BAI awards €630k to Irish Language TV and Radio projects

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has today, 22nd June 2011, announced funding decisions for the 2011 Special Schemes round of Sound & Vision II – the Broadcasting Funding Scheme.

The Special Schemes round is designed to encourage the development of a particular theme or objective of the Scheme. A key requiredment is that at least one additional Public Service non-governmental or private partner is contributing funds and expertise to the project. A critical aspect of a Special Scheme is that it must incorporate distinct and substantial training and/or skills development.

In this round funding of €633,000 has been allocated, in principle, to three Irish language projects which will result in the production of 8 hours of television and 3 hours of radio by new Gaeltacht based talent. The resulting programmes will be broadcast on TG4 and Raidió na Gaeltachta respectively. The training, development and mentoring aspect will be delivered by Gréasán na Meán Skillnets, based in the Connemara Gaeltacht, and will provide direct programme development training to participants in the Irish Language.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said: “The BAI is delighted to support these projects under the Special Schemes Round of Sound & Vision II. The provision of training to emerging talent is of great importance and we have no doubt that high quality, Irish language drama and documentary programmes will be broadcast on completion of the projects.”

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