BAI gives €21k of funding to community radio

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has announced details of funding being offered to seven Community and Community of Interest broadcasters under its Community Broadcasting Support Scheme.

The Scheme is designed to enable broadcasters to complete reviews that will advance the organisational development of their station. Total funding of €21,610 is being offered to the seven successful stations: Community Radio Youghal (CRY); Cork Community Television (CCTV); Dublin South FM; Phoenix FM; ROS FM; Tipp Mid-West; and, West Limerick FM.

Applications were examined by a panel of assessors, including independent personnel, who made recommendations on the funding to be allocated.

The types of initiatives being funded include a project to increase community engagement; a consultation process and subsequent development of a volunteer charter; two full organisational reviews including the development of business plans; and, three audience research projects to inform programming and strategic planning.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI, said: “The great work of Community and Community of Interest services around the country contributes significantly to Ireland’s varied and diverse broadcasting landscape and the BAI is committed to supporting the ongoing development of these stations.

“We were pleased to see the high standard of applications we received, and the broadcasters’ recognition of the value of undertaking research, reviews and evaluations to ensure the needs of staff, volunteers and communities are met now and into the future.”

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