Three BAI radio contracts up for grabs

The BAI is inviting expressions of interest for the contracts held by Today FM, Spin South West and Limerick’s Live 95.

The Contract Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has placed a public notice in a national newspaper seeking expressions of interest in the provision of three commercial radio services: a National Broad-format Service; a Regional Youth Music-driven Service, serving the south-west of the country; and, a Local Broad-format Service for Limerick City & County.

The process of seeking an expression of interest is undertaken in accordance the requirements of the Broadcasting Act 2009.

The BAI has produced a Guide and application form for each radio service, and interested parties are required to submit their expression of interest in electronic format to the BAI.

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 commenced when the Contract Awards Committee issues a notice, inviting applications for the relevant radio service.

The closing date for receipt of expressions of interest is 12 noon, Tuesday 12th April 2016. All expressions of interest received will be made available publicly, following consideration by the BAI.

If expressions are only received by the current station operators, a Fast Track procedure usually follows.

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