Commercial FM Services

The licensing process for commercial radio services on the AM and FM bands are initiated by the Authority.

There are currently 34 commercial radio services on-air throughout the country, national, regional and local providing a mix of news/speech-driven, music-driven and local content-driven services.

The BAI issues licensing plans which detail any planned licensing processes for such commercial radio services.

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Community / Special Interest FM Services

The licensing process for community / community of interest / special interest radio services on the AM and FM bands are initiated by the Authority.

Currently there are 22 community / community of interest / special interest services on-air.

The BAI issues licensing plans which detail any planned licensing processes for such community radio services.

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Temporary Services

The BAI can award temporary sound broadcasting contracts for a period of up to 30 days in a 12 month period and also, if the applicant group represents a community and is seeking to set up a community radio station, then the period can be up to 100 days.

The 30 day licenses are typically awarded to educational, sporting and other groups for special event purposes and the BAI awards approximately 25 such licences per year. Approximately 5 temporary sound broadcasting contracts are awarded annually on a pilot basis to community groups interested in establishing a full-time community station in the future.

Applicants can apply at any time for such a licence.

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Content Provision Contracts

Any person who wishes to supply a compilation of programme material for the purpose of inclusion as part of a multiplex, or for the purpose of its being transmitted as a broadcasting service in the State, part of the State or elsewhere by means of an electronic communications network including a satellite network, an MMD system, a fixed or mobile terrestrial network, a cable television network, an internet protocol television network, or any other form of electronic communications network, can apply to the BAI for a content provision contract.

The content provision contracts have to date being typically awarded to services broadcasting on a trial Digital Audio Broadcasting platform or for the provision of Christian radio services on a cable network.  There are currently 3 such services broadcasting: Amazing Radio, Raidió Rí Rá and United Christian Broadcasters.

Applicants can apply at any time for such a licence.

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Institutional

Institutions such as colleges and hospitals can apply for institutional sound broadcasting contracts which can be awarded for a period of up to ten years. There are currently 6 institutional services: Dreamtime Radio (Kilkenny), CUHFM Hospital Radio (Cork), Regional Hospital Radio (Limerick), St. Ita’s Hospital Radio (Dublin), South Tipperary General Hospital Radio and Reflink (Irish Rugby Football Union).

Applicants can apply at any time for such a licence.

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Useful Licensing Documentation for Potential Applicants

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