BAI publishes Irish Language Data Collection Report

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (18.02.21) published its first Irish Language Data Collection Report. The project is one of several initiatives arising out of the BAI Irish Language Action Plan, which was launched in 2019 and which aims to promote and stimulate the development of Irish language programming and broadcasting services in … Continued

BAI announces funding of €646,000 through Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship programmes for 2021

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (11.02.21) announced details of 2021 funding allocations under its Sectoral Learning & Development programme and its Sponsorship Scheme. Funding of €646,000 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of activities, details of which are outlined below. Sectoral Learning and Development The allocation of funding … Continued

BAI DEPUTY CEO APPOINTED TO BOARD OF EUROPEAN REGULATORS GROUP FOR AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA SERVICES (ERGA)

The Deputy Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), Ms. Celene Craig, recently took up her duties in January as a Board member of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) following her appointment to the position in December 2020. Comprising representatives from national audio-visual regulatory bodies of the 27 EU … Continued

BAI announces €2.5m commercial radio funding round under Sound & Vision Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is now accepting applications for funding under a special round of the Sound & Vision Scheme. The purpose of this special round is to provide support to the independent commercial radio sector to produce programming which will strengthen public awareness and understanding of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Funding Initiative is being implemented in … Continued

BAI announces €5.5m open funding round under Sound & Vision Scheme

Additional funding of €1.4m for programmes to help address challenges being faced by live music sector The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)  has today (27.01.21), announced the launch of a new open funding round under its Sound & Vision 4 Scheme. Funding of up to €5.5m is being made available in round 38 of the … Continued

BAI launches three-year strategy statement

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (14.01.21) launched its new Strategy Statement 2021-2023, which will guide its work for the next three years. This is the fourth strategy since the establishment of the BAI in 2009. The strategy has been informed by a comprehensive review of the effectiveness of the previous strategy; an extensive … Continued

BAI signs contracts with Classic Hits and Radio Nova

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced the signing of the following sound broadcasting contracts for the provision of sound broadcasting services on the FM band: A contract with Choice Broadcasting Limited, trading as Classic Hits, for a Classic Gold / Easy Listening / Smooth Multi-City Sound Broadcasting Service targeting an audience aged 45+ … Continued

More than €6.2m allocated to projects under BAI’s Sound & Vision Scheme

Additional funding secured for 2021 rounds The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (22.12.20) announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision 4 Broadcasting Funding Scheme and details of additional funding for 2021. Following a comprehensive assessment process, €669,092 has been allocated under Round 36 (Community Radio Fund), while €5.58m … Continued

BAI signs contract with Dublin’s Q102

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced the signing of a new sound broadcasting contract with City Broadcasting Limited, trading as Dublin’s Q102, for the provision of the following sound broadcasting service on the FM band: • A music-based sound broadcasting service for a general audience aged 35-55 years in Dublin city and county. … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (02.12.20) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meeting held in September 2020, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected 12 complaints. The complaints related to the following broadcasts: RTÉ One: Nine O’Clock News: 1st June 2020. 98FM: 98FM’s Big Breakfast Show with Rebecca … Continued

BAI launches Broadcasting Sustainability Network and sustainability roadmap for Irish broadcasting sector

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (25.11.20), launched the Broadcasting Sustainability Network and a sustainability roadmap for the Irish broadcasting sector. The Network is a voluntary sector-wide sustainability group of Irish broadcasters and representatives of their supply chains. It aims to foster best practice and to provide the support to make the Irish … Continued

Funding of up to €150,000 available under BAI’s Sponsorship Scheme 2021

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (19.11.20) announced details of its Sponsorship Scheme 2021. Applications are now being accepted for the annual scheme and funding of up to €150,000 is available to support a range of activities during 2021. The annual BAI Sponsorship Scheme makes funding available for media-related activities and events that … Continued

BAI launches online Media Ownership database

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (11.11.20), launched a new website that provides information about ownership and shareholdings of Irish media companies. The BAI has commissioned the School of Communications at Dublin City University to design and maintain a dedicated website www.mediaownership.ie. This website offers a structured and searchable reference database of media … Continued

Latest JNLR figures released

The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (05.11.20). 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 to IPSOS MRBI or the relevant broadcaster.

BAI launches public consultation on new Strategy Statement

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (12.10.20) launched a public consultation on its draft Strategy Statement 2021-2023, which will guide its work for the next three years. Opening the public consultation, Chairperson of the BAI, Professor Pauric Travers said: “The BAI’s vision is ‘An Irish media landscape that reflects and shapes who we … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (23.09.20) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meetings held in May and June 2020, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected 2 complaints.  The complaints related to the following broadcasts: RTÉ 2: FAI Cup Finals: 3rd November 2019 RTÉ 1: Operation Transformation: 26th … Continued

BAI seeks applications under Sound & Vision Scheme

 Up to €4.5m funding available for independent audiovisual producers, TV stations, public service radio and independent audio producers The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is now accepting applications for funding under Round 37 of the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme. Up to €4.5m in funding is available under the round, which was announced in July. … Continued

