The NUJ has expressed concern over the proposed sale of Cavan’s Anglo Celt to Denis O’Brien’s Independent News and Media.
The sale was approved by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission last November but it’s now being reviewed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
There’s much controversy surrounding the sale, as many people feel it would give INM dominance of the media in Ireland.
Yesterday INM CEO Robert Pitt told an Oireachtas Committee meeting that any existing editors, journalists and production staff would be retained if the merger is given the go ahead.
But Seamus Dooley, Secretary of the National union of Journalists says INM have recently outsourced all editorial production to the UK, and he has concerns this would be the case if INM acquired other regional newspapers.
Mr Dooley also recognises the financial struggles that many regional newspapers are faced with.
However he says rather than protecting regional newspapers by being part of a larger company which has more resources – we should be looking at other ways to fund the survival of newspapers.