Newstalk selected to replace INN service - The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 17, 2009
Perhaps I've missed a thread on this?
INN, the news agency that provided news reports for 18 local radio stations has folded, and a six month contract to provide these services won by Denis O'Brien's Newstalk.
O'Brien is not exactly a shrinking violet politically and spent part of the weekend laying in to Ireland's academic economists for their activities critiquing NAMA. He is also engaged in a very public feud with the Independent News and Media (of which he is a substantial shareholder). Independent News & Media board hits back hard at Denis O'Brien | Media | guardian.co.uk
Newstalk brings a welcome to the drear establishment stodge of RTE news, and has run subtantial anti-NAMA coverage. However it also gives us the dubious right wing populist George Hook and his save the nation crusade tour. O'Brien benefitted massively from the sell of of national resources (telecoms) and is now the richest Irish born person.
Whoever controls the press and news media has massive political influence. Any throughts about O'Brien's media activities and aspirations ?