Now Fully licenced under a 10 year contract to broadcast on 92.6 FM - More details coming soon including station launched - keep an eye on www.bcradio.ie for the latest news!
Ballyhoura Community Radio Limited grew out of an initiative of Charleville Chamber of Commerce in 2004 who set up a group to look at the need and the feasibility of setting up a radio station in the town.
The group looked at community radio and, after much consultation with other stations and with CRAOL, the Community Radio Forum of Ireland, came to the conclusion that this was the model most suited to the area‘s needs. A well attended public meeting endorsed this decision and gave the group the go-ahead to proceed with the licensing process.
Thus, Ballyhoura Community Radio Limited, an independent and not for profit company, was set up and an application for a licence to broadcast was lodged with the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland to an eight kilometre radius of the town, an area which will include the communities of Ardpatrick, Ballyagran, Ballyhea, Bruree, Castletown, Churchtown, Colmanswell, Dromina, Effin, Kilmallock, Liscarroll, Newtownshandrum and Milford.
In April 2007, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland granted a radio broadcast licence in principle to Ballyhoura Community Radio Ltd to provide a radio broadcast service to the town of Charleville and its environs within an eight kilometre radius. It is now the prerogative of the group to honour the commitment of future listeners and volunteers in the franchise area to provide a broadcast service as soon as possible.
We are currently ensuring that when the station begins broadcasting, the community it will be serving will be aware of its existence (through information evenings, table quizzes, presences at local events etc) and that this same community will be involved in its operation and management by putting in place the necessary management committee and sub-committees. The group are also involved in drawing up a programme policy statement and programme schedule for the BCI.