Sound & Vision Scheme Allocates €5.8m

 

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of the latest package of recommendations under the Sound & Vision Scheme to be ratified by the Authority.

Following a detailed assessment process, funding amounting to €5.835m has been allocated to 124 projects. Of this, €5.22m has been allocated to 34 TV projects, while 90 radio projects will benefit to the value of €615,000. Some 257 applications for funding were received in this 26th Round of the scheme, seeking funding of €21.1m. The number of applications increased by 36 when compared to the previous Round.

 

With 18 TV and 64 radio projects and an overall funding amount of €2.3m, Documentary is the most supported format both in terms of project numbers and the amount allocated. Drama is the second most supported format, with 12 radio and nine TV projects sharing funding amounting to just over €2m. Additionally, 10 Entertainment projects have been allocated a total of €552,000, along with eight Education and three Animation projects allocated a total of €502,000 and €445,000, respectively.

 

Some notable projects supported in the current round include:

  • TV documentaries across public, commercial and community channels, including a feature project on the Maamtrasna murders (1882) for TG4; a programme that follows the journeys of three young people as they transition from one gender to another for RTÉ 2; and a programme that will look at the history, heritage and culture of Cork’s Barrack Street for Cork Community Television.
  • Radio documentaries include a programme on Aiken barracks in Dundalk, broadcast by LMFM; a series of short features on athletes with disabilities on Spin South West; and a programme on Ballycotton Lighthouse on Community Radio Youghal.
  • 21 radio and TV drama projects across public, commercial and community channels include a four-part murder thriller set in the world of the global pharma industry for RTÉ 1, an Irish / Canadian co-production; a TV3 feature on the bank bailout, produced by the same team behind BAI-funded film The Guarantee; and a drama for broadcast on Midwest Radio that tells the story of the Land War in Mayo.
  • Two high value comedy series, Comedy Showhouse for RTÉ Radio 1 and You Couldn’t Make it Up for Newstalk – both second series – also received significant funding allocations.

 

Commenting on the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI, said: “Since the launch of the new Broadcasting Funding Scheme – Sound & Vision 3 – in early 2015, the BAI has announced closing dates for five rounds across 2015 and 2016, with an indicative allocation of €4.75m per round. We are pleased that the careful management of the BAI’s funding supports and initiatives has made it possible to increase this amount by more than €1m for the current round.

 

Of particular note are the number of successful radio applications in this Round, which has increased from 72 to 90. This is a welcome development and indicates that the focus on quality is paying dividends. Overall, the package of awards is very diverse in terms of content, audiences and language, and will, I believe, make a significant contribution to the quality of content that is available for Irish audiences.”

 

The BAI will commence contract negotiations with all successful applicants. A full list of the projects being offered funding is available to download here.

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BAI Hosts Discussion on Programme Standards in the Broadcast Media

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“Ireland is changing; broadcasting standards are not black and white; and respect for the individual and groups in society matters most to viewers and listeners”.

These are the key findings of new research into public attitudes regarding programme standards in the broadcast media. The research was carried out by IpsosMRBI on behalf of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) and the findings were presented as part of a ‘conversation’ on broadcasting standards that was hosted by the BAI today.

During the event, the BAI heard the views of broadcasters, programme makers, civil society groups and members of the public. The event also featured input from Andrea Millwood-Hargrave, a renowned broadcasting standards expert, who provided insights into the concept of a community standard and the broader international experience in this area.

Speaking about the event, Bob Collins, Chairperson of the BAI said: “The BAI has always regarded the public as its key stakeholder group. What the research undertaken by IpsosMRBI shows is that attitudes are not static. What may have been regarded as being offensive in the past may offend fewer now; and what may have been regarded as acceptable some years ago, may now cause considerable offence. In setting and implementing standards the BAI and broadcasters must have due regard to changing attitudes among the viewing and listening public.”

“The research shows a mature and informed viewing and listening public, with many willing to accept the reality that they may be offended by something that is not regarded by others as being ‘offensive’. The majority of those polled agreed with the statement that ‘broadcasters should cater for all tastes even if some of these programmes offend me’.

“The conversation we are having today is just the beginning of the process of redrafting the Code of Programme Standards. There will be full consultation with the public and with broadcasters over the coming months and everyone will have an opportunity to make their views known”, Mr. Collins said.

