The Contract Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“the BAI) has today (Friday 2ndOctober) placed a public notice in a national newspaper seeking expressions of interest in the provision of two commercial radio services; a quasi-national speech/news service and a music-driven alternative rock service for Dublin City and County. The process of seeking an expression of interest is undertaken in accordance with section 65(6) of the Broadcasting Act 2009.
In order to assist those interested in making an expression of interest, the BAI has produced a Guide and application form for the respective services. Interested parties are required to submit their expressions of interest in electronic format to the BAI in the format prescribed. The Guides and forms for the quasi-national speech/news service and the music-driven alternative rock service are available on the BAI’s web-site.
The ‘expressions of interest’ phase is not part of the application process for a commercial radio service and an expression of interest is not regarded as an application for the sound broadcasting contract in question. The application process is only initiated when the Contract Awards Committee issues a notice inviting applications for the relevant radio service, further to section 65(8) of the 2009 Act.
The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is Tuesday 1st December 2015. All expressions of interest received will be made available publicly, following consideration by the BAI.
Media Queries to:
Catherine Heaney/Tony Heffernan
01 4200580 / 087 2309835/ 087 2399508
Note to Editors
• The contract for the quasi-national speech/news service is currently held by News 106 Limited, broadcasting as Newstalk. This contract is scheduled to expire on 24th September 2016.
• The contract for the music-driven alternative rock service is currently held by Dublin Rock Radio Limited, broadcasting as TXFM. This contract is scheduled to expire on 26th October 2016.