Independent radio stations should apply for a special round of Covid funding to assist them in providing important information during this challenging period, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Deputy Ciaran Cannon has welcomed details of the €2.5 million funding through the Sound and Vision Scheme, with this special round providing support to the independent commercial radio sector to produce programming to strengthen public awareness of COVID-19.
Deputy Cannon, Fine Gael’s Spokesperson on Media, Arts & Culture, said, “This is a very important funding announcement for a sector that has been doing exemplary work all during the pandemic, while at the same time coping with serious losses in revenue.
“Our local radio stations have consistently provided accurate and trustworthy information to their listeners all during the pandemic, at a time when misinformation is widespread.
“They are also a lifeline for people living on their own during lockdown, and have helped to foster really strong solidarity across both rural and urban communities.
“This substantial funding will support them in continuing that crucial work.”
From today, independent commercial radio stations can apply through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for amounts ranging from €40,000 up to €100,000 to assist them in communicating to their listeners on COVID-19.
Funding is available to cover costs directly related to the achievement of enhanced public awareness and understanding of the COVID-19 health emergency, including costs that support the achievement of these outcomes.
Deputy Cannon concluded, “Radio stations have until Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021, to apply for funding through the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s website and I would encourage them to so.
“I would like to thank the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD, for her continued commitment to the sector,” Deputy Cannon concluded.