Closing Dates for Commercial Radio Licensing

The relevant timeframes for commercial radio licensing are posted here once a process is initiated. The current Commercial Radio Licensing Plan 2022 can be found here. 

  • Statement of Interest (SOI) phase for the services listed in the Commercial Radio Licensing Plan 2022 – opens 22nd September 2022, closes 12 noon 20th October 2022.
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Commercial Radio Guides & Available Forms

The documentation for open commercial radio licensing processes is posted to this section.

Munster: 

Waterford City and County: Broad-format, local radio service  

The Contract, currently held by South East Broadcasting Company Limited and broadcasting as WLR FM, is due to expire on 7 September 2023.

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

County Clare: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by Clare Community Radio Holdings Plc and broadcasting as Clare FM, is due to expire on 9 September 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

County Tipperary: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by County Tipperary Radio Limited and broadcasting as Tipp FM, is due to expire on 19 November 2023.

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

Cork City and County: Music driven, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by Siteridge Limited and broadcasting as Red FM, is due to expire on 15 January 2024. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

Connaught-Ulster:  

County Mayo: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by County Mayo Radio Limited and broadcasting as Midwest Radio, is due to expire on 23 July 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

Galway City and County: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by Western Community Broadcasting Services Limited and broadcasting as Galway Bay FM, is due to expire on 17 August 2023.

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Longford, Roscommon and South Leitrim: two services to be operated under a single contract, as follows:
1. Counties Cavan and Monaghan: Broad-format, local radio service
2. Counties Longford, Roscommon and South Leitrim: Broad-format, local radio service 

The Contract, currently held by Midland Radio Group Limited and broadcasting as Shannonside/Northern Sound, is due to expire on 15 October 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form – Cavan & Monaghan (Word doc). SOI Form – Longford, Roscommon and South Leitrim (Word doc).

Leinster, excluding Dublin City and County:  

Counties Louth and Meath: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by Independent Broadcasting Corporation Limited and broadcasting as LMFM, is due to expire on 27 August 2023.

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

County Wexford: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by Corrmuda Limited and broadcasting as South East Radio, is due to expire on 15 October 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

County Wicklow: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by East Coast Radio Limited and broadcasting as East Coast FM, is due to expire on 25 October 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

County Kildare: Broad-format, local radio service
The Contract, currently held by Country Kildare FM Radio Limited and broadcasting as KFM, is due to expire on 16 January 2024. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

Dublin City and County: 

Dublin City and County: Music-driven service (1): Target Audience 15–34-year-olds
The Contract, currently held by Capital Radio Productions Limited and broadcasting as FM104, is due to expire on 30 October 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

Dublin City and County: Music driven service (2): Target Audience 25–44-year-olds
The Contract, currently held by Radio Two Thousand Limited and broadcasting as 98FM, is due to expire on 31 October 2023. 

Guide for Statement of Intent (PDF). SOI Form (Word doc).

 

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Closing Dates for Community Radio Licensing

The relevant timeframes for community licensing are posted here once a process is initiated.

  • Community Sound Broadcasting Service for South Dublin: closing date for Applications is 12 noon on Wednesday, 3rd August 2022; 
  • Community Sound Broadcasting Service for Athlone and its Environs: closing date for Applications is 12 noon on Thursday, 4th August 2022; 

 

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Community Radio Guides & Forms

The documentation for the open community radio licensing processes is posted to this section.

 

  • Community Sound Broadcasting Service for Athlone and its Environs: Guide to Submissions & Application Form; Closed

 

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Submissions / Applications for Commercial Radio

The submissions/applications made for active commercial licensing processes are published here when available.

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Submissions / Applications for Community Radio

The submissions/applications made for active community licensing processes are published here when available.

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BAI Role

The BAI is required to produce plans regarding the number, nature and scope of broadcasting contracts that it plans to enter into.   Information is available on the licensing processes and the types of radio services and the types of televisions services licensed to date by the BAI.

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Current Plan/s

There are currently two active licensing plans, comprising a mix of community and commercial radio services:

 

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