Three local radio stations receive funding of €294,500

Three local radio station’s in this area have received funding totalling €294,500.

Shannonside FM has been awarded funding of €97,000 with Midwest Radio getting €97,500 while Ocean FM received €100,000.

The monies will come from the COVID-19 funding initiative, operated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland under the Sound and Vision 4 Scheme at the request of, and following the provision of €2.5m in funding by the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD. This is the second such funding initiative for the independent commercial radio sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All licenced commercial stations submitted applications to the COVID-19 funding initiative.

The projects being funded cover a wide range of sources of information and educational content on the COVID-19 pandemic, including a number of initiatives in the Irish language.

Commenting, chief executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said: “The BAI is extremely grateful to Minister Martin for the provision of this funding which will serve the dual purposes of assisting the commercial radio sector through this difficult period and the researching, production and presentation of COVID-19 content specifically for their target audiences.

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