The Broadcasting Act 2009 sets the regulatory framework for broadcasting services in Ireland. It consolidates all Irish broadcasting content related legislation in a single Act.
The Act establishes a new regulatory authority the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) which assumes the roles of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) and Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC), and a range of new regulatory functions, including oversight of public service broadcasters.
The Act also includes provisions in relation to:
- Board appointments
- Broadcasting standards
- Complaints and the Right of Reply
- Commercial and community broadcasters
- Public service broadcasters
- TV Licence
- Broadcasting Fund
- Digital Terrestrial Television and Digital Switch-Over
The Broadcasting Act 2009 was signed into law on 12 July 2009 and the BAI was established on 1 October 2009.