Friday, April 07, 2006

Phantom FM gets green light at last from Supreme Court


Courtesy of the Irish Independent.

Ailish O'Hora

THE Supreme Court has cleared the way for new alternative rock music radio station Phantom FM to begin broadcasting in Dublin.
Phantom FM, which is backed by a number of high profile individuals and companies, including U2 manager Paul McGuinness's Principle Management and promoter Dermot Desmond's Gaiety Investments, got the green light after the court dismissed an appeal by Zed FM against a High Court ruling regarding the award of the licence to Phantom FM.
Zed FM is backed by Bob Geldof. The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland welcomed the outcome. "We have consistently held that the process for the award of the licence was fair, open and transparent, and that the best applicant, Phantom FM, was awarded the licence," it said in a statement. "We now look forward to re-establishing contract negotiations with Phantom FM, with a view to providing Dublin listeners with an alternative rock music service."
Zed challenged the granting of the licence to Phantom FM on a number of grounds, including a claim that members of the consortium had wrongly benefited from illegal broadcasting in the past.
When dismissing the Zed challenge in November, the High Court held that it was for the BCI, not the courts, to consider what weight it would attach to the illegal broadcasting matter when considering the character of Phantom.


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