The BAI is responsible for the licensing of independent radio broadcasting services in Ireland and Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 sets out the mechanism by which the BAI shall undertake the licensing process for commercial, community temporary and institutional radio services.
The BAI published its Commercial Radio Licensing Plan 2012-2013 in June, 2012. In its plan, the BAI has set out the number, type and scope of contracts that it proposes to enter into, on the recommendation of the BAI Contract Awards Committee.
A total of 24 sound broadcasting services will be licensed during this time. Of these services, 19 have been progressed through the fast-track application process. The fast-track process is provided for under the legislation where only one expression of interest is received, from the current incumbent, for the operation of the licence. As each fast-track application is assessed by the Contract Awards Committee and ratified by the Authority, a contract for the provision of a service is signed for the next ten year period.
The remaining five services are subject to a competitive licensing process. A competitive licensing process is invoked where more than one expression of interest is received for the provision of a service.
The BAI advertised three commercial radio services in June. The closing date for receipt of applications for these three services was 23rd September. For further information on the applications received, please click here .
A further two commercial radio services were advertised on 3rd September. The closing date for receipt of these applications was 2nd December. For further information, on the applications received, please click here .
The Broadcasting Services Strategy outlines the Authority’s vision for the optimum mix of broadcasting services and sets out how the Authority will apply its statutory functions and regulatory practices over the lifetime of the strategy, in order to facilitate the realisation of that vision.
See the BAI Media Release about the launch of the Strategy
Section 68 (1) of the Broadcasting Act 2009 allows the Authority to enter into a sound broadcasting contract with an applicant for a period of up to 30 days in a 12 month period. Additionally, if the application is for a community sound broadcasting contract, the Authority may enter into a contract for up to 100 days.
In 2014, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) invites applications to apply to the Temporary Radio Services Support Scheme 2014. The BAI will provide funding to support temporary licensed radio broadcasters for training, development and / or evaluation activities up to a maximum of €500 per licence. A contractor may apply for funding for activities that aim to support current training activities or the funding could be used to evaluate the station’s current or previous training, development and / or evaluation activities.
Download a copy of the BAI Sectoral Learning and Development Policy
Section 68(2) of the Broadcasting Act 2009, provides that the Authority, on the recommendation of the Contract Awards Committee, may enter into a sound broadcasting contract with an applicant for the provision of a low-powered sound broadcasting service which is intended to serve only such single educational institution, hospital, or other similar establishment as may be specified in the contract. The term of these contracts ranges from one up to ten years.