The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will take over regulatory responsibility from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland on March 31 2009.
The new regulator will replace the RTÉ Authority, and the governing body of TG4, as well as the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC).
The new regulator will have the power to curb ownership where a purchaser might end up with more than 25% of licences. Unlike its predecessor the power will be extended to a regional level, taking into account the local advertising market, and setting its own rules for the number of licences that can be held in a particular region.
Source: Broadband TV News
Item added: 3rd November 2008