The BAI to investigate Communicorp's decision to ban Irish Times journalists
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland are set to wade into Communicorp's decision to ban Irish Times staff from its airwaves.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland plan to hold talks with Communicorp over the group's decision to ban Irish Times journalists and contributors from appearing on any of their five radio stations; Newstalk, Today FM, 98FM, Spin 1038 and Spin South West.
Communicorp recently informed staff from their stations not to use anyone with a connection to The Irish Times as a result of Fintan O'Toole's article regarding George Hook's comments on rape last month, and the questionable gender balance within Newstalk.
Now, the BAI have released a statement, which reads: 'As the regulator for the broadcasting sector, the BAI is committed to the facilitation of a mix of voices, opinions and sources of news and current affairs.
'In line with its legislative remit, the BAI does not have a role in the individual editorial decisions of broadcasters. However, as the statement issued by Communicorp Group (as reported) relates to the group of services that it owns, the BAI will now write to Communicorp Group to clarify a number of matters in respect of editorial independence and the contractual commitments of individual services.
'Furthermore, the Authority will consider the matter at its next meeting, scheduled to take place on the 19th October.
'The BAI has not been contacted by Communicorp Group on this matter.
'The BAI will not be making any further comment while this engagement is underway.'
Communicorp have yet to comment on the BAI investigation.