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BAI issues €4.5 million in TV and Radio comissions

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has issued just under €4.5million to new Irish TV and Radio programmes. The Sound and Vision Fund is supported through the Television Licence Fee. 88 new radio projects and 21 TV projects were awarded funding out of 287 applications, with applications coming from 16 different genre/format categories. In total the TV projects will receive just under €4million, while radio project will receive just over €500,000.


Television will be divided between Setanta Sports, RTÉ, TV3, TG4, CCTV and DCTV. Pay broadcaster Setanta Sport was awarded €221,000 from the fund. Commercial broadcaster TV3 was awarded €1,399,000, public broadcasters RTÉ and TG4 received €1,825,000 and €295,000 respectively, while Community TV channels CCTV and DCTV received €30,000 and €148,000 respectively.

In radio Community Radio received €238,234, RTÉ received €123,480, national broadcasters NewsTalk and TodayFM received €52,409.62 and local broadcasters received €123,480.

Speaking about the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the BAI said “Round 19 of Sound & Vision marked a record in the number of applications received in any round of the Scheme to date. Today’s announcement brings the total funding awarded in 2013 to in excess of €13.35m and the total number of projects supported to 342. As with previous rounds, the number of applications received was far in excess of funding available, and while the BAI was, fortunately, able to allocate funding above that indicatively set for this round, we are also conscious that there were a significant number of quality projects that did not receive funding support. Our approach to the funding rounds in 2014, which was announced in recent weeks, recognises the finite resources available next year and the need for the BAI to adopt its approach accordingly through the provision of two open rounds and one targeted round of the Scheme, focussing on animation and education.”

The tables below list the TV and Radio productions awarded funding:-

Producer Production Company Title Channel Format Funding
Emma Bowell Frameworks Films Limited The Limerick Soviet CCTV Documentary 30,000.00
CCTV 30,000.00
Ciarán Moore DCTV We Love Dublin City DCTV Documentary 75,000.00
Ciarán Moore DCTV Festival TV 3: In the Neighbourhood DCTV Entertainment 73,000.00
DCTV 148,000.00
Anne Heffernan Mind the Gap Films Limited Holding Out for a Hero RTÉ 2 Entertainment 330,000.00
Stuart Switzer Coco Television Productions Limited Norah Casey's Traveller Business School  RTÉ 2 Entertainment 280,000.00
Ashlene Aylward Lagan Media Productions Oíche na Gaoithe Móire RTÉ One Documentary 115,000.00
John Murray Crossing the Line Productions Limited Ireland's Wild Cities RTÉ One Documentary 300,000.00
Rónán Ó muirthile Animo Television The Family Project Series 2 RTÉ One Documentary 240,000.00
Rory Lorton Wildfire Films A Grand Design: The National Gallery of Ireland Reborn  RTÉ One Documentary 127,000.00
Ruth Coady Parallel Films Productions Ltd BROOKLYN RTÉ One Drama 300,000.00
John Murray Crossing the Line Productions Limited Junior Wild Trials RTÉjr Education 133,000.00
RTÉ 1,825,000.00
Shane Tobin Square One Productions Limited Battle of Oriel Park  Setanta Sports Ireland Documentary 76,000.00
Stephen Smith Midas Productions The Donegal All Black Setanta Sports Ireland Documentary 145,000.00
Setanta 221,000.00
Grainne Mcguinness Indee Productions  Bia Linn 2 TG4 Education 100,000.00
Paddy Hayes Magamedia Teo Deoch an Dorais TG4 Documentary 95,000.00
Stephen Smith Midas Productions It Tolls For Thee TG4 Documentary 100,000.00
TG4 295,000.00
John Kelleher John Kelleher Media Guaranteed! TV3 Drama 275,000.00
Lesley  Mckimm Newgrange Pictures My Name is Emily  TV3 Drama 400,000.00
Owen Mcardle TV3 Islanders TV3 Documentary 203,000.00
Paula Heffernan Element Films A Date For Mad Mary TV3 Drama 400,000.00
Triona Campbell beActive International The Stand Up's TV3 Documentary 121,000.00
TV3 1,399,000.00