SOME KEY FINDINGS OF the IpsosMRBI RESEARCH *

Ireland is changing; broadcasting standards are not black and white; and respect for the individual and groups in society matters most to viewers and listeners.
61% of those polled regarded themselves as fairly or very liberal, while 37% regarded themselves as being fairly or very conservative.
71% agreed strongly or slightly with the statement broadcasters should cater for all tastes even if some of these programmes offend me’.
80% were offended by scenes/descriptions of rape/sexual assault or cruelty; 50% by explicit/graphic images; and 30% by comedy or reality TV.
81% agreed either strongly or slightly with the statement: ‘I have different expectations of different channels in terms of the type of content they broadcast.’.
Watersheds and pre-warnings are still regarded as good ideas and are the preferred restrictions. The majority agree that broadcasters should bear full responsibility for what children see.
26% are regularly or occasionally offended by how lesbian/gays/bisexual and transgender people are portrayed on TV. Figures for portrayal of other groups include women (25%); people with disabilities (24%) and immigrants and travellers (both 23%).
In terms of language used, the words that people find most offensive are those relating to race, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.
In 1987, 60% of people stated they would miss the church if it was gone, compared to 34% who would miss TV. In 2012 only 30% stated they would definitely miss the church while 55% would miss TV.
71% claimed to be very or fairly computer literate, but there were significant differences among the age groups. While 95% of those between 18 and 34 placed themselves in this category, just 35% of those aged 55+ did so.
The vast majority of people (85.4%) watched TV at home in the traditional way, with one in two having watched something pre-recorded on their TV in the previous week.
There has been a significant increase over the past three years in people’s use of the social media but this growth shows some sign of tapering off over recent months.

Further details of the research are available at the following link:

http://www.bai.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/20121211-BAI-Attitudes-To-Broadcasting-Research-Smock-Alley.ppt

* Most of these findings were based on face to face interviews with 1,000 people aged 15+ carried out during October and November 2013. The research was complemented by an IpsosMRBI Attitudes and Values Survey undertaken in 2012.

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BAI Awards €1.5m in Funding under New Archiving Scheme

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced the award of funding totalling €1.5m to seven successful applicants under the first round of the new BAI Archiving Scheme.

 

The Scheme has been designed to provide funding support for the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector, contributing to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage.  There was a particular focus in the first round on historic programme material, which is under threat, either through its fragile physical condition or its existence on a soon-to-be obsolete format.  The Scheme is financed through a percentage of the Broadcasting Fund, derived from the TV licence fee.

 

30 applications were received by the closing date of 11th April of this year, seeking funding of €8.4m.  26 valid applications were considered by an assessment panel made up of four independent experts and one representative of the BAI.

 

A list of the successful applicants and the amounts awarded is detailed in the attached table.  The initiatives to be funded include: the archiving of news and current affairs content on Today FM (2000 – 2009) and TV3 (1998 to date); the archiving of RTÉ Television News (1985 – 1999); the archiving of a collection of audio acetate discs by RTÉ (1937 – 1971) and other projects from UTV, the Radharc Trust and community broadcaster, Northern Visions Limited.

 

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said: “The volume of applications received under the first round clearly shows that Irish broadcasters are acutely aware of the need for measures to safeguard Ireland’s broadcasting heritage.  The establishment of the Archiving Scheme has been an important development for both the broadcasting industry and Irish audiences.  The Scheme was developed through engagement with a wide range of broadcasters and expert groups and I am confident that it will contribute to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage and provide the public with additional access to the very rich history and culture of broadcasting in Ireland.”

 

It is anticipated that a further funding round of the Archiving Scheme will be opened before the end of 2013.

 

Full details of the Scheme are available here.

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Latest Round of the BAI Sound and Vision Scheme Awards Announced

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced the outcomes of Round 18 of the Sound and Vision Scheme.

 

Grants totalling €4.462m have been offered to broadcasters and independent producers to support the production of 102 Radio and 17 TV projects. When completed, the funded projects will be broadcast by a range of community, commercial and public service broadcasters across the country. All of the projects being offered funding will explore the themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience.

 

Highlights of this round include:

  • 297 applications were assessed by the BAI in this round requesting a total of €17.135m.
  • A mix of Drama, Documentary, Entertainment, Animation and Education programmes are being funded.
  • The allocation for television projects is €3.78m and the allocation for radio is €677k
  • A Variety of audiences are being served – when complete, the programmes will appear on 44 channels around the country.
  • 15 of the projects are Irish/Bi-lingual programmes.
  • 50 of the projects will be broadcast by Commercial stations, 38 by Community stations and 31 by Public Service stations.
  • Approx. 95% of funds go directly to the Independent TV/Radio production sector.

 

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said “This is the second of three Sound & Vision funding rounds scheduled for 2013 and today’s announcement brings the total funding awarded in 2013 to €8.939m and the total number of projects supported to 223. While we look forward to engaging with those awarded funding, it is also important to acknowledge the large number of quality projects which could not be supported due to the limited funds available.  In Round 18, the Assessment Panels recommended projects with a total value in excess of €10m which far exceeded the allocation.  In line with the Scheme requirements the BAI selected a package that provides format, genre and audience diversity.”
The BAI will now commence contract negotiations with all successful applicants. A full list of the projects being offered funding is available here.
A further round of the Scheme (Round 19) is now accepting applications until 19th September at 12 noon. Applications can made online at: www.baionline.ie

 

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BAI at the The Galway Film Fleadh 2013

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of its partnership with the Galway Film Fleadh 2013.
 
