Bruce Arnold

Critic of Public Affairs, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

Debating the media in its many facets

Vincent Browne wrote last Wednesday in 'The Irish Times' why he does not "believe Denis O'Brien is a fit person to be allowed (to) control the country's second most powerful media enterprise", Independent News and Media. He made several errors of fact. He described Mr O'Brien as the "owner" of INM. He is not the owner. The shareholders (of which Mr O'Brien is the biggest) are the owners.

Mr Browne published leaked material purporting to show how Mr O'Brien tried to interfere directly with editorial policy. In fact, none contained Mr O'Brien's direct participation, but were with a board member, Leslie Buckley. Read More...