- Film And TV
- 06 Sep 23
The national broadcaster has requested interim funding from the government while they take on internal reform.
Ireland's national broadcaster, RTÉ, is projected to lose approximately 21 million euros in licence revenue this year, according to a briefing note bring considered by the government.
Minister for Media, Catherine Martin, will be updating ministers on the financial decline of the organisation in the immediate future, also discussing what further interim funding could be required to keep the organisation afloat.
Last year, the national broadcaster received 15 million euros in interim funding following a recommendation from the Future of Media Commission. Newly appointed Director General of RTÉ, Kevin Bakhurst, has also previously confirmed that a request had been submitted in May seeking further interim funding of 34.5 million euros.
However, this request was ahead of the payments controversy, which erupted in June, leading to the incredible fall in licence fee revenue, as the public became more and more infuriated with the national broadcaster.
Earlier this afternoon, RTÉ confirmed that they had written to Minister Martin again last week seeking interim funding. The broadcaster brought up the considerable rate of inflation since the Future of Media Commission's report last year in it's request.
The statement issued by the national broadcaster today insisted that the organisation remains "focused on delivering a range of important changes to the operation and culture of the organisation as part of the essential work to restore trust in RTÉ."
Arriving at today's Cabinet meeting, Minsiter Martin adressed these issues, saying that the goverment wants to see "absolute concrete reform at RTÉ" in order to rebuild the public and the government's trust. The Minister added that she was confident reform was already under way. However, Martin couldn't reveal how much funding will be allocated to the broadcaster embroiled in this scandal to make up for the public's lost trust.
Executives with the national broadcaster will next week attend a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Media to answer questions about the ongoing difficulties at the organisation.