BAI Announces Licensing Decision for the North Donegal Franchise Area

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (Monday 23rd June) announced the decision of the Contract Awards Committee regarding the award of the licence for a local, broad-format radio service for North Donegal.

A contract has been awarded in principle to Donegal Highland Radio Limited (t/a Highland Radio) for the provision the radio service for the franchise area of North Donegal.  The Authority will now proceed to contract negotiations with the successful applicant and further details regarding the award of the licence will be issued in the coming months.



Media Queries to:

Tony Heffernan/Catherine Heaney

DHR Communications

087 2399508/ 087 2309835 / 01 4200580


Editor’s Note

The licence for the local broad-format service for North Donegal was the subject of a competitive licensing process, following the receipt of more than one expression of interest for the provision of the service.  Two applicants qualified for assessment under the licensing process.  Oral presentations were held in Letterkenny on 31st of March.  Details of the applicant groups are provided in the table below.


Franchise Area

Station Type

Applicant Details Contact Details

North Donegal

Local –      Broad-format

Donegal Highland Radio Ltd. t/a Highland Radio Mr. Shaun Doherty(074) 912 5000
Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Ltd. t/a   DLFM Mr. Charlie Collins(074) 916 1156


A further two competitive licensing processes are underway, a niche music-driven service for Dublin City and County and a local broad-format service for Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal and these two processes should be completed over the coming weeks.