Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dropping DAB

Beeboids will be anxiously tracking what's happening at RTE. The Irish broadcaster is funded by a licence fee of 160€, which has been unchanged since 2008; after collection costs and a 7% slice for an Irish Broadcasting Fund, RTE gets around 213m€ euros a year.

DG Dee Forbes, who's been in post since April 2016,  has announced plans to save 60m€ over the next three years. 200 of an estimated 1,800 employees are to go (some are part-time). All remaining staff face a pay freeze; senior manager get a 10% cut, and top talent will be offered 15% less; the Board will waive their fees. 

Digital radio stations RTÉ 2XM, RTÉ Pulse, RTÉ Gold, RTÉjr Radio & RTÉ Radio 1 Extra will close completely. RTE plans to close its DAB multiplex, which also carries Radio 1 and 2FM. As previewed last year, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra will in future be run from the National Concert Hall, leaving the broadcaster with just the RTE Concert Orchestra.

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