As first reported by RadioToday, 17 expressions of interest have been received by the BAI for the current 12 franchises. Let’s meet the other five.
All expressions of interest were received by the current station owners after invitations were published on January 28th, except for the following areas:
South East Region
Currently operated by Beat 102 103, and being challenged by Power FM Group.
Currently operate by Highland Radio, and being challenged by Patrick Simpson.
County Sligo, North Leitrim and South Donegal
Currently operated by Ocean FM, and being challenged by nearby Mid West Radio.
Counties Laois, Offaly and Westmeath
Currently operated by Midlands 103, and being challenged by Midlands Broadcasting Company.
Dublin City and County
Finally, this service is currently being operated by Sunshine 106.8, and being challenged by Easy FM – Ireland’s Country Music Station.
The Contract Awards Committee of the BAI will meet on 1st May next to consider the expressions of interest received and determine the next stage in the licensing process for each franchise area. Stay with RadioToday as we bring you further details as we get them on the big re-licensing of 2013.