Kildare Licence Hearings

The Keadeen Hotel in Mewbridge on Monday is the time and place where five shortlisted applicants will be given the chance to state their case for providing a radio service to the newly-created Co Kildare franchise. The five groups are:
Kildare 97FM – whose parent company are Kildare Broadcasting Corporation Ltd, comprised of Kalacastle Ltd (who operate LMFM Radio) and the Leinster Leader newspaper group;
Kildare Sound, whose parent company are Kildare Communications Ltd, of which UTV have an involvement. They promise a distinctive service catering for all the cultures and traditions found in the county, including those who have resettled from elsewhere;
KFM-Kildare Radio – whose parent company is Kildare Radio Ltd based in Carlow;
KFM – whose parent company are County Kildare FM Radio Ltd;
& Kildare’s KFM – whose parent company KFM Media Services Ltd is based in Dublin and whose investors are Dublin’s Lite Fm and Radio Kerry.
When the shortlist was announced in July, the BCI Chairman – Conor J. Maguire – said: “We are particularly pleased with the level of interest in this new franchise area and with the standard of the applications received. They were sufficiently high to warrant all applicants being invited to present at oral hearings.”
The purpose of the public hearing process is to afford an applicant group an opportunity to present its case for the licence in a public forum and to allow the Commission to clarify certain issues in an applicant’s submission. A final decision is expected in October.