Public notices have been placed in newspapers by the BAI asking for applications for three community radio stations in Dublin.
Licences held by Near 90.3fm, Phoenix FM and Dublin South FM will expire next year and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is inviting anyone to submit an application, including the current operators.
Each of the services should be community focused and address the interests of, and seek to provide a social benefit to, the people within the franchise area. The services should be non-profit-maximising and should provide for, and support, access by individuals and groups living in the franchise area.
The closing date for receipt of applications for the services is 12 noon on Wednesday 7th September 2016.
Here’s a bit of background on the current stations and contracts:
North East Dublin
The community radio service for North East Dublin is currently provided by Comharchumann Cumarsáide Pobal Bhaile Átha Cliath Thoir-Thuaidh Teoranta and broadcasts as Near 90.3fm. This Contract will expire on 20th June 2017.
North West Dublin
The community radio service for North West Dublin is currently provided by Dublin 15 Community Broadcasting Co-operative Society Limited and broadcasts as Phoenix FM. This Contract will expire on 30th June 2017.
The community radio service for South Dublin is currently provided by Dublin South Local Broadcasting Co-operative Limited and broadcasts as Dublin South FM. This Contract will expire on 20th June 2017.