BAI launches Covid-19 funds for radio

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of a special funding round under its Sound & Vision scheme to support the independent commercial radio sector in its provision of public awareness and understanding of Covid-19, including the risks and public health measures being implemented to reduce the disease’s spread.

In all, €2.5 million in funding has been approved by the BAI following a request by the Minister for Communications and Climate Change Richard Bruton. The country’s independent commercial radio stations can apply for amounts ranging from €45,000 up to €95,000 to assist them in communicating to their listeners on the Covid-19 pandemic.

The maximum level of funding to be awarded will have regard to the type of service provided.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, April 29 2020.  Applications will be assessed as a matter of priority and funding awards announced as soon as possible. The BAI has also agreed to waive levy payments from stations for first half of the year, as requested by the minister. Further information is available on the BAI’s website

Pictured is Michael O’Keeffe, chief executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)


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