Friday 20 April 2018

Broadcasting body spent €11m on projects including Jolie film

Angelina Jolie was joint executive producer of ‘The Breadwinner’, which was one of the film projects backed by the BAI. Photo: AP
Angelina Jolie was joint executive producer of ‘The Breadwinner’, which was one of the film projects backed by the BAI. Photo: AP
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Just over €11m in funding was offered for radio and television projects under the Sound and Vision Scheme in 2017.

A total of 239 radio and television projects were offered support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Overall the BAI received requests from 440 projects, with requests for funding totalling €39.7m.

The authority also granted licences to 25 temporary radio contracts.

Throughout the year the BAI hosted a number of events to support the launch of the BAI Strategy Statement 2017-2019, the new General Commercial Communications Code, and the BAI-funded section of the Reuters Institute Digital News Report.

In addition the organisation supported screenings of a number of high-profile Sound and Vision funded programmes and films, including 'The Breadwinner', whose executive producer was Angelina Jolie, and 'Between Land and Sea'.

In total the authority received 109 valid complaints during the year relating to programming and advertisements broadcast on Irish radio and television, while the BAI received 29 Freedom of Information requests.

During the year, the BAI, which is funded through a levy paid by public service broadcasters and broadcasting contractors, allocated just under half a million euro to training and development initiatives, while it provided nearly €143,000 in sponsorship to events and activities.

"We have a number of key activities planned for 2018, including the launch of referenda guidelines and public consultation on the Broadcasting Services Strategy and BAI ownership and control policy," said BAI CEO Michael O'Keeffe. "We look forward to engaging with sectoral interests and audiences alike over the coming year."

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