The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was established on 1st October 2009 to regulate content across all broadcasting, assuming the roles previously held by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC). The Broadcasting Act 2009 sets out a range of general and specific objectives for the BAI and specifies that its constituent parts, in performing their functions, “shall endeavour to ensure:
The Act also sets out a range of other objectives for the Authority which include:
ensuring that broadcasting regulation:
The Act aims to increase transparency in the governance of broadcasting in Ireland, thereby promoting legitimacy, accountability and fair procedures in the provision of high-quality, diverse and innovative programming. Particular functions under the Act relate to the BAI’s oversight of public service broadcasters and the allocation of public funding.
Further information about the BAI is contained in the BAI Strategy Document which can be accessed through the documents section.