Document Type



Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Media and socio-cultural communication

Publication Details

Research project funded under the Broadcasting Authority's Media Research Fund, 2011.


Community radio programming is distinguished by its production, its content and its purposes. It is made by the community, for the community and is primarily about the community. This report is a comparative assessment of the programme production support scheme available to the community radio sector in Ireland and those deployed in a number of comparative national settings. The research project provides a description of Irish and International (Austria, Canada, Denmark, France and New Zealand) models for supporting programme production by community radio broadcasters. It also evaluates how different aspects of the various models contribute to the capacities and sustainability of the sector. The key motivation of the research is to assess how programme production schemes contribute to the development of the community radio sector in comparative jurisdictions and whether the developmental aspects of those schemes are potentially transferable to the Irish scheme.