BAI allocates €962k to the production of radio programmes

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has today, 24th January 2012, announced funding decisions for Round 12 (Radio) of The Broadcasting Funding Scheme.

Grants totaling €962,000 have been offered to 99 projects to be broadcast on a mix of commercial, community and public service radio stations across the country.

All of the projects will explore the themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience. The package includes eight radio drama projects together with a mix of documentary, educational and entertainment projects. 14 of the projects being offered funding will be in the Irish language/bi-lingual.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said “This significant amount of funding, up by over €150,000 when compared to the last funding round, will allow broadcasters and independent producers to make high quality radio projects for audiences around the country.”

A total of 239 applications were assessed during this round of the Scheme. The package of recommendations was ratified by the Authority at its meeting on 23rd January. The BAI will now commence contract negotiations with all successful applicants.

A full list of the projects being offered funding is available here.

The next closing date for the receipt of applications to the fund is this Friday (27th January) at 12 noon. This round is open to both TV and Radio projects and has up to €3.5 million available.  A guide to applications and an application form is available here.


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