Belfield FM has suspended all broadcasting until further notice due to current COVID-19 public health restrictions for on-campus activities.
Although the station had anticipated some form of closure during the year, it had been hoped that broadcasting could begin at that start of the Autumn Trimester. While some societies have been able to transfer their activities online, this is not possible for Belfield FM as Level Four restrictions mean that access to station facilities in the UCD Student Centre are limited.
Speaking to The College Tribune, Conor Devoy, Station Manager of Belfield FM, highlighted his station’s plans for the year ahead once restrictions are lifted. In addition to celebrating their 30 year anniversary, they plan to “increase the diversity in shows” as “this year more than any it is so important to hear voices from all backgrounds”.
To achieve this, the Station will be reaching out to international students about the prospect of hosting a show. Plans are also in place to increase the volume of broadcasts, but this now looks less likely as “it is unsafe to have a large volume of people in the radio everyday” says Devoy.
The Station has said that as soon as the Level Four restrictions are lifted they intend to begin broadcasting again. In the meantime, they aim to remain active on social media, keeping students updated on how to join the society and apply for shows and they have recently advertised for the role of ‘third general productions manager’ on their Instagram. The Station hopes that they can continue to be a huge part of student life while prioritising the health and safety of students and broadcasters.
Emer Nolan – Reporter