Noel Whelan: State must face down threats from pay TV

Irish channels have every right to charge international cable firms for retransmission

‘International pay-TV companies  have made massive monies on the back of free Irish-made content.’  File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

‘International pay-TV companies have made massive monies on the back of free Irish-made content.’ File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

In the midst of parliamentary committee deliberations one occasionally comes across an exchange which encapsulates the stark choices at the centre of policymaking.

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