Commercial Radio Licensing – Fast-track Process Update

The Contract Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (26.09.19) announced its intention to invoke a fast-track licensing process for a sound broadcasting service, in accordance with section 67 (3) of the Broadcasting Act 2009. The fast-track process may be invoked by the Committee when the only expression of interest made … Continued

BAI launches public consultation on draft Sound & Vision 4 scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (25.09.19) launched a public consultation on its draft Sound & Vision 4 scheme, which will replace the existing Sound & Vision 3 scheme.  The Sound & Vision schemes provide funding for high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience; programmes to improve adult and media literacy; … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (24.09.19) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meeting held on 15th May 2019, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected three complaints. The complaints related to the following broadcast: • RTÉ One: Prime Time: 22nd January 2019 The Executive Complaints Forum of the … Continued

2019 Radio Licensing Update

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (04.09.19) announced two licensing updates; one for commercial radio and one for community radio. Commercial Radio Licensing – Fast-Track process On the 31st July 2019, the Contract Awards Committee of the BAI announced its intention to invoke the fast-track licensing process for the following sound broadcasting contract: … Continued

BAI calls for representations on its second Irish Language Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is calling for representations in relation to the revision of its second Irish Language Scheme. The BAI is seeking submissions from all interested parties in the context of a review of the scheme and the preparation of a new draft scheme in accordance with Section 15 of the Official … Continued

BAI Signs Contract with Dundalk FM

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (27.08.19) announced the signing of a community sound broadcasting contract with Dundalk Media Centre Company Limited By Guarantee t/a Dundalk FM, serving Dundalk and its environs. Speaking at the contract signing, chief executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “We are very pleased to sign a second … Continued

Commercial Radio Licences: Call for applications – Clarification

The BAI has posted to its website today a revised version of the advertisement published in the national press on 1st August 2019 inviting applications in writing from any person or body interested in securing a sound broadcasting contract for the provision of the following sound broadcasting service on the FM band: A music-based sound … Continued

Latest JNLR Figures Released

The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (01.08.19). It covers the 12-month period from July 2018 to June 2019. On behalf of the JNLR Committee a media release and summary information tables are available to download here.   ENDS   Please note: Media queries regarding individual programme or station performance should … Continued

Commercial Radio Licensing: Call for applications

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (01.08.19) announced that it is seeking applications for the provision of a music-based sound broadcasting service for a general audience aged 35-55 years in Dublin City & County. A public notice seeking applications has been placed in a national paper. The service for Dublin City & County … Continued

BAI supporting diverse Irish content at 2019 Galway Film Fleadh

Three Irish features supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)’s Sound & Vision Scheme will screen at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh. These projects, ‘Finky’, ‘Jihad Jane’ and ‘Never Grow Old’ are examples of the BAI’s commitment to increase the production and availability of diverse and culturally relevant content to Irish audiences. Screening details … Continued

BAI seeks applications under Archiving Scheme 2

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (04.07.19) issued a call for applications under Archiving Scheme 2, a BAI Broadcasting Funding Scheme initiative.  Some €2.8m is available under this support scheme, which is funded through the television licence fee to encourage and promote the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector, contributing … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (03.07.19) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meeting held in February 2019, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected four complaints. The complaints related to the following broadcasts: RTÉ One: The Late Late Show: 2nd November 2018 RTÉ One : Prime Time: 1st November 2018 … Continued

BAI Renews Contract for Claremorris Community Radio

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today Thursday 27th June 2019 announced the signing of a community sound broadcasting contract with Claremorris Community Radio, serving Claremorris town and its environs. Speaking at the contract signing, Chief Executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “We are very pleased to sign a new ten-year contract with … Continued

BAI publishes submission on regulation of harmful online content / implementation of new Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (24.06.19) proposed the introduction of new statutory regulation for online videos and harmful online content. The BAI’s vision for the future of media regulation in Ireland is explored in its submission to the Government’s Public Consultation on the Regulation of Harmful Content and the Implementation of the … Continued

