Europe on Air Near Fm’s new live weekly program examines the impact the EU can have on the lives of the Irish and European identity. Part 1 will look at the landscape of the media sector in Ireland and the EU. Special guests include Frank Connolly, journalist and head of communications (SIPTU), William Hederman, freelance journalist and part-time journalism lecturer at DCU and Sally Galina President of AMARC, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters.
Ciarán Murray, near media co-op project coordinator and one of the presenters of this series excitedly states ‘The landscape and legislation of media is changing and community media plays an ever so important role to giving a voice and space to people and subjects often underrepresented’.
Discussions will involve the following:
· Quality and amount of information provided compared to entertainment
· Is Ireland’s public service broadcasting fulfilling its role?
· The role of community media (filling the gaps, etc.)
· How Irish situation compares with Europe
· EU directives/policies
· What improvements could be made
Europe on Air will be launched on Saturday March 29th 2014 in conjunction with the Media Literacy Conference organised by Craol in the Teachers Club in Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
This radio series will also be broadcast on 15 community radio stations throughout Ireland. Further information on other stations can be obtained from the Craol website: www.craol.ie.
This project is funded under the Europe for Citizen Project Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).