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Cummins welcomes new BAI funding for Independent Commercial Radio Sector

Waterford Fine Gael Senator John Cummins has today (Thursday) welcomed the allocation of €100,000 to WLRFM and €80,000 to Beat 102/103 as part of a €2.5m fund which the government has put in place to support the sector.

Senator Cummins said “Fine Gael undertook an extensive consultation with the print and broadcast sector in the context of the future of the media recently and specific supports in the context of Covid-19 were requested, given that advertising revenues have been severely curtailed”.

“I am very pleased that the BAI has put this round in place on foot of the €2.5m of funding which government approved in recognition of the importance of the radio sector in Ireland, especially at local level. Radio stations across Ireland have been essential in keeping people informed throughout the pandemic and provide an essential public service”.

“This funding will serve the dual purpose of both supporting our local and regional radio sector and raising public understanding of the evolving COVID-19 situation. With four-in-five adults in Ireland listening to the radio every day it is a valuable means of keeping citizens both informed and entertained.”

Senator Cummins concluded by saying “All 32 commercial radio stations throughout the country are benefitting from today’s announcement. WLRFM will receive €100,000 under the Special Broadcast Local section while Beat 102/103 will receive €80,000 under the Music Youth Regional section. I look forward to listening to the content that will be created on the back of this government support”.

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