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New Media Regulator Coimisiún na Meán Established

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, welcomed the formal establishment of Coimisiún na Meán, Ireland’s new authority responsible for overseeing the regulation of broadcasting and video-on-demand services and for introducing the new regulatory framework for online safety.The Minister also welcomed the commitment by Coimisiún to prepare and share its first work programme.

Coimisiún na Meán will be led by four Commissioners, who have been appointed by Minister Martin:

Jeremy Godfrey as Executive Chairperson

Niamh Hodnett as Online Safety Commissioner

Rónán Ó Domhnaill as Media Development Commissioner

Celene Craig as Broadcasting Commissioner

Minister Martin, said, “I welcome the formal establishment of Coimisiún na Meán. I have met with the incoming Executive Chairperson and Commissioners and know that they will form a dedicated and strong team. I look forward to working with them as we chart a new path for the regulation and development of the media sector in Ireland.”

The Online Safety and Media Regulation (OSMR) Act 2022 was enacted on 10 December 2022. The OSMR Act 2022 amends the Broadcasting Act 2009 to establish Coimisiún na Meán, dissolve the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, establish a regulatory framework for online safety, update the regulation of broadcasting and video on-demand services, and transpose the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive into Irish law.

Following open recruitment competitions run by the Public Appointments Service, on 17 January 2023 the Minister announced her intention to appoint the members of Coimisiún na Meán.

The Executive Chairperson and Commissioners took up their duties on an administrative basis on 13 February 2023. With effect from today, 15 March 2023, the Executive Chairperson and Commissioners take up their duties on a statutory basis.

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