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Government approves selling parts of Irish TV to Irish diaspora newspaper

The exact amount of the sale isn’t known.

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS approved the sale of parts of the now-defunct Irish TV to a newspaper for the Irish diaspora in Britain.

Irish TV, the short-lived station based in County Mayo, went into liquidation late last year after collapsing under millions in losses.

The London-based Irish Post announced that it was buying digital and intellectual property from Irish TV, which includes the station’s business name, business databases, website domains, social media and extensive video content library.

The sale was awaiting the go-ahead from the state’s competition regulator, which has been officially approved today by the Minister for Communications Denis Naughten.

The exact amount of the sale isn’t known.

Competition regulator

Coalition 2030 Communications minister Denis Naughten. Source: Sam Boal

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission cleared the proposed merger on competition grounds, with the Minister notified of the approval in March of this year.

The regulator’s examination included determining the merger’s potential effect on the plurality of media in the state.

As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination this Wednesday that the proposed media merger will not adversely affect the plurality of media in the state and, as such, that it may be put into effect.

Founded in 1970, The Irish Post is a media brand focused on the Irish in Britain. It manages a weekly newspaper and a website.

Read: The Irish Post is going to take over parts of Irish TV after its closure

Read: Liquidator appointed to oversee wind up of Irish TV

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