Producer Production Company Title Station Format Funding
Mary Lennon Athlone Community Radio The Midtown Incident Athlone Community Radio Drama 7,200.00
Mary Lennon Athlone Community Radio Ciorcal Celtic Athlone Community Radio Education 5,930.00
Benen Tierney Community Radio Castlebar The Ollie Broadcasting Corporation: Stories from an Accidental Archive Community Radio Castlebar Documentary 3,000.00
Yvonne Smith Community Radio Youghal Keep It Going Community Radio Youghal Documentary 10,600.00
Yvonne Smith Community Radio Youghal Smile in a While Community Radio Youghal Documentary 4,100.00
Yvonne Smith Community Radio Youghal This is Our School Too Community Radio Youghal Entertainment 5,200.00
Grainne O'malley Connemara Community Radio Local Food Heroes Connemara Community Radio Documentary 7,000.00
Conor O'toole Conor O'Toole The Laneways of Medieval Cork Cork Campus Radio Documentary 4,000.00
John  Mcevoy John McEvoy Fancy That Dublin City FM Documentary 4,300.00
Vicky Britton Dublin City FM Barretstown and Beyond Dublin City FM Documentary 3,000.00
Regan Hutchins Dublin City FM Wake Up And Smell The Liffey! Dublin City FM Documentary 2,808.00
Gerard Counihan Gerard Counihan The Burning Of St Catherine's Church Dublin City FM Documentary 1,995.00
Sarah Lavin Dublin South FM Clubbing Together Dublin South FM Documentary 7,680.00
Paul Wright Paul Wright Saved From Doom- Uncovering The Dramatic Story Of How The English Quaker James H Dublin South FM Documentary 4,865.00
Jonathan De burca butler Jonathan De Burca Butler In the Shadow of the Gunmen - Arthur Griffith Dublin South FM Documentary 4,000.00
Sarah Lavin Dublin South FM From the Floozie in the Jacuzzi to the Stiletto in the Ghetto Dublin South FM Documentary 2,900.00
Sarah Lavin Dublin South FM 150 Years of the Dublin Horse Show Dublin South FM Documentary 2,500.00
Brian Ó tiomáin Brian Ó Tiomáin The Call Dublin South FM Drama 7,300.00
Alan Byrne Dundalk FM He Emigrated To Succeed Dundalk FM Documentary 3,250.00
Alan Byrne Dundalk FM The Golden Gates Dundalk FM Drama 3,320.00
Alan Meaney Alan Meaney Sound Conversations Flirt FM Documentary 5,900.00
Alan Meaney Alan Meaney When Harry Met Satan Flirt FM Drama 6,300.00
Brian Daly Life FM Polish Life in Cork – an in-depth insight of contemporary Polish life in Cork Life FM Documentary 5,600.00
Brian Daly Life FM The Role of Faith in Rehab programmes in Ireland Life FM Documentary 5,600.00
Tim Murphy Life FM Chronicles of Blarney Street Life FM Entertainment 2,800.00
Brian  Leyden Brian Leyden An Irish Station Mass Mid West Radio Documentary 3,500.00
Fiona Mcgarry Fiona McGarry Hives of Activity Mid West Radio Documentary 2,395.00
Paul Loughran NEAR 90fm/Near TV New Perspectives on Irish History NEAR 90fm Documentary 13,900.00
Paul Loughran NEAR 90fm/Near TV Gateway NEAR 90fm Documentary 7,500.00
Paul Loughran NEAR 90fm/Near TV An Irish Sanctuary: The History and Natural History of the North Bull Island NEAR 90fm Documentary 5,800.00
Paul Loughran NEAR 90fm/Near TV Local Club Football History NEAR 90fm Documentary 5,500.00
Paul Loughran NEAR 90fm/Near TV Language Jewels NEAR 90fm Documentary 4,500.00
Iain O'Connor Phoenix FM The Phoenix FM School Duel Phoenix FM Education 10,000.00
Iain O'Connor Phoenix FM Surviving... Phoenix FM Education 5,000.00
Sallyann Marron Raidió Corca Baiscinn Are Ye Coming Out To Play? Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 4,328.00
Jason Murphy Raidió Corca Baiscinn Look outs on the Loop Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 2,831.00
Derrick Lynch Raidió Corca Baiscinn On the Hunt Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 2,800.00
Jason Murphy Raidió Corca Baiscinn Trail of Tears Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 2,700.00
Jason Murphy Raidió Corca Baiscinn Artists in the Loop Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 2,640.00
Julie Brosnan Raidió Corca Baiscinn Flora and Fauna of Loop Head Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 2,400.00
Sallyann Marron Raidió Corca Baiscinn Turning The Turf Raidió Corca Baiscinn Documentary 2,337.00
Jason Murphy Raidió Corca Baiscinn Listening to the Loop Raidió Corca Baiscinn Entertainment 3,500.00
Emer Nic aodhain Emer Nic Aodhain Ón Chlochar go Cill Mhaighneáin Raidió na Life Documentary 6,500.00
Macdara Molloy Macdara Molloy Ar thóir De Hindeberg Raidió na Life Documentary 4,870.00
Anne Power Tipperary Mid West Community Radio 12 Festivals One Year Tipperary Mid West Community Radio Documentary 13,500.00
