Zed FM and Phantom FM seek a licence to provide an alternative rock music radio station for Dublin.

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) has shortlisted two groups to contest the licence to provide an alternative rock music radio station for Dublin.

The first, Zed FM is a consortium that includes Bob Geldof, Niall Stokes of Hot Press and concert promoter Jim Aiken.

Zed FM director Dermot Hanrahan says alternative rock fans read music magazines, buy CDs, and attend concerts.

Music is a very important part of their lives, it isn’t background noise.

The other applicant, Phantom FM is a hugely popular former pirate station is backed by a wide range of individuals and companies, including Paul McGuinness' Principle Management and Denis Desmond's MCD Productions. The station is now broadcasting legally on the internet, with two temporary weekend licences from the BCI.

Station manager Simon Maher says Phantom FM is proud of its pirate past but is making every effort to win the rock licence.

We’ve jumped through every possible hoop, that we can have gone through, we closed down voluntarily.

Phantom FM was awarded the Dublin licence on 8 November 2004.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 September 2004. The reporter is Anthony Murnane.