24 January 2020 The Irish Film & Television Network
Education / Training
Festivals / Markets
Locations Ireland
Post Production
Rep Bodies
Actors Database
Casting Directors
Casting For Children & Young People
Actors Agents
Casting Space
Actor Training
Actor Dates & Deadlines
What's In Production
Actor Interviews
Who's Who
Actors News
Sign up for Actors Datebase
Free Newsletter
Site Map

Irish Film and Television Network




Actors News

RTÉ outlines plans for widespread cuts as part of major restructure
07 Nov 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland’s public service broadcaster has issued details of its revised strategy and plans to address key financial issues facing the organization.

In a release that was issued late last night, RTÉ outlined a number of challenges and large-scale changes that will be taken to deal with the issues facing the broadcaster.

The most high profile of these was the announcement that a 15% reduction to its top presenters, which follows an initial pay cut of 30% earlier this year. Additionally, a pay cut of 10% is to be taken by the Executive Board of RTÉ, as well as waiving any fees associated with the Board.

The national broadcaster also revealed plans to cut roughly 200 jobs in 2020. Plans to reduce staff costs including pay freezing, tiered pay reductions, review of benefits and work practice reform. RTÉ estimates that it can reduce projected costs by €60 million over three years (2020-2023).

RTÉ will close the Digital Audio Broadcast network as well as RTÉ’s digital radio stations (RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse, RTÉ Gold, RTÉjr Radio & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra). The current RTÉ studio in Limerick will also close in 2020, while Lyric FM will be retained but moved to Dublin and Cork.

Major TV sporting events will be transferred to broadcast on RTÉ One going forward, while a focus to evolve the audience’s user experience of many of its digital services through mandatory sign-in and personalisation has been announced.

The RTÉ Guide has been put up for sale and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra will will transfer to the National Concert Hall.

 “The challenges in front of us are real,” said RTÉ Director Dee Forbes. “But RTÉ does have a plan, which we are confident can address many of the challenges we face and bring Ireland’s national public broadcaster to stability.”

In-keeping with previous efforts, Forbes called on Government to revise the TV licence fee to help alleviate the financial issues facing the public broadcaster - “Government needs to act to ensure there is a future for public service media in Ireland. I am clear about what role RTÉ should play in Irish life, but I am also clear that we cannot do it unless Government fixes the TV Licence system. We shouldn’t be under any illusions; we are in a fight – a fight to sustain a viable public media in Ireland.

“We remain in discussions with Government. We are doing all we can to return RTÉ to a stable financial position, but we will not be able to reinvent public media for future generations, nor fulfil our remit, without immediate reform of the TV Licence system.”

Speaking separately, chair of the RTÉ Board Moya Doherty called on TV Licence fee reform stating that “in order to support this process of transformation that we are embarking on and to achieve financial stability, the TV Licence must be reformed. This is the responsibility of Government alone. This is one of the most defining moments in the RTÉ’s 93-year history.”

Official trailer released for Druid's production of The Cherry Orchard
Fine Point Films' new documentary The Go-Go's to premiere at Sundance Film Festival this Friday
West Coast Casting seeks extras and special extras for Smother, Treasure's new thriller
Tristan Heanue nominated for the Discover Award at DIFF

Irish feature film project selected for Berlinale Co-Production Market
Exclusive: Laurent Boissel revealed as special guest for annual FÍS TV Summit
Free Industry Newsletter
Subscribe to IFTN's industry newsletter - it's free and e-mailed directly to your inbox every week.
Click here to sign up.

Full programme announced for Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020
22 Jan 2020 
RTÉ commission new celebrity travel entertainment format 'High Road Low Road' by Green Inc.
22 Jan 2020 
Irish feature film project selected for Berlinale Co-Production Market
17 Jan 2020 
Deadline Approaching for WFT Ireland Short Film Showcase
17 Jan 2020 
Full programme announced for Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival 2020
Johnathan Clarke and Stephen Fagan selected for Inaugural ACE Animation Special
First-look trailer releases for Irish drama Rialto
Blood wins Best Long-Form Drama at Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards
Irish Production Companies
Listings for Irish film & television production companies
What's In Production?
The latest info on projects filming in Ireland
Latest Industry Jobs
Job listings for Irish film & television crew

Find us on Facebook
Follow IFTN on Twitter
E-Newsletter Subscribe
Subscribe to RSS Feed

 the Website  Directory List  Festivals  Who's Who  Locations  Filmography  News  Crew  Actors

Contact Us | Advertise | Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Security & Privacy | RSS Feed | Twitter