Once again, the BAI is one of the main industry supporters of the popular ‘Film Fair Market’ which facilitates meetings between film makers, producers, financiers, distributors and broadcasters. Other events being supported by the BAI include actor’s master classes, screenwriting master classes, casting workshops and the pitching awards. The BAI has also partnered with Media Antenna Galway to hold a panel discussion during the Fleadh that will focus on opportunities for the independent production sector.
 
In addition, the Fleadh screening programme features a number of projects which received production funding from the BAI via the Broadcasting Funding Scheme;The Sea An Léigear 1922 (The Siege 1922)Run & JumpAn Bhean a Shúil Trasna MheiriceáLife’s a BreezeA Fighting Heart/Croí Trodach
 
Speaking ahead of the Fleadh, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said; “The Galway Film Fleadh continues to provide a unique opportunity for the film, broadcasting and creative communities to meet and discuss developments, trends and opportunities for independent production and broadcasting. We are especially pleased to see a variety of BAI projects being included in the screening programme this year.” Further information including screening times is available at www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

 

 

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Broadcasting Funding Scheme Round 17 Decisions Published

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The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has today, 30th April 2013, announced funding decisions from the latest round of Sound & Vision II, the Broadcasting Funding Scheme. Grants totalling €4.392m for 114 radio and television projects have been awarded in the current round. A total of 313 applications seeking funding support of €18.44m had received by the closing date for Round 17.

The funding of €4.392 million has been offered to broadcasters and independent producers to support the production of 90 Radio and 24 TV projects. When completed, the funded projects will be broadcast by 41 different community, commercial and public service broadcasters across the country. All of the projects being offered funding will explore the themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience.

Highlights of this funding round include:
The funding of fifteen drama projects, accounting for 35% of funding support in the current round (€1.5m);
The funding of two animation projects (€520k);
Support for 12 Irish or bi-lingual projects to a total value of €1.25m;
Support for 79 documentary projects, totalling funding support of €1.89m;
46 of the projects funded will be broadcast on commercial radio and television services; 46 will be broadcast on community broadcasting services; and 22 will be broadcast by Public Service broadcasters.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland said: “Today’s announcement provides continued evidence of the capacity of the Sound & Vision II Scheme to support high-quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience and it is particularly pleasing to see such a diverse range of programmes receiving support in terms of format and genres. A feature of the funding round just completed has been the notable increase in the number of applications received, when compared with the funding rounds operated in 2012 and this is something that will be closely monitored across the year. The increased level of competition for funding has highlighted the difficult choices to be made at the strategic assessment phase in determining what the final package of recommendations should be.”

The BAI will now commence contract negotiations with all successful applicants. A full list of the projects being offered funding is available here.

The next closing date for the receipt of applications to the Scheme is 6th June.

Media Queries to:
Tony Heffernan/ Catherine Heaney
DHR Communications
01 4200580

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Commercial Radio Licensing: Expressions of Interest: Phase 2

In accordance with Section 65 (6) of the Broadcasting Act 2009, the Contract Awards Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“the BAI”) invites expressions of interest from parties interested in securing a sound broadcasting contract (“Contract”) on the FM band for the services outlined in the notice located at the link below.

Interested parties should submit their expressions of interest in electronic format (PDF) to the BAI.  Information in respect of the proposed service should be presented in the format prescribed in the BAI’s relevant Guidelines for Expressions of Interest (“Guide”), or alternatively by completing an Expressions of Interest form (“form”).

There is a Guide and form for each sound broadcasting service, located at the link below.A separate submission or completed form is required for each service.

Please note that an expression of interest in response to this notice shall not be regarded as an application for a sound broadcasting contract.

Parties interested in submitting expressions of interest to the BAI should do so by Monday 25th March 2013.

All expressions of interest will be made available publicly following consideration by the BAI.

View the Expressions Of Interest Notice at: http://www.bai.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/20130117_EOI_Ad_Tabloid_24Jan_v.Final_AC.pdf

Expression of Interest Guides and Forms are available to download at: http://www.bai.ie/?page_id=2983

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BAI Announces Closing Dates For The Broadcasting Funding Scheme In 2013

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (“BAI”) has announced the closing dates for applications to Sound & Vision II – The Broadcasting Funding Scheme in 2013.

The core objective of the Broadcasting Funding Schemeis to increase public access at national, local and community level to high-quality television and sound broadcasting programmes in English and Irish which explore the themes of Irish culture, heritage and experience, in contemporary or historic contexts. The Scheme provides funding to broadcasters and independent producers to enable them to produce such programmes.

Three open rounds will operate during 2013, each with funding of up to €3.5m available towards the production of television and/or radio programmes. In 2013, the Scheme will be moving to an online application system.  For the January round, applicants will have the option to submit by email or online.  The June and September rounds will be by online submissions only.

The 2013 closing dates for the rounds, which will accept radio and television applications, are as follows:

  • 31st January – email or online applications; decisions at the end of April;
  • 6th June – online applications; decisions at the beginning of September;
  • 19th September – online applications; decisions in December.

Further information on the Scheme is available on www.bai.ie

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