The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (7th July) announced that it is seeking applications for the provision of community radio services in each of Castlebar and North West Connemara. Public notices seeking applications have been placed in the relevant local papers.
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 two 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 Thursday 6th October 2016.
Castlebar and its Environs
The community radio service for Castlebar and its Environs is currently provided by Community Radio Castlebar F.M. Limited and broadcasts as Community Radio Castlebar (CRC FM). This Contract will expire on 20th June 2017.
North West Connemara
The community radio service for North West Connemara is currently provided by Connemara Community Radio Limited and broadcasts as Connemara Community Radio. This Contract will expire on 20th June 2017.