Radio Spectrum

Broadcast Licences

Overview

Broadcasting is a major user of the radio frequency spectrum in Ireland with a contribution of circa €293m to the Irish economy (ComReg Document 11/89 on “Strategy for Managing the Radio Spectrum, 2011 to 2013”). Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), the public service broadcaster established under the Broadcasting Authority Act 1960 as amended, provides national radio and television services. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), established under the Broadcasting Act, 2009, is responsible for the authorisation of Irish broadcasting services other than those provided by RTÉ.

ComReg is responsible for the coordination, assignment and licensing of the associated radio frequencies to RTÉ and the BAI under the Broadcasting Act 2009.

If you are an independent body and wish to broadcast radio services you should contact the BAI.

Broadcast Licences issued to RTÉ

ComReg issued four broadcast licences to RTÉ for the provision of public service broadcasting in the State. The licences enable RTÉ to carry out its functions as set out in the Broadcasting Act 2009. A very brief overview of the licences and copies of the licence documentation are provided below.

 

RTÉ Analogue Sound Broadcasting Services Licence (ComReg Document 12/13b)

This licence authorises RTÉ to broadcast its main radio services of RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTE Lyric FM on particular radio frequencies set out in the licence by using analogue broadcasting technologies (such as FM). The technical conditions referenced in Part I of the licence are set out in ComReg Document 12/04a.

 

RTÉ Digital Sound Broadcasting multiplex Licence : Licence 

This licence grants RTÉ authorisation to establish, maintain and operate a digital sound broadcasting multiplex using particular radio frequencies set out in the licence. The technical conditions referenced in Schedule I of the licence are set out in ComReg document 08/100a.

 

RTÉ Licences for Digital Terrestrial Television Multiplexes: Multiplex 1, Multiplex 2

RTÉ hold two licences for digital terrestrial television multiplexes. These licences grant RTÉ authorisation to establish, maintain and operate two digital terrestrial television multiplexes using particular radio frequencies set out in the licence. These multiplexes are used by RTÉ to provide its “SAORVIEW” service. The technical conditions attached to these licences as referenced in Part I of the licence are set out in ComReg document 07/90b.

The latest list of transmitter site locations and associated radio frequencies licensed as per schedule / part II of the above licences are contained in the following excel spreadsheet

 

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