The team behind Juice FM, based in Cork’s Colaiste Stiofain Naofa (CSN), is set to spearhead a campaign to persuade the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to develop a new licence category for the State’s educational and training facilities.
Pete O’Neill, the course director of CSN’s two-year radio broadcasting training programme, said this licensing requirement is an area that should be addressed.
“We have a 30-day temporary broadcasting licence, which allows our students broadcast two days a week until March,” he said. “We don’t need a commercial licence and the community licence sector is well served. So we need to convince the BAI to develop a new category of licence. There are other training courses in Ireland but we are the best established, and we provide continuous training. We hope the BAI will look at it and we are certainly open to discussing the issue with them.”
Mr O’Neill is a co-founder of super-pirate South Coast Radio, and has vast industry experience.
The CSN radio training course was developed in 1998, and since then has helped foster some the country’s top talent.
96FM’s Pierce McCarthy and Victoria Nicholls, RedFM’s Rory O’Hagan and Newstalk’s head of sport, Oisin Langan, are among its graduates, with other past pupils working in regional stations such as Spin, Beat, iRadio and Ra.
Mr O’Neill said he hopes the new state-of-the-art studio will help CSN continue its tradition of producing top-flight radio talent.
Inspired by the juice bar concept, the new €65,000 custom-designed studio offers students hands-on experience.