Scariff Bay Community Radio has gone online only as the community radio station awaits clarity on whether its bid for a ten year FM licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has been successful.
On Saturday, Scariff Bay’s 100 day licence ended and FM transmissions have stopped. The station is hopeful this will resume if their application for a ten year broadcasting licence is given the green light by the BAI.
Station management hope this decision will be known by the autumn with another 100 day licence to be sought in the interval. PRO of Scariff Bay, Eoin O’Hagan cautioned “this isn’t certain to be approved”.
Shows will continue to be produced and aired online via the station’s website with all shows also appearing as podcasts.
O’Hagan told The Clare Echo that the criteria with the application was “convoluted” and would take “longer to process”. He added, “We’re delighted that our roster of presenters has grown through the Covid lockdown. We’ve increased the number of shows broadcast, including broadcasting mass, our innovative Radio Play Drama Festival, our coverage of the club and county championships in both hurling and camogie”.