Denis O'Brien


An outsider taking a cursory glance at independent broadcasting in Ireland in 1991 could be forgiven for thinking that the performance of the sector as whole was at best, disappointing and at worst disastrous. The collapse of the national radio licence holder Century Radio, and the removal of the independent television franchise from the TV3 consortium were landmarks in the recent history of independent broadcasting and, not unexpectedly, dominated most of the public focus, comment and debate on the fledgling sector in the past year.