BAI Awards Over €7m to Radio & TV Projects Across Ireland

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of the latest funding awards under the Sound & Vision Broadcasting Funding Scheme.

The BAI has also indicated, following a meeting of the Authority in recent days to consider a request from the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, that details of a special round of the Sound & Vision 4 scheme to support independent commercial radio stations will be published in the coming week.

The announcement follows a comprehensive assessment process, which will see €7.02 million allocated to 126 radio and television projects. A total of 36 TV projects will be awarded €6.41 million, while 90 radio projects will receive €650,000.

Overall, Round 34 attracted 229 applications, seeking funding of almost €19.8m. Documentary proved to be the most popular category for applications for both radio and television, while projects in drama, animation, education and entertainment were all well-represented.

In more recent rounds under the Sound & Vision Funding Scheme, the assessment of applications has included consideration of the number of women in key creative roles, as a measure to support greater gender equality in the industry. All except two of the TV projects receiving funding indicate that – at least – one of the creative production roles will be undertaken by women. More than 80% of the successful TV projects identified between one and four women in lead creative roles.

Funding allocated in this round of the Sound & Vision Funding Scheme will facilitate the production of 126 projects based on lrish culture; heritage and experience; global affairs that affect the lrish State; media literacy; and adult literacy. Projects will be broadcast across 45 different channels, including community, commercial and public service broadcasters.

Commenting on the announcement, chief executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said: “Once again, the level of funding sought in this round of Sound & Vision significantly exceeded the money available. Given the quality, variety and diversity of the projects proposed, assessors were faced with difficult choices. The funding award today for 126 radio and television projects represents an increase of more than €1m on the previous round and we congratulate all successful applicants.

“Allocating funding under the Sound & Vision Scheme helps the Authority in achieving its objective to increase the production and availability of culturally relevant content for Irish audiences. It is also a crucial source of support for independent programme-makers and broadcasters. Without the funding from Sound & Vision, which comes from revenue provided by the licence-payer, many of the funded programmes would never be produced.

“It is especially important that the broadcasting sector continues to be funded and develop during this difficult period. Many people are turning to broadcasting at this time for information and entertainment and to remain connected. The BAI is pleased to be in a position to support the request, by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton, to ringfence funding to provide further support under the Sound & Vision Funding Scheme to the independent commercial radio sector. Details of this special round of the scheme will be announced in the coming week, along with the announcement of further rounds to support the community radio sector and the television and public service radio sectors,” added Mr O’Keeffe.