BAI calls for submissions on proposed media merger
Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Mr.
Denis Naughten, T.D., has formally requested the Broadcasting Authority
of Ireland (BAI) to conduct a full media
merger examination under Section 28E of the Competition Act 2002 (as
The proposed media merger involves the acquisition of sole
control of CMNL Limited, formerly Celtic Media Newspapers Limited, by
Independent News & Media Holdings Limited, owners of The Sligo Champion. The
parties are media undertakings primarily involved in the publishing of
newspapers and operation of websites that act as news portals.
The BAI has 80 working days to provide a report to the Minister in relation to its examination and shall form a view as to whether the result of the media merger is likely to be contrary to the public interest in protecting plurality of media in the State, as defined in the Act (as amended).
conducting its examination the BAI shall have regard to the
requirements laid out in Section 28E(6) of the Act (as amended) and
submissions received from the relevant parties including
the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and
Environment and the public.
BAI is now calling for public submissions on this proposed media
merger. Submissions should follow the structure outlined in the
Guidelines for Media Mergers – “Section
5: Application of the Relevant Criteria”. Other relevant information may also be included. Public submissions can be sent via email to
The deadline is 20 working days from the date of this notice and
therefore submissions should be received by close of business on
14th February 2017.
The Guidelines on Media Mergers can be found here