Contracts signed for Commercial and Community Radio Services

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (Thursday 15th December) signed contracts for four, ten-year sound broadcasting services.  The services include the Quasi-National Speech/News-driven service, Newstalk 106; a community radio service for Lucan and its Environs, Liffey Sound; a Special Interest Community service for Dublin City, Dublin City FM; and, a Community of Interest service, in the Irish language, for Dublin City, Raidió na Life.

Speaking at the contract signings, Chief Executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe, said: “The BAI is delighted to have signed contracts today with Newstalk 106, Liffey Sound, Dublin City FM and Raidió na Life.  The different nature of each of the services being contracted with here today underlines the unique and distinctive voice that radio has in Ireland at a national, local and community level.  Whether that service is offering speech-driven content that seeks to entertain, engage and challenge its audience; is a community radio service seeking to give a voice to those not served by mainstream broadcasting services; or is representing the interests of the geographic or language communities that it serves, each variously demonstrates the importance of good quality content and the principles of inclusion and representation.

The BAI wishes each contractor continued success in serving their audiences and continuing to address the interests of the communities that they serve.”

The BAI was represented at the contract signings by the Chairperson, Pauric Travers and Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive.  The signatories for each of the stations, together with the effective date for each contract, are as follows:

Station Name Franchise Area Station Signatories Effective Date
Dublin City FM  Dublin City  Ellen Gunning, Chairperson; Brian Cunneen, Secretary 1st January 2017 
Raidió na Life  Dublin City  Susan Ní Dhubhlaoich, Chairperson; P.T. MacRuairí, Secretary.  1st February 2017 
Liffey Sound  Lucan and its Environs  Patrick Quinn, Chairperson; Brendan Hackett, Secretary.  1st January 2017 
Newstalk 106  Quasi National  Lucy Gaffney, Director; Tim Collins, CEO.  1st January 2017 


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