The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (9th June) announced that it is seeking applications for the provision of three community radio services further to its licensing plan for 2016. Public notices seeking applications have been placed in the local paper for services in each of the franchise areas of North East, North West and South Dublin.
Each of the services should be community focused and address the interests of, and seek to provide a social benefit to, the people within the franchise area. The services should be non-profit-maximising and should provide for, and support, access by individuals and groups living in the franchise area.
In order to assist with the application process, the BAI has developed a Guide to Submissions document for each of the three services advertised today. Further details on the application process, and access to the relevant documents, can be found here.
The closing date for receipt of applications for the services is 12 noon on Wednesday 7th September 2016.
North East Dublin
The community radio service for North East Dublin is currently provided by Comharchumann Cumarsáide Pobal Bhaile Átha Cliath Thoir-Thuaidh Teoranta and broadcasts as Near 90.3fm. This Contract will expire on 20th June 2017.
North West Dublin
The community radio service for North West Dublin is currently provided by Dublin 15 Community Broadcasting Co-operative Society Limited and broadcasts as Phoenix FM. This Contract will expire on 30th June 2017.
The community radio service for South Dublin is currently provided by Dublin South Local Broadcasting Co-operative Limited and broadcasts as Dublin South FM. This Contract will expire on 20th June 2017.