Minister Catherine Martin has today welcomed the BAI announcement of the allocation of €2.58m to the independent commercial radio sector. Minister Catherine Martin provided €2.5m to the BAI in December for this purpose.
Speaking today the Minister said:
“I am very pleased that the BAI has put this round in place on foot of the €2.5m of funding I provided in recognition of the importance of the radio sector in Ireland, especially at local level. It will serve the dual purpose of both supporting our local and regional radio sector and raising public understanding of the evolving COVID-19 situation. With four-in-five adults in Ireland listening to the radio every day it is a valuable means of keeping citizens both informed and entertained.”
The Minister, in welcoming the wide range of projects across all radio stations, added:
“All 32 commercial radio stations throughout the country are benefitting from today’s announcement. Audiences will gain through a wide range of programming, when these projects progress to air. I’m delighted to be able to support the sector in these difficult times and I look forward to listening to the projects that will be created.”
This initiative will build on other measures Minister Martin has taken to support the independent radio sector during the pandemic, including the allocation of €2.5 million to the sector in 2020 which provided funding to all stations. All 32 stations received supports under that round ranging from €40k to €95k.