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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
Douglas
Isle of Man
IM1 3PW
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 - Report

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Speakers:

  • 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.

Attachments:
FileFile sizeDownloads
Download this file (Model Public Service Broadcasting law.pdf)Model Public Service Broadcasting Law238 Kb1237
Download this file (access airwaves.pdf)Access Airwaves Report216 Kb1191
Download this file (UNESCO public broadcasting.pdf)UNESCO report on Public Service Broadcasting2114 Kb1048
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

Attachments:
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Download this file (PAG Play Chris Gregory 26112012.pdf)PLAY - Presentation by Chris Gregory 26.11.20123309 Kb1168
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 13:52
 

TALLY HO!

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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
 

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
 

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
 


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