BAI publishes revised Broadcasting Services Strategy

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (07.11.18), launched its revised Broadcasting Services Strategy (BSS), which provides the framework for the formulation of licencing plans and associated licencing activities by the BAI. It is one of the primary means by which the Authority fulfils its key statutory objective of endeavouring to ensure that the … Continued

BAI publishes updated guidelines on election coverage

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has today (20.09.18) published updated guidelines in respect of election coverage. The guidelines will apply to the planned Presidential election on Friday 26th October next and future elections which may arise over the coming years. The guidelines have been developed further to the provisions of the BAI Code of … Continued

BAI launches public consultation on proposed changes to rules on television subtitling, Irish Sign Language and audio description

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (13.06.18) launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the BAI’s Access Rules, which govern the amount of subtitling, Irish Sign Language and audio description that Irish television broadcasters must offer to the public. The objective of the rules is to increase the understanding and enjoyment of … Continued

BAI launches public consultation on revised Broadcasting Services Strategy

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (24.04.18) launched a public consultation on a draft revised Broadcasting Services Strategy (BSS). The purpose of the consultation is to share the BAI’s vision for the broadcasting landscape and to elicit the views of stakeholders on this vision and options for future development. It also provides the … Continued

BAI launches new Short News Reporting Code of Practice

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (28th June 2017) announced details of its new Short News Reporting Code of Practice, which will come into effect on 1st September 2017. As provided for under the European Union’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), the BAI’s Code of Practice sets out the requirements for Irish broadcasters … Continued

Revised BAI General Commercial Communications Code comes into effect

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced that its revised General Commercial Communications Code comes into effect today, 1st June 2017. The Code sets out the rules that Irish radio and television stations must comply with when it comes to airing advertising, sponsorship, product placement and other forms of commercial communications. The aim of … Continued

BAI launches revised General Commercial Communications Code

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (28.03.17) launched its revised General Commercial Communications Code, which sets out the rules that Irish radio and television stations must comply with when it comes to airing advertising, sponsorship, product placement and other forms of commercial communications. The revised Code will come into effect on 1st June … Continued

BAI launches public consultation on draft General Commercial Communications Code (Closed)

The public should be confident that commercial communications on television and radio are legal, decent, honest, truthful, and protect the interests of children, and broadcasters should have clear guidelines on the standards that apply. That’s according to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), which today (26.07.16) launched a public consultation on the draft General Commercial … Continued

BAI updates the Access Rules

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (4th August) published its updated BAI Access Rules, designed to promote the understanding and enjoyment of programmes by persons who are deaf or have a hearing impairment, persons who are blind or partially sighted and persons who have a hearing impairment and are partially sighted. The Access … Continued

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Moratorium on General Election Coverage

In advance of the upcoming General Election vote, the BAI is today reminding broadcasters that a moratorium on General Election coverage comes into effect from 2pm on Thursday the 25th February 2016. The moratorium will remain in effect until polling stations close at 10pm on Friday 26th February. During this period, radio and television broadcasters will … Continued

Guidelines on Coverage of the General Election Issued

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“the BAI”) has today (9th November 2015) published its Rule 27 Guidelines – General Election Coverage.  The Guidelines will come into effect immediately on the dissolution of the 31st Dáil and will remain in place until the closing of polling stations on the day of the Election. The Guidelines are provided … Continued

Smartphone the defining device for accessing digital news in Ireland

Research published today (Tuesday 16th June) by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has found that smartphones are the defining device when it comes to accessing digital news in Ireland.  The global report can be accessed via a dedicated site, www.digitalnewsreport.org The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has funded the inclusion of Ireland, … Continued

BAI Issues Guidelines on Referenda Coverage

In advance of the two referenda to be held in May 2015, the BAI has today (25th March) published its updated Guidelines in Respect of Coverage of Referenda. The Guidelines supplement the BAI Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality in News and Current Affairs and provide direction and advice to broadcasters as to how fairness, … Continued

BAI Makes Changes to Rules on Television Subtitling, Sign Language and Audio Description

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (27.01.15) published revised rules governing the level of subtitling, sign language and audio-description that Irish television broadcasters must offer to the public. The rules update the current Access Rules, which were last reviewed in 2012. The changes are aimed at making television more enjoyable and accessible for … Continued

BAI Launches Revised Code of Programme Standards

A key aim of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s (BAI) Code of Programme Standards is to promote responsible broadcasting.  In addition, the code seeks to ensure that access to information, entertainment and education – as well as a range of views in the broadcast media – are enhanced and undue offence and harm are reduced.  … Continued

BAI Comment in Respect of Issues Raised by Una Mullally

Further to an opinion editorial by Una Mullally, published in today’s Irish Times (8.12.14), the BAI has said: The BAI has, at no time in its engagements with broadcasters, issued any direction requiring that broadcasters must automatically “balance” a discussion with an opposing view.  Neither has the BAI, at any stage, made a “ruling on … Continued

BAI Launches New Compliance and Enforcement Policy

“The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is committed to promoting and encouraging a culture of compliance and accountability amongst broadcasters and contractors by working with the sector and encouraging more focused self-reporting,”. That’s according to Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI who was, today (19.11.14), addressing an industry-focused briefing event on the BAI’s new … Continued

