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The Legislative Council - What now? with Chris Thomas

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"The Legislative Council - What now?" - Presentation by Chris Thomas M.A. (Oxon)

Presented at the PAG meeting on Monday, March 25th 2013 at the Manx Legion, Market Street, Douglas

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Last Updated on Thursday, 28 March 2013 09:20

Adult services - Fair Access and Charging

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This thought-provoking consultation document is well worth a look. Existing services are not always well co-ordinated and on occasion access requirements can be tricky to determine.

Of course, you and yours may not be in need at present, but who knows what the future holds?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:58

Words we don't use in this nursery

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I was talking to a Government minister today (as one does - all too rarely.)
And I happened to ask about 'cuts.'
He blanched.
I realised I had put my foot in it.
A nasty solecism.
Verbal dogshit.
'We...don't say cuts', he replied in hushed tones.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:50

Aalish breathes again!

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Hello, everyone! I don't know about you, but three action-packed days of Budget Week debates left me breathless with suspense. Would my dear Chief Minister (and the sweet Mr. Teare of course) get their way in the face of those carping publicity-seeking hounds (and bitches, too), always raising questions?

Surely we don't need questions. We need answers. And the Government has the answers - isn't that what a government's for?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:34

Public Broadcasting consultation

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Following our meeting this month, tomorrow marks the deadline for your comments on the future of Manx public broadcasting services. 

Should Tynwald have a commitment to public service broadcasting?

Should Manx Radio remain the Island’s national broadcaster?

The committee on public broadcasting is made up of chairman Richard Ronan MHK, Onchan MHK Zac Hall and Speaker of the House of Keys Steve Rodan. It was set up in December in the wake of a Treasury report into the public broadcasting subvention which was carried out in July 2012. They will look at the policy, delivery, cost and scope of public service broadcasting before reporting back to Tynwald.

Raise your concerns in writing to:

Committee Secretariat

Legislative Buildings
Finch Road
Isle of Man
Tel: 01624 685500
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More information   

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:54

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

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 (access airwaves.pdf)Access Airwaves Report216 Kb1127
Download this file (UNESCO public broadcasting.pdf)UNESCO report on Public Service Broadcasting2114 Kb995
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:02

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

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