DCU Institute of Future Media, Democracy and Society Institúid DCU um Meáin Todhchaí, Daonlathas agus Sochaí
DCU Institute of Future Media, Democracy and Society Institúid DCU um Meáin Todhchaí, Daonlathas agus Sochaí

Media Ownership Ireland


The Media Ownership Ireland database is designed and maintained by staff at the DCU School of Communications. The project is an initiative of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) in the context of its statutory requirement to conduct research relating to the plurality of the media in Ireland and to publish such research. The BAI committed to developing this database when it published its Media Plurality Policy in 2019 and the database is framed by the definition of “media business” contained in this policy and the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (the 2014 Act). The database has been designed to be a useful reference point for the implementation of the Media Mergers section of the 2014 Act, in particular, the BAI’s requirement to produce a report every three years that provides an analysis of the impact of relevant ownership and control changes on the plurality of media in the state. Two such reports have been published to date and a third one is due in 2021.

Information about ownership and shareholdings is derived (as indicated in displayed records) from the Irish Companies Records Office, the FAME database, corporate annual reports, company websites and direct communication with media outlets and/or their owners. The ownership status of all media outlets included in the Media Ownership database is revisited at six-monthly intervals, with the most recent date of update indicated on relevant tables. The creators of the database cannot take responsibility for errors or omissions in the source material used.

Data errors or amendments should be notified to Dr Roddy Flynn, Project Coordinator at DCU. We will endeavour to correct the database within five working days.

Technical, access, or website issues should be notified to Dr Dónal Mulligan, at DCU.

Key Information



Dr Roderick Flynn

Dr Roderick Flynn is a researcher and lecturer in the DCU School of Communications. His research interests are diverse and span the social history of communication, political economy of the media, telecommunication and broadcasting policy, and the history of media technology. In recent years a major focus of his research has been on questions of media ownership and media concentration. Roddy was part of a vast international study, the results of which are due to be published later this year in ...

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