BAI allocates €5.8m to Sound & Vision

Michael O'Keeffe, BAI

Following an assessment process, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is allocating over €5.8m to 124 projects. Of this, €5.22m has been allocated to 34 TV projects, while 90 radio projects will receive €615,000 from the BAI. Some 257 applications for funding were received in the scheme’s 26th round, seeking funding of €21.1m, BAI chief executive Michael O’Keeffe reports.

The number of applications increased by 36 when compared to the previous round.

With 18 TV and 64 radio projects and total funding of €2.3m, documentary is the most supported format. Drama is second in line, with 12 radio and nine TV projects sharing just over €2m. Ten entertainment projects will receive €552,000, and eight education and three animation projects get €502,000 and €445,000 respectively.

Among the projects supported in the current round:

  • TV documentaries across public, commercial and community channels, including a feature project on the Maamtrasna murders (1882) for TG4; a programme that follows the journeys of three young people as they switch from one gender to another for RTÉ 2; and a programme that will look at the history, heritage and culture of Cork’s Barrack Street for Cork Community Television.
  • Radio documentaries include a programme on Aiken barracks in Dundalk, broadcast by LMFM, short features on athletes with disabilities on Spin South West and a programme on Ballycotton Lighthouse on Community Radio Youghal.
  • 21 radio and TV drama projects across public, commercial and community channels include a four-part murder thriller set in the world of the global pharma industry for RTÉ 1, an Irish/Canadian co-production; a TV3 feature on the bank bailout, produced by the same team behind BAI-funded film The Guarantee; and a drama for broadcast on Midwest Radio telling the story of the Land War in Mayo.
  • Two comedy series, Comedy Showhouse for RTÉ Radio 1 and You Couldn’t Make it Up for Newstalk, both second series, also received BAI funding.


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