The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has signed ten-year contracts for three local and one regional youth radio service.
The three local services are Cork’s 96FM, a music-driven service, C103, a broad-format service; both of which serve Cork City and County, and Midlands 103, also a broad-format service, which operates across Laois, Offaly and Westmeath. The regional service is Beat 102-103 which provides a youth music-driven service in the south-east of Ireland.
Speaking at the contract signings, Bob Collins, Chairperson of the BAI, said: “We are delighted to sign the contracts today with Cork’s 96FM, C103, Midlands 103 and Beat 102-103. There is no doubt that the changes of recent years in the media landscape have posed challenges for broadcasters in a range of ways.
“However, each service signing a contract today has created, and will continue to create, an enduring position for itself in the broader media environment, a position that is reflected in the strong levels of listenership attained over the years of their previous licences. The BAI wishes each contractor continued success in serving its audiences over the new contract period.”
The BAI was represented at the contract signings by the Chairperson, Bob Collins and Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive.