Current holder of the £2 spot for licencing TV Channels in Europe. A business and regulatory environment closely modelled on English Law and regulatory principles, with English as the first language. Dublin offers proximity to an International Airport with pre-clearance for flights to New York’s JFK International, with London-Dublin being the 9th busiest air-corridor in the World in 2018. Though Dublin airport does not share the same hub status as Amsterdam Schiphol, Dublin is home to the ISE bourse, and some 1,000 key Sector companies have operations in Ireland, though many are not HQ’s, and may not provide as easy access to C-suite personnel or Industry experts from the perspective of News gathering. Ireland is home to a thriving Contact-Centre Industry, and offers significant multi-lingual capabilities, and is a good choice for basing GDPR compliant data operations. Ireland has an existing legal framework designed specifically around Intellectual Property. Ireland is worth consideration of for TV channels with pre-recorded playout schedules and VOD/SVOD capabilities.
The Republic of Ireland has been actively researching and presenting solutions to Brexit and all forms of business since 2016. The Regulatory environment under The BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) is accountable and transparent, and the AVMSD is interpreted based on a plain-text-reading, though independence, fairness flexibility and responsiveness to change is assured; the 50% European production quota applies accordingly.
Application for a Section 71 License covering Satellite, Cable, IPTV and OTT service providers is straight forward, the process should take 2-5 months, and fee structure is low with an application cost of €1,500, Contract fee of €2,000 per annum + 23% VAT. Key codes-of-practice exist for Advertising, Children’s Advertising, Alcohol, Gaming, Programme Standards, Plurality and Impartiality, none of which present the Network with any particular concerns. It should be noted that Defamation and Contempt laws are stricter than in civil-law jurisdictions, and are Common Law. Privacy laws are constitutional. Some restrictions may apply on the grounds of religious or political sensitivity.