Four community radio stations could be replaced or renewed in the near future as the BAI gets ready to advertise new contracts.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will advertise for applications in South West Clare, South West Tipperary, Youghal and Cork City. Operators of the current stations in these areas will be invited to reapply to continue their services.
The current stations in these areas are Raidió Corca Baiscinn, Tipperary Midwest Community Radio, CRY, and Life FM.
Under the Broadcasting Act 2009, the BAI is required to produce plans regarding the number, nature and scope of broadcasting contracts that it plans to enter into. The Authority will now direct the BAI Contract Awards Committee to invite applications for sound broadcasting contracts in the relevant franchise areas.
Further information on the licensing process will be outlined over the coming months.