertainty and constrained budgets for public expenditure.

The current national broadcaster, Manx Radio receives between ½ and 1 million pounds subvention each year and questions have to be asked whether the tax payer is getting value to money.

In December 2012 Tynwald reaffirmed it commitment to public broadcasting but still decided to form a select committee “to examine the matter of the policy, delivery, cost and scope of Public Service Broadcasting; and report with recommendations.”

The Speaker, Steve Rodan, Zac Hall and Richard Ronan have been tasked with this review and have asked for public responses to these issues by 31st January.

This meeting isn’t going to be able to explore all of these issues but hopefully you will have a few more ideas on what you may wish to say to this committee by the end of the evening.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:54

Meeting on 'Play' with Chris Gregory

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It was unfortunate that we had possibly our lowest turnout this year for Monday's meeting.

Those that braved the cold weather heard a presentation that was well structured and skilfully made with some damning conclusions that were hard to dissagree with.

Children desperately need advocates like Chris. I hope that those present last night will pass Chris's message on to others on the island.  

His presentation is attached. Read it and act upon it!

Original meeting invitation

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:52

The perennial excuse - 'commercial confidentiality'

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Did the Speaker Rodan eventually get an answer  to his October Tynwald written question 16 to which we referred in our FOI piece 17.10.12?


Well yes and no! The Chief Minister replied 3 weeks later, thus finally completing a long list of consultant appointments


Rodan's original question in January asked for detailed information including the total cost of each government consultancy contract.


In the latest answer two posts stand out - Director of European Affairs (Chief Secretary's Office) and Financial Services Advisor (DED). Each is a 3 year appointment, but no details of fees are given because of the perennial excuse of 'commercial confidentiality'.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 08:58


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Hello again, possums. As some of you know, I've been in Australia since we last spoke, (Missed you dreadfully, too true, mates.)

Now I'm back and so worried about our dear Mr. Bell.

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 November 2012 19:19

Knives are out in Government?

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management-cartoonIn these straitened times the government ask us to believe that they have savagely cut central departmental admin staff to the bare bones. They say they haven't simply targetted front line staff such as teachers and nurses - those who aren't in the corridors of power to argue their case to CEO's and ministers.

Of course it would be easier to believe this and trust our Government if they were brave enough to open up themselves to scrutiny through the passing of a Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. As ever, the encouraging noises on FoI from MHK candidates has reduced to a murmur post election. 

Given this FoI free government zone, it is hard to detect what is really happening. We are only able to read between the lines of the odd report such as that below, where they can clearly afford giving up the single most important departments' Chief executive for six months at the drop of a hat. Can we really believe that they need such a vast army to support the reduced level of services they now offer when we read this news?

Key government official seconded to Isle of Sark

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:53

Freedom of Information - yet another broken promise!

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bellnose_smOn the day when Chief Minister Allan Bell gave his 'Agenda for Change' statement to October Tynwald he also reneged on his promise for Freedom of Information legislation by the end of this current parliamentary year.

He started by saying "I promised Tynwald, and the people of the Isle of Man, that I would lead an open and collaborative government" and later "We will..... improve transparency by routinely making more information available in anticipation of the introduction of Freedom of Information legislation".

However, hidden in a written answer about changing priorities in the Government's legislative programme, FOI is not listed as a priority because "policy issues continue to be worked through" It won't appear in 2012-13 despite promises that it would.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 October 2012 07:54

PAG Public Meeting 24/09/12 | Scope of Government - "Living Within Our Means" | Edgar Quine

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Scope of Government - "Living Within Our Means" with Edgar Quine OBE, QPM, CPM

Presentation at the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill, Douglas on Monday 24th September 2012


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 13:08

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