The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was established on 1st October 2009 to regulate content across all broadcasting, assuming the roles previously held by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC). The BAI provides support for the skills development of the audiovisual sector on a case by case basis. Facilitating learning and development in the Broadcasting Sector is relevant to both the functions of the Authority as set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009 and the strategic objectives of the BAI as outlined in the BAI Strategy Statement. The provision of sectoral development support to the broadcasting industry was previously undertaken by the Independent Radio and Television Commission (IRTC) and the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI). The way in which such support was delivered has developed over time from being managed by the regulatory body to a more industry-led approach, reflecting the growing ability of the industry to identify and implement its own training and development requirements. The Community Broadcasting Support Scheme The Community Broadcasting Support Scheme offers funding to community radio and television broadcasters to conduct internal or external evaluations of their respective services. The completed evaluations are then used by broadcasters to identify and address areas of their operations that may need review or alteration. Media Research Funding Scheme The BAI recognises the importance of research in guiding and planning all aspects of its work. Through this research it undertakes, the BAI aims to inform debate on broadcasting-related matters, with a view to facilitating informed, evidence-based decision-making. The objectives of the Scheme are:
- To develop and maintain links between the BAI, third-level institutions and the broadcasting sector;
- To drive quality research initiatives to provide a strong evidence base to the regulatory environment of the BAI’s work;
- To provide research that will facilitate the BAI in meeting the needs of viewers and listeners in Ireland.