The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) was established under the Broadcasting Act 2009. Its role is to ensure that the number and categories of broadcasting services made available in the State best serve the needs of the people of the island of Ireland; to uphold the democratic values enshrined in the Constitution especially those relating to rightful liberty of expression and; to provide for open and pluralistic broadcasting services. The BAI also operates the Broadcasting Funding Scheme which allocates 7% of the annual TV license fee to broadcasters and producers to enable the production of film, television and radio projects. The Authority comprises a Board, and two statutory committees dealing with Compliance and Contract Awards. The Authority incorporates work previously undertaken by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.