This Week In Radio 20/11/2021

Lots happens in the radio industry each week so here’s a summary of the week we just enjoyed.

Here’s what happened

The BAI this week announced the lucky broadcasters that will receive funding in the latest round of the sound and vision scheme. the scheme provides funding for both TV and radio projects

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You can see all the funding allocated by clicking the link below but here are a few examples of content that we can expect in the next little while.

  • RnaG50 will be broadcast on RTÉ One TV and will tell the story of Raidió na Gaeltachta. This will coincide with the stations 50th birthday. (Recommended funding: €240,120)
  • A three part documentary series for RTÉ Radio 1 called My Passion, My Power is being produced by Aoife Kavanagh (recommended funding: €15,710)
  • The Comedy Catch Up with Chris Kent is on its way to Red FM. There will be 30 segments created each 5 minutes in length but we don’t have much detail other than that at this stage. (Recommended Funding: €8,361)

You can get the details of all the funding recommendations right here.

A meeting of the Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media was told this week that many radio station’s are really struggling through the covid-19 pandemic. John Purcell, the head of the IBI told the committee that many members came critically close to shutting stations.

This is never a good thing to hear but it does show how vulnerable the radio industry is at the moment. It’s really hard to say what 2022 will look like especially considering we’re now seeing new Covid restrictions, but all we can do is hope for the best.

Watch the proceedings from the Committee meeting here

Finally this week, some slightly lighter news. RTE 2FM gave away €2,000 in a game of Jinx. If I may say so it was a very tough game as well so fair play.

WOWEE Thanks soooo much guys I am absolutely buzzin I am so delighted can’t believe that happened! thank you so so much!

Kate’s Instagram comment after her win (@katecullen96)

Congrats Kate from us at Radio Land and hope you enjoy the money.

Watch the impressive moment here

Quick Bits

Students from Letterkenny made their debut on RTEjr radio this morning

Ireland has new copyright laws that you should be aware of

Applications are now open for the BAI sponsorship programme 2022

Here are all the winners from the RTÉ radio 1 Folk awards. Highlights air tonight on RTÉ One TV at 10:50

A community station in Mayo has been granted another 100 day broadcast licence

RTE have revealed their 2022 rate card

And that’s the summary for this week. Come back to radio land next week for more radio news📻 and be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for extra stories.