As the national regulator of broadcasting in Ireland, we can think of no better sponsor for both the Radio Production of the Year in Arts & Features and News & Current Affairs awards than the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

Essential in the formation of broadcasting codes and rules in Ireland, the BAI ensures that the winners of the two Radio production awards have a quality that is on par with the likes of RTE, TG4 and Communicorp-owned broadcasters.

As a publicly funded entity, the BAI is also responsible for providing funding for programming related to Irish culture, heritage and experience. These programs are motivated by the public’s interest and the BAI aims that all programs are fair, expertly informed, impartial, and balanced.

The BAI also regularly commissions and conducts reports on the state of broadcasting to highlight and address any shortcomings that affect the viewer or listeners’ experience. A recent report commissioned by the BAI showed that there are “inconsistencies” across digital platforms in tackling disinformation, when examining Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft.

Chief executive of the BAI, Michael O’Keeffe said: “It has brought into sharp focus the urgency at which digital platforms must engage more meaningfully with the Code of Practice on Disinformation.”

Last year’s winners of the Radio Production of the Year in Arts & Features and News and Current Affairs were Jessica Spencer from DIT and Emil Trahan from UL, respectively.