Reminder: BAI Code of Programme Standards Consultation

The deadline to submit feedback to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s (BAI) public consultation on proposals for a revised draft Code of Programme Standards that will apply to all Irish broadcasters is 5pm next Friday, 22nd August 2014. Following a review of the current Code of Programme Standards, which has been in operation since 2007, … Continued

Broadcasting Funding Scheme: Updated Application Documents Published

New application documents have been published for the upcoming round of Sound & Vision II – the Broadcasting Funding Scheme. Updated Guidelines for Applicants and a new Application form are now available. The documents in English are available here The documents as Gaeilge are available here The next round of the Scheme (Round 22)  is … Continued

Reminder: Deadline Approaching to Submit to Public Consultation on Proposed Changed to Broadcasting Access Rules

The deadline to submit feedback to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s (BAI) public consultation on proposed changes to rules governing the level of subtitling, sign language and audio-description that Irish television broadcasters must offer is 5pm next Wednesday, 23rd July 2014. The proposals are aimed at making television more enjoyable and accessible for people who … Continued

BAI Seeks Views on Draft Code of Programme Standards

To view the BAI Draft Code of Programme Standards Consultation video, click below The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (1st July), launched a public consultation on proposals for a revised draft Code of Programme Standards that will apply to all Irish broadcasters. The Broadcasting Act 2009 requires the BAI to prepare codes and … Continued

Changes Proposed to Rules on Television Subtitling, Sign Language & Audio Description

– Public invited to offer feedback – The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (26th May 2014) launched a public consultation on proposed changes to rules governing the levels of subtitling, sign language and audio-description that Irish television broadcasters must offer to the public.  The new rules will update the current Access Rules in … Continued

BAI Highlights Moratorium Requirement & Publishes Decision On Complaint

In advance of the Local and European Elections and the By-elections in Longford-Westmeath and Dublin West, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) reminds broadcasters of the requirement to comply with the moratorium in place in advance of, and during the day of, voting on these important elections. The Moratorium is provided for in the BAI … Continued

BAI Publishes Local and European Election Guidelines

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (10th March) published its new Guidelines in Respect of Coverage of Local and European Elections.  The Guidelines, which have immediate effect, have been issued to all broadcasters in the State in advance of the local and European elections being held on Friday 23rd May, 2014. The Guidelines … Continued

BAI hosts Discussion on Programme Standards in the Broadcast Media

PRESS RELEASE Ireland is changing; broadcasting standards are not black and white; and respect for the individual and groups in society matters most to viewers and listeners.  These are the key findings of new research into public attitudes regarding programme standards in the broadcast media. The research was carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf … Continued

BAI Event to discuss Broadcasting Standards

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) will seek and discuss views about broadcasting standards with broadcasters, programme makers, representative groups, as well as viewers and listeners during a unique ‘conversation’ event which will take place on Thursday, 12th December from 9.30am – 1pm at Smock Alley Theatre, 6 – 7 Lower Exchange Street, Dublin 8. … Continued

BAI publishes Referenda Coverage Guidelines

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (8th August) published its new Guidelines in Respect of Coverage of Referenda.  The Guidelines, which have immediate effect, have been issued to all broadcasters in the State in advance of the referenda being held on 4th October, 2013. The referenda concern the proposal to establish a new … Continued

BAI Issues Rules on Food Advertising to Children

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (4th June 2013) issued revised versions of its General and Children’s Commercial Communications Codes. The Codes have been updated to include rules to be applied to the promotion of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) food to children. The rules will come into effect on 2nd September … Continued

BAI launches Code of Fairness in News and Current Affairs

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (9th April 2013) launched a Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality in News and Current Affairs. The Broadcasting Act 2009 requires that broadcasters ensure that all news broadcast is reported and presented in an objective and impartial manner, without any expression of the broadcaster’s own views.  The … Continued

Reminder: BAI Highlights Referendum Coverage Requirements

In advance of the forthcoming referendum scheduled for Saturday 10th November 2012, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) reminds broadcasters of the requirement, further to the BAI Broadcasting Code on Referenda and Election Coverage (“the Code”), to ensure that coverage of the referendum is fair, objective and impartial. The Code requires coverage of the referendum … Continued

BAI Highlights Referendum Coverage Requirements

In advance of the forthcoming referendum scheduled for Saturday 10th November 2012, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) reminds broadcasters of the requirement, further to the BAI Broadcasting Code on Referenda and Election Coverage (“the Code”), to ensure that coverage of the referendum is fair, objective and impartial. The Code requires coverage of the referendum … Continued

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) Moratorium on Referendum Coverage

The BAI is today reminding broadcasters that a moratorium on coverage of the referendum on the Treaty on Stability, Co-operation and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union comes into effect from 2pm on Wednesday 30th May. The moratorium will remain in effect until 10pm on Thursday 31st May, when polling stations close. During this period, … Continued

BAI publishes new Access Rules on Subtitling, Sign Language and Audio Description

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (14.05.2012) published new rules to govern the level of subtitling, sign language and audio description that Irish television broadcasters must offer to the public. The new rules will update the current Access Rules in place since 2005. The BAI Access Rules aim to make television more enjoyable … Continued