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Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

 

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) was established under the Broadcasting Act 2009 (“the Act”) on 1st October 2009, as an independent regulator for radio and television broadcasters in Ireland. The Act sets out a range of general and specific objectives for the BAI and specifies that the BAI “shall endeavour to ensure:

  • that the number and categories of broadcasting services made available in the State best serve the needs of the people of the island of Ireland, bearing in mind their languages and traditions and their religious, ethical and cultural diversity;
  • that the democratic values enshrined in the Constitution, especially those relating to rightful liberty of expression, are upheld; and,
  • the provision of open and pluralistic broadcasting services.”

 The Act also sets out a range of other objectives for the Authority which include:

  • stimulating the provision of high quality, diverse, and innovative programming;
  • facilitating public service broadcasters in the fulfilment of their public service objects;
  • promoting diversity of control in the commercial and community sectors;
  • providing a regulatory environment that: –
    • sustains independent and impartial journalism;
    • sustains compliance with employment law;
    • protects the interests of children;
    • facilitates a broadcasting sector which is responsive to audience needs and accessible to people with disabilities;
    •  promotes and stimulates the development of Irish language programming and broadcasting services.

The BAI gives effect to these responsibilities through a range of regulatory policies, processes and procedures which include among others:

  • The development, implementation and review of a Broadcasting Services Strategy that continues to facilitate dynamic licensing policies and plans and promotes quality programming on Irish television and radio.
  • The promotion of Media Plurality in Ireland through relevant research, the provision of advice to the Minister as required, the implementation and review of the BAI Ownership and Control Policy, and evaluation of media merger proposals.
  • The review and assessment of the adequacy of public funding for RTÉ and TG4
  • The preparation and revision of Broadcasting Codes which govern the standards and practices to be observed by broadcasters.
  • The processing and adjudication of broadcasting complaints, through its Compliance Committee.
  • The responsibility for the Broadcasting Funding Scheme to provide funding for the production (through the Sound and Vision scheme) and the archiving (through the Archiving Scheme) of radio and television programmes pertaining to Irish culture, heritage and experience. The Scheme is funded via 7% of the television licence fee.

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