John Walsh: Plight of BBC is a cautionary tale for our own national broadcaster

Cutting the ballast of underperforming offspring such as RTÉ2 would not be popular, but at stake is the future of independent media and, ultimately, democracy

8th August, 2021
John Walsh: Plight of BBC is a cautionary tale for our own national broadcaster
Dee Forbes, director general of RTÉ: the state broadcaster does not enjoy the same level of public support as it did in the past. Picture: Fergal Phillips

That RTÉ is in a financial crisis and needs a bailout from the government has taken its place beside death and taxes as one of life’s certainties.

Last week, there was another report which underlined the parlous state of the national broadcaster. The report, compiled by Mediatique, a London-based consultancy firm, concluded that RTÉ faced an existential crisis unless it received a cash injection in the short term and in the long...

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