Express Newspapers fight Star title rights

A move by the radio station, Dublin’s Country 106.8 FM, to change its name to Star FM is being resisted by Express Newspapers, which has a 50 per cent stake in the Star newspaper.

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland will consider the name change at a meeting on June 21. The radio station is seeking to change its name in an effort to broaden its audience. An earlier attempt to adopt the name Choice FM proved unsuccessful.

Commenting on the move, chief executive Sean Ashmore said the station had been awarded its licence in 2001 under the name Star FM and the company, Star Broadcasting had registered that business name.

Solicitors for the Star newspaper warned that if the move proceeds, they will put the BCI on notice that a potential infringement of intellectual property rights could be involved.

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