Independent Network News (Ireland)

Independent Network News (Ireland)

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Independent Network News (INN) was the agency that supplies national and international news to 30 independent local radio stations in Ireland.

INN supplied copy and audio service from its central Dublin studios via satellite, in addition to hourly news and sport bulletins that are broadcast weeknights and weekends.

History

The organisation was set up in July 1997 to replace two rival networks, FM104's Network Radio News, and Ireland Radio News (IRN), which was operated by 98fm.

IRN came into being in November 1991 when the previous national news service - operated by Ireland's first national commercial radio station, Century Radio - was discontinued following Century's collapse.

Broadcasters

The following were among the on-air talent on INN from 1997-2009 -
  • Ken Murray
  • Noel Fogarty
  • Iarla Mongey


Closure

On October 1, 2009, it was announced that INN would close down on October 30. Management cited a collapse in advertising in the first quarter of the year, with 16 journalists losing their jobs.

Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Séamus Dooley said the closure was announced rather poorly, as it was being reported by other media before any of the staff was notified. Dooley said, "Fifteen journalists learned that they would lose their jobs through media outlets, that is simply unacceptable... INN staff have made huge sacrifices over the years and are paid well below the market rate for national...
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