A Sunday Press story claims the government is considering handing over RTÉ 2 television to commercial interests.
The Sunday Press report says that the sale of RTÉ 2 is part of an overall plan to open up the market to commercial television and radio. The newspaper article claims that the government is in favour of handing over RTÉ 2 to commercial interests rather than setting up a third television channel. However, a government spokesperson has described the story as
As part of its programme for government, Fianna Fáil is committed to a major review of radio and television. Part of this commitment includes a new local radio bill which is due to be published by the end of the year. In relation to commercial television, a government spokesperson said that they would not tie their hands one way or the other. However, it is understood that the government is considering the establishment of a commercial television channel.
Cablelink, the television relay channel controlled by RTÉ, has been approached by three different groups planning to operate a new Dublin-based channel. If the go-ahead is given, Dublin could have a commercial channel by next year.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 June 1987. The reporter is Charlie Bird.