BAI signs contract with Spirit Radio Limited

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has today (Wednesday 22nd December) signed an eighteen month sound broadcasting contract with Spirit Radio Limited (trading as Spirit Radio) for the provision of a quasi-national Christian and religious sound broadcasting service on the AM band with low-power FM transmitter stations.

The initial contract will allow the station broadcast to the cities of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford on FM for a period of 18 months on the understanding that the station will have a quasi-national AM transmission network in place by June 2012. At that time, the Authority will consider extending the contract. Spirit Radio aims to broadcast a Christian and religious radio service that will appeal to a broad spectrum of the Irish population. The schedule will consist of a range of Christian and Mainstream Music complemented by News, Current Affairs and Special Interest speech programming.

Speaking at the contract signing, Mr. Bob Collins, Chairperson of the BAI said: “Congratulations to Spirit Radio on the signing of their contract. This service will add to the mix and diversity of radio services available to audiences in the major centres of population in Ireland.”

Spirit Radio was represented at the contract signing by Tom Ascough (Chairperson), Carole Browne (Secretary), Rob Clarke (CEO) and Garvan Rigby (Programme Controller). Bob Collins, Chairperson, and Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive, signed on behalf of the BAI. The service will commence broadcasting under this contract on Thursday 27th January 2011.

Contact details for the service:
Contact name: Rob Clarke (CEO)
Contact telephone: 01-6144839

Media Queries to: Brian Furey BAI 01 6441200