Highland Radio oral hearing gets underway

By Harry Walsh
THE oral presentation for the local, broad-format radio licence for the North Donegal franchise area will take place on Monday in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, commencing at 10.30am this morning

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) received two applications for the licence from Donegal Highland Radio Limited (t/a Highland Radio) and Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Limited (t/a DLFM Limited).
Highland Radio, who have been operating the licence for the past for 23 years, are being challenged by Donegal Commercial Radio Broadcasting Limited (DL) for the new 10-year licence which comes into effect in September 2014.
DLFM Limited is led by Inishowen businessman Paddy Simpson and local broadcast veteran Charlie Collins.

The oral presentation will be conducted by the Contract Awards Committee, a statutory committee of the BAI which has responsibility for the assessment of any applications received in a licensing process. 
The purpose of the oral presentations is to provide each applicant with the opportunity to make a presentation to the Contract Awards Committee, based on the application submitted and to answer any questions or clarifications that the Committee may have in relation to the application. 
The time allocated for each applicant is one hour, consisting of a 15-minute presentation, followed by a question and answer session of approximately 30 minutes.


Question and answer session

The Question and Answer session will be led by the Chairperson of the Contract Awards Committee.
Following completion of the oral presentation process, the Contract Awards Committee will then assess and score both applications received. Once assessment and scoring is completed, a recommendation will be made for the award of the licence to the Authority of the BAI.
Copies of the applications received for the North Donegal Radio Licence are available to view on the BAI website.

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