Monday 16 September 2019

Radio licences held by Q102, Radio Nova, and Spirit Radio up for grabs next year

BAI seeking expressions of interest in licences currently held by the three stations

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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is seeking expressions of interest in three commercial radio broadcasting licences.

The licences are currently held by Dublin’s Q102, Radio Nova, and Spirit Radio.

The first contract is for the provision of a “music-based sound broadcasting service on the FM band for a general audience aged 35-55 years in Dublin City and County”.

The licence is currently held by City Broadcasting Limited, broadcasting as Dublin’s Q102, and is due to expire on May 24, 2020.

The second contract, currently held by Classic Rock Broadcasting Limited, broadcasting as Radio Nova, and is due to expire on June 20, 2020.

The service is described as “a classic rock music based sound broadcasting service on the FM  band, targeting adults aged 25 plus years in Dublin City and County and commuter belt.”

Spirit Radio Limited currently holds the licence for a “quasi-national broad-format Christian and religious sound broadcasting service, on the AM and FM bands, targeting an audience aged 15 plus years.”

This licence is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020.

The stations are free to re-apply to retain their licences and Radio Nova have confirmed they will re-apply.

In a statement issued to a BAI spokesperson said, “The Expressions of Interest phase, as launched today, marks the beginning of the relicensing process.

“Both incumbent services, and any other interested parties, are free to submit an expression of interest to the BAI.

“The outcome of this phase will inform the next steps in the licensing process, which is provided for in the Broadcasting Act 2009.”

Parties interested in submitting expressions of interest to the BAI are asked to do so in electronic format to the BAI by 12 noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

The BAI’s Guide for Expressions of Interest and Expressions of Interest Form for the sound broadcasting services are available on request from the BAI’s offices ( or 01-644 1200).

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