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 the number, nature and scope of broadcasting contracts that it plans to enter into.
Speaking of the Plan, BAI Chief Executive Celene Craig noted, “The pandemic underscored the importance of local radio for audiences across Ireland and highlighted the quality content on offer for listeners, despite this challenging period. Today’s publication of the Commercial Radio Licensing Plan aims ensure continued access for listeners to a mix of broad-format and music driven services that reflect the diversity of Irish society, in line with the BAI’s Broadcasting Services Strategy, and I look forward to the Contract Awards Committee’s progression of the Plan.”
The BAI’s Contract Awards Committee, on the direction of the Authority, will now implement this licensing plan. Further information and updates on the licensing processes relating to the above services will be outlined over the coming months.
A copy of the Commercial Radio Licensing Plan is available here.