Misery in Montrose: RTÉ's funding crisis

With a deficit of €13 million, the national broadcaster faces an ongoing funding crisis, and none of the options put forward to solve it will be popular

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
30th June, 2019
Dee Forbes, director general, RTÉ Picture: Fergal Phillips

It was a week of ups and downs for RTÉ. It received deserved plaudits for the Prime Time investigation into the brutal cull of thousands of greyhounds in Ireland, the latest in a series of high-profile, taxpayer-funded, public interest investigations.

But, in typical RTÉ fashion, in the same week it released its annual report showing it had made a €13 million loss thanks to €7.2 million in costs from special events such as the...

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