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 should be primarily music-based, with programming content of particular relevance to a general audience in the 35-55-year age group in the franchise area. The contract is currently held by City Broadcasting Limited, broadcasting as Dublin’s Q102, and is due to expire on 24th May 2020.

In order to assist with the application process, the BAI has developed a Guide to Submissions and Application Form for the advertised service. Further details regarding the application process and access to the relevant documents can be found here.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday, 31st October 2019. Applicants should note that the BAI reserves the right not to award a contract.


Contact: Tony Heffernan / Joanne Ahern, DHR Communications, Tel: 087-2399508 / 087-9881837.

Note to editors:

The BAI has placed this notice further to the decision of the Contract Awards Committee (“the Committee”) at its July 2019 meeting having considered the two expressions of interest received in June 2019.  These two submissions were received in response to the BAI’s call for expressions of interest in the provision of the music-based service aimed at a general audience aged 35 – 55 years placed in the national press on 18th April 2019.

The Committee considered each expression of interest on its own merits in the context of the relevant sound broadcasting service and franchise area and having regard to the relevant statutory provisions. In each case, it was agreed that both of the expressions of interest received had been made in good faith. Therefore, the Committee decided that the provision of a music-based service aimed at a general audience aged 35 – 55 years for the Dublin City and County franchise area should be open to a competitive licensing process.

The Expressions of Interest for Dublin City & County, music based service, general audience aged 35 – 55 years were received from:

  • Q102, Contact: Margaret Nelson,, 01 8506 500
  • Punneli Technologies Limited, Contact: Mr. Nessen Paul,, 00 353 851901395