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Ireland approves a national Broadcast Archiving Scheme

A new funding scheme developed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to support the archiving of broadcast material has been approved by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte TD.

The aim of the Broadcast Archiving Scheme is to encourage and support the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector as a whole.

The Scheme will be financed through a percentage of the annual Broadcasting Fund derived from the TV license fee. The BAI expects to issue a call for applications by the end of the second quarter of 2012.

Speaking about the announcement, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD said “This is a very welcome development for both the broadcasting industry and Irish audiences. The Broadcast Archiving Scheme will contribute to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage and provide the public with additional access to the very rich history and culture of broadcasting in Ireland.”

Bob Collins Chairperson of the BAI said “The BAI welcomes the approval of the Broadcast Archiving Scheme. We are confident that the Scheme will be of benefit to all who share an interest in preserving Irish culture, history and experience. The Scheme was developed through engagement with a wide range of broadcasters and expert groups. We look forward to receiving applications to the first round of the Scheme in the coming months.”