RTÉ is to rename and rebrand its distribution and transmission company RTÉNL as part of its ongoing cost-cutting measures.
The broadcaster will appoint a new board of directors, including independent directors, along with a new independent chairman, for the subsidiary, which was established as a separate company in 2003. RTÉNL’s headquarters will also be located away from RTÉ’s Dublin campus in Donnybrook.
RTÉNL operates a network of around 170 distribution and transmission sites across Ireland and provides broadcast distribution and transmission services to the Irish television and radio channels, including national services outside of RTÉ such as TV3, Today FM and Newstalk.
Noel Curran, director general of RTÉ, said the changes were being made to allow RTÉNL to “take full advantage of developments in broadcast services markets nationally and internationally”.
He added: “While RTÉ NL will remain a subsidiary of RTÉ, these changes will allow it to become a true leader in broadcast delivery technology.”
The move comes during a period of change at RTÉ as the broadcaster seeks to enforce major cost-saving initiatives and cut jobs as part of a drive to reduce costs by up to €25m by the end of next year.