Thursday January 23, 2020

Government cut €10m RTE funding boost from budget at last minute

October‘s Budget failed to cover cost of increase in free TV licences, says national broadcaster

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

1st December, 2019
Fine Gael Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan said RTE could not be looking for an increase in the television licence fee without saying what it would be spent on

A government plan to give RTE a €10 million funding boost in the Budget was dropped at the last moment, the Business Post has learned.

The national broadcaster had been engaged in a sustained lobbying campaign with ministers for increased government funding to help address its financial problems.

RTE had been told in the run-up to the Budget that it was going to receive an extra €10 million in funding to compensate for...

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