The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) today (30th June), signed Community Sound Broadcasting Contracts with Dundalk FM and Ros FM respectively. Both services have been on air since 2004 and today’s signings conclude the licensing processes undertaken in 2009 to relicense services in these areas. Both services now have contracts to broadcast until 2019.
Dundalk FM, operated by Dundalk Media Centre Limited, will broadcast a mix of talk-based programmes, special interest speech, special interest music, religious, sports with many programmes produced and presented by community groups from the broadcast area. The focus will be a variety of quality programmes made by, and for, the people living in the broadcast area. The service will broadcast to Dundalk Town and Environs. The service has been on air since 2004. Alan Byrne (Station Manager) and Stephen Murphy (Chairperson) signed on behalf of the station.
RosFM, operated by RosFM Community Radio Limited, will provide a community radio services for Roscommon Town and Environs. The station’s programme schedule will incorporate programming made by, and relevant to, those with disabilities, the older aged, women, lone parents, youth, unemployed, and voluntary groups. The service will raise awareness around community development, disability issues and wider issues of local concern, in an integrated style. The service has been on air since 2004. Ros FM was represented at the signing by: Bernard Kearney (Chairperson), Tom Flanagan (Secretary) and Matt Rogers (Station Manager).
Speaking at the contract signing, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said: “Both Community stations receiving contracts today have been on air for 6 years under the terms of their existing contracts. The signings today will ensure that the listening audiences in both areas continue to have access to community broadcasting. We wish them every success over the terms of their contracts”. The BAI was represented at the signing by Michael Moriarty, Member of the Authority and Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive.
Media queries to:
Brian Furey, BAI
Tel. 01 6441200
Contact details for both services are:
Proposed Station Name
Company Name and Address Public Contact Details
Dundalk FM Dundalk Media Centre Limited
Ros FM RosFM Radio Limited
Castle Court House