BAI announces details of up to €4.5m open funding round under Sound & Vision Scheme

Round open to independent audiovisual producers, TV stations, public service radio and independent audio producers The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (30.07.20), announced its intention to operate an open funding round of the Sound and Vision 4 scheme which will be opened for applications on the 8th September next. This round of the … Continued

Glúin Nua supports emerging directors and writers to create short-form content in the Irish language

Mentorship scheme supported by BAI in partnership with TG4, Northern Ireland Screen Irish Language Broadcast Fund, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Gréasán na Meán The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), has today (10.07.20) announced a partnership initiative between the BAI, TG4, ILBF, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Gréasán na Meán to provide a commissioning fund and mentoring … Continued

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland announces details of €750k fund for community radio

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (06.07.20) announced details of a funding scheme specifically for the community radio broadcasting sector. Part of the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme, the Community Radio Fund will see total funding of €750,000 being made available this year. The Fund is open to BAI-licensed community, community of interest … Continued

BAI publishes report highlighting social benefits of community radio

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (19.06.20) launched a new report, ‘Community Radio – Delivering Social Benefit’, as part of its Community Media Action Plan. The publication of the report marks National Community Radio Day and was commissioned by the BAI, supported by Community Radio Ireland (CRAOL) and undertaken by Nexus Research Cooperative. … Continued

Majority believe independent journalism important to proper functioning of society – Reuters Digital News Report (Ireland)

BAI funds inclusion of Irish data in international report for sixth year. The majority of Irish people believe that independent journalism is important to a functioning society. That’s according to the Reuters Digital News Report 2020 (Ireland), which was released today (16.06.20). The report found that 66% of Irish respondents to the international study believe … Continued

BAI allocates €2.5m to 32 independent commercial radio stations under Sound & Vision COVID-19 initiative

PRESS RELEASE The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (03.06.20) announced the allocation of €2.5m to independent commercial radio stations across the country supporting public awareness and understanding of COVID-19. The special COVID-19 funding initiative was operated by the BAI under the BAI’s Sound & Vision 4 Scheme, following a request from the Minister for … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

PRESS RELEASE Wednesday, 15th April 2020 Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (15.04.20) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meeting held in December 2019, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected two complaints.  The complaints related to the following broadcasts: RTÉ One: Prime Time: … Continued

BAI announces supports for broadcast media sector during COVID-19 crisis

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has, today (08.04.20), announced details of a special funding round to support the independent commercial radio sector in its provision of public awareness and understanding of COVID-19, including the risks and public health measures being implemented to reduce the spread of the disease. The special funding round will operate under … Continued

BAI-funded research study sheds light on Irish consumption of video content

YouTube and Netflix are the most popular media for video consumption among the 20-55-year old participants in ‘Netflix and Binge?’, a new research study. The report, which was published today (17.12.19), was commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and undertaken by researchers at Dublin City University (DCU) and University College Dublin (UCD). The … Continued

BAI signs contract with iRadio North West and iRadio North East and Midlands

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (14.11.19) announced the signing of a single sound broadcasting contract with Wilton Radio Limited, trading as iRadio, for the provision of the following two broadcasting services on the FM band: A regional music-driven (youth) sound broadcasting service for the North West (counties Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Longford, … Continued

Canada-Ireland projects receive over €94k in funding

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) have today (06.11.19) announced an investment of over €94,000 to support the co-development of audiovisual content under the Canada-Ireland Co-development Incentive for Audio-Visual Projects. Three Irish production companies will work with three Canadian companies in the development of the following projects: #IBelieveHer Pembridge … Continued

More than €56k awarded under BAI Media Research Funding Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (02.10.19) announced the award of funding totalling €56,318.80 to two applicants under its Media Research Funding Scheme 2019. The scheme aims to support research initiatives that will facilitate the BAI in promoting public debate and informing regulatory policy to shape a vibrant, dynamic media landscape that meets … Continued

More than €5.9m allocated to 122 projects under Sound & Vision Scheme

Latest funding round sees significant increase in number of programmes with women’s narratives and women in lead creative roles. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (30.09.19) announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision 3 Broadcasting Funding Scheme. Following a comprehensive assessment process, €5.9m has been allocated to 122 radio and … Continued

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

Five newly qualified journalists awarded placements under radio Journalism Graduate Programme

Five newly qualified journalists awarded placements under radio Journalism Graduate Programme Internship scheme supported by Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and Learning Waves The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), in partnership with Learning Waves, has today (19.09.19) announced the successful candidates for the inaugural Journalism Graduate Programme. The paid internship initiative is funded by the BAI … Continued

New report on political social media ads identifies inconsistencies in datasets and definitions

Clear definitions of what constitutes political and issues-based advertising online and the availability of comprehensive and fully accessible databases are required to ensure the transparency of digital political advertising and campaigning. That’s according to ElectCheck 2019, a new research report, commissioned by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and undertaken by the Institute for Future … 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

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