Applications sought for a Community Radio Services for Athlone and its Environs

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (29th May) announced that it is seeking applications for the provision of a community radio service serving the community of Athlone and its Environs. A public notice seeking applications has been placed in the relevant local paper. The service for Athlone and its Environs is currently provided … Continued

Call for tenders: the appointment of a Sectoral Sustainability Co-ordinator

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is currently tendering for the appointment of a Sectoral Sustainability Co-ordinator. A Call for Tenders for the contract has been placed on Etenders.gov.ie and the closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 at 12:00 noon

Latest JNLR Figures Released

The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (02.05.19). It covers the 12-month period from April 2018 to March 2019. On behalf of the JNLR Committee a media release and summary information tables are available to download here. ENDS Please note: Media queries regarding individual programme or station performance should be directed … Continued

BAI launches Media Research Funding Scheme 2019

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (17.04.19) announced details of its 2019 Media Research Funding Scheme. A total of €50,000 is being made available to suitably qualified academics, researchers and broadcasting/media professionals in order to carry out research project(s) on themes of relevance to the work of the BAI. The Media Research Funding … Continued

BAI announces licensing plan details

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (17.04.19) announced details of its Radio Licensing Plan for the remainder of 2019.  The plan is comprised of three commercial sound broadcasting services and one community sound broadcasting service. Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, the BAI is required to produce plans regarding the number, nature and scope … Continued

BAI announces effective date for application of broadcasting guidelines for election and referendum coverage

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (10.04.19) announced the effective date for the application of its guidelines in relation to coverage of the forthcoming European and local government elections, and the referendum to amend the Constitution in regard to the dissolution of marriage. Both sets of guidelines will come into effect on Wednesday, … Continued

Complaints to BAI fall by 33% in 2018

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) received 33% fewer complaints in 2018 relating to programming and advertisements broadcast on Irish radio and television, compared with the previous year. Figures released today (31.03.19) by the BAI, show that it received 73 valid complaints in 2018. In 2017, it received 109 such complaints. Of the valid complaints, … Continued

BAI HEO Vacancy: Temporary 2 year fixed-term contract

This Application process is now closed The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is seeking applications for an immediate vacancy at Higher Executive Officer (HEO) level for a temporary 2 year fixed-term contract. Details of the position including the skills and experience required can be found here. Any interested party should submit an application by e-mail to reception@bai.ie by 12 noon on Friday 29th … Continued

More than €5.7m allocated to 119 projects under BAI Sound & Vision Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (14.03.19) announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision 3 Broadcasting Funding Scheme. Following a detailed assessment process, €5.738m was awarded to 119 radio and television projects under Round 32 of the Scheme. In excess of €5.1m was awarded to 29 TV projects; while 90 … Continued

Nathanna Cainte don Raidió

As part of the BAI’s Irish Language Scheme and to celebrate Irish during Seachtain na Gaeilge, we have updated our Nathanna Cainte don Raidió. Try making use of Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge!

Almost €1.9m allocated to six projects under Archiving Scheme 2

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (28.02.19), announced details of the latest funding awards under Archiving Scheme 2, a BAI Broadcasting Funding Scheme initiative. Archiving Scheme 2 is a support scheme, funded through the television licence fee, to encourage and promote the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector, contributing to the … Continued

BAI announces funding of €616k through Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship programmes

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (11.02.19), announced details of its 2019 funding allocation under its Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship funding initiatives. Funding of €616,000 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of activities, details of which are outlined below. Sectoral Learning and Development To support and sustain … Continued

BAI publishes Irish Language Action Plan

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (8.2.19) published its Irish Language Action Plan which sets out the planned activities in support of the promotion and stimulation of the development of Irish language programming and broadcasting services in the Irish audio-visual industry.  The Irish Language Action Plan is one of a number of initiatives … Continued