RTÉ Payments Scandal

2023 in review: RTÉ emerges battered and bruised but with reasons to be hopeful

Director general Kevin Bakhurst could be empowered by the broadcaster’s crisis to quickly and ruthlessly put it on a sustainable footing

Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ director general, has set out a cost cutting plan to save the broadcaster.Picture: Fergal Phillips

RTÉ’s tumultuous year didn’t begin on Thursday, June 22, but it was the pivotal date in the diary for the broadcaster in 2023.

That day in June, the broadcaster confirmed undisclosed payments worth €345,000 were made to presenter Ryan Tubridy between 2017 and 2022. It was one of the biggest bombshells faced by the broadcaster in its history, which ignited an organisation-wide crisis.

The revelation captured public attention because it had all the necessary ingredients ...