Anne Power Tipperary Mid West Community Radio Choirs, Bands and Pipin' Brass Tipperary Mid West Community Radio Documentary 10,585.00
Community 238,234.00
Christine O'connor Siol Sceal Teoranta Sound and Story Galway Bay FM Documentary 19,500.00
Garry Keane Real Films Limited The Moon is an Orange Triangle Part 2 Highland Radio Documentary 18,000.00
Monica Hayes KCLR 96FM For Barbara KCLR 96FM Documentary 3,100.00
Monica Hayes KCLR 96FM Kevin Gets the Wrong End of the Stick KCLR 96FM Entertainment 4,670.00
Diarmuid Mcintyre Grey Heron Media Limerick 2014 As it Lives and Breathes Limerick's Live 95FM Documentary 12,250.00
Colm  Corrigan Colm Corrigan 'Yorkshire's Louthman' - the Richard Fahey story LMFM Documentary 4,000.00
Aisling Heraughty Ocean FM The Butcher Molloy Ocean FM Drama 10,000.00
Aisling Heraughty Ocean FM Walk this Way Ocean FM Education 16,100.00
Aisling Heraughty Ocean FM The Good Life Ocean FM Entertainment 8,300.00
Connie Broderick Keeshla Communications Ltd. '100 Years of Valentia Radio' Radio Kerry Documentary 3,500.00
Connie Broderick Keeshla Communications Ltd. Four Sundays to Liam West Limerick 102 Documentary 3,660.00
Connie Broderick Keeshla Communications Ltd. Rathfredagh; A Home Away from Home West Limerick 102 Documentary 2,100.00
Joe Mcgill West Limerick 102 The Cow Doctor West Limerick 102 Documentary 2,000.00
Joe Mcgill West Limerick 102 'Logainmneacha; Know where you come from to know where you're going' West Limerick 102 Documentary 1,800.00
Mark Power WLR fm A History of Waterford in 20 Objects WLR FM Documentary 10,000.00
Orla Rapple Orla Rapple Made in Waterford WLR FM Documentary 4,500.00
Local 123,480.00
Trevor Dann Trevor Dann's Company Ltd The Pirate Port Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 6,000.00
Angie Mezzetti Ocarina Limited Leading Women Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 5,200.00
Caoilin Rafferty Caoilin Rafferty Transporters Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 4,500.00
Patricia Baker Curious Broadcast Limited The Frozen Zoo  Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 4,200.00
Luke Mcmanus Luke McManus Doyle, Foley, Moran & Moriarty  Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 4,000.00
John Verling John Verling We Can We Must and We Will Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 3,880.00
Judy-Meg Ní chinnéide Judy-Meg Ní Chinnéide Turas: Learning Irish in East Belfast (Working Title) Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 3,529.62
Caoilin Rafferty Caoilin Rafferty Staying Home Newstalk 106-108FM Documentary 3,500.00
Shay Linehan Shay Linehan Goin' Straight Newstalk 106-108FM Drama 7,600.00
Mary Carroll Mary Carroll Charity Begins at Home Today FM Documentary 10,000.00
National 52,409.62
James Keating RTÉ Ard Rí RTÉ Junior/Chill Drama 9,100.00
Sinead Mcclure All Points West Radio Productions Squirrel at the Zoo RTÉ Junior/Chill Education 14,000.00
Hannah Masterson RTÉ Nora agus Dora RTÉ Junior/Chill Education 4,000.00
Diarmuid Mcintyre Grey Heron Media Limerick 2014 Cultural Passions RTÉ Lyric FM Documentary 11,550.00
Doireann Ní bhriain  Doireann Ní Bhriain t/a Fuaim Productions Who Was Vere Foster RTÉ Lyric FM Documentary 7,196.00
Ruth Fitzsimons Smooth Operations (Productions) Limited The Scandal of Mrs Leeson - Final RTÉ Lyric FM Documentary 4,500.00
John Murray Crossing the Line Productions Limited Nature On One - Ireland's Wild People RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary 20,000.00
Claire Cunningham Rockfinch Limited History on a Plate RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary 17,900.00
Kevin Brew RTÉ Lighthouse Stories Round 19 RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary 10,500.00
Siobhán Lynam Siobhán Lynam The Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolini RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary 9,200.00
Joe Kearney Joe Kearney t/a Doc-Doc Productions The Grandfather Canoe RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary 7,500.00
Robert  Mulhern Robert Mulhern Sean Mannion: Forgotton Fighter RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary 6,200.00
Kevin Brew RTÉ Volunteers by Gary Mitchell Round 19 ReSubmission RTÉ Radio 1 Drama 11,771.00
Kevin Brew RTÉ Quartet by Thomas McLaughlin Round 19 RTÉ Radio 1 Drama 11,000.00
Cathal Black Nightingale Films Limited Jumping Hedges RTÉ Radio 1 Drama 9,100.00
Máiréad Uí dhomhnaill Mairead Uí Dhomnaill t/a Cinnidi Dartstáisiún RTÉ RnaG Drama 3,650.00
RTÉ 157,167.00