The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland announces details of its Commercial Radio Licensing Plan

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (Wednesday, 25th May 2022) announced details of its Commercial Radio Licensing Plan. The plan comprises the undertaking of relicensing processes for 11 local broad-format sound broadcasting services and 3 local music-driven sound broadcasting services.  Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, the BAI is required to produce plans regarding … Continued

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

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (5th 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 by Athlone Community … Continued

Applications sought for a Community Radio Service for South Dublin

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (4th May 2022) announced that it is seeking applications for the provision of a community radio service serving the community of South Dublin. A public notice seeking applications has been placed in the relevant local paper. The community radio service for South Dublin is currently provided by Dublin South Local Broadcasting Co-operative … Continued

Up to €4.4m funding available for audio and audiovisual programme productions

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced that it will be accepting applications for funding under Round 43 of the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme.  Up to €4.4m in funding is available under the round which is open from the 13th April for independent producers and broadcasters to support new programme productions. Guidelines and the application … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (06.04.2022) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At meetings held in October 2021 and January 2022, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected twenty-two complaints and upheld one in part.  The twenty-two complaints related to the following broadcasts: Clare FM: Morning Focus with Alan Morrissey: … Continued

BAI announces funding of €6.4m under Sound & Vision Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (23.03.22) announced funding of €6.4m under the Sound & Vision 4 Broadcasting Funding Scheme. A total of 48 radio projects and 26 TV projects have been successful in Round 42 of the scheme, following a competitive assessment process. Overall, the round attracted a total of 133 applications, seeking … Continued

Report commends BAI on its contribution to gender equality efforts in the audiovisual sector

 Stakeholder evaluation finds BAI achieves majority of aims set out in its Gender Action Plan The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has made a “very positive and real contribution to encouraging the development of gender initiatives” in the audiovisual sector. That’s according to a new report evaluating the broadcasting regulator’s Gender Action Plan. The ‘Stakeholder Review … Continued

BAI announces funding of close to €500k through Sponsorship Scheme and Sectoral Learning and Development Programme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (17.02.22) announced details of funding allocations under its Sponsorship Scheme and the network funding strand of its Sectoral Learning and Development programme. Funding of €499,500 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of activities and representative groups, details of which are outlined below. Sponsorship … Continued

Latest JNLR figures released

The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (10.02.22). 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 publishes research on impact of gender and diversity in media consumption in Ireland

The BAI has today published research examining the role of gender and diversity in media consumption in Ireland and internationally. The research, entitled ‘Digital News Report: Gender & Diversity in Ireland 2016-2021 & Internationally 2021‘, was led by Assistant Professor Dr Dawn Wheatley at Dublin City University. Presented in factsheet format, the research supports the … Continued

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland announces appointment of new Chief Executive

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Celene Craig as its new Chief Executive, with immediate effect. Her appointment follows a competitive independent recruitment process and has been approved by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD. Ms Craig has 30 years’ experience … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (15.12.2021) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meeting in September 2021, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected one complaint.  The complaint related to the following broadcasts on RTÉ One and RTÉ Radio 1: Six One News – 2nd July 2021 National Treasures … Continued

Latest JNLR figures released

The latest JNLR/Ipsos MRBI report into radio listening is published today (08.12.21). 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 announces funding of €5.9m under Sound & Vision Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (18.11.21) announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision 4 Broadcasting Funding Scheme. Following a comprehensive assessment process, funding of €5.9m has been allocated to 40 radio and 26 TV projects in Round 40. Overall, this funding round attracted 118 applications, seeking approximately €12.87m … Continued

BAI seeks applications for Sponsorship Scheme 2022

Funding of up to €150,000 available for media-related events and activities The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is now seeking applications for its Sponsorship Scheme 2022. Under the scheme, up to €150,000 will be available to support a range of media-related activities during 2022. The BAI will consider relevant events and activities that align with … Continued

Up to €4.5m funding available for audio and audiovisual programme productions

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced that it will be shortly accepting applications for funding under Round 42 of the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme.  Up to €4.5m in funding is available under the round which will open on the 2nd November 2021 for independent producers and broadcasters to support new programme productions. Guidelines and … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (29.09.21) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At its meeting held in June 2021, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered and rejected one complaint.  The complaint related to the following broadcast: RTÉ One: Prime Time – Forgotten Children – 25th February 2021 The Executive Complaints Forum … Continued

BAI welcomes publication of research report on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Irish television and film industry

Auditing Gender & Diversity Change in Irish Media Sectors report funded under the BAI’s Media Research Funding Scheme A new research report auditing gender and diversity change in Irish media sectors has found that while the Irish screen industry has demonstrated an appetite for further engagement on equality, diversity and inclusion, leadership in the form … Continued

BAI launches Community Media Policy

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (18.06.21) – on National Community Radio Day – launched its Community Media Policy. The document outlines the key characteristics and attributes that are representative of the community media sector and acknowledges the significant contribution it makes to the Irish media landscape. It also provides guidance for achieving successful … Continued

BAI announces funding of €7.2m under Sound and Vision Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (31.05.21) announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision 4 Broadcasting Funding Scheme.  Following a comprehensive assessment process, funding amounting to €7.2m has been allocated to 104 radio and TV projects in Round 38. The funding allocation includes €1.4m for eight projects (four radio … Continued

BAI allocates €2.58m to independent commercial radio stations under Sound & Vision COVID-19 initiative

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (29.04.21) announced the allocation of €2.58m in funding for the country’s independent commercial radio stations in order to promote greater awareness and understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 funding initiative was operated by the BAI under the Sound & Vision 4 Scheme at the request of, … Continued

Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decisions Published

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (14.04.21) published its recent broadcasting complaints decisions. At meetings held in October 2020 and January 2021, the Compliance Committee of the BAI considered 10 complaints. Of these, one complaint was upheld, and nine complaints were rejected. The complaints related to the following broadcasts: Today FM: The Last … Continued

BAI launches public consultation on Community Media Policy

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today (18.03.21) opened a public consultation into its draft Community Media Policy.  The draft policy seeks to reflect community media in contemporary Ireland and focuses on its key characteristics and distinctive nature in terms of purpose, structure, and output. Informed by the ‘Community Media Policy and Regulation for the … Continued

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland reports increase in successful Sound & Vision projects featuring women in lead creative roles

69% of projects funded since gender criterion introduced in 2018 feature at least two women in key production positions The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has reported a 28% increase in the percentage of projects funded under the Sound & Vision Scheme featuring a female director since it introduced a gender criterion to the assessment process … Continued

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