December\'s sporting finals helped Irish TV to 47% of the TV audience. Down 5% from November 2020 and up 10% from December 2019. RTÉ\'s average share of the audience was down 2% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was up 13% in December 2020. Virgin Media was down 11% month-on-month, but it was up 9% year-on-year.\r\n
COVID-19, Election 2020, The Toy Show, Drama and Sport bring in the viewers over 2020. The top 50 list of most watch shows on Irish TV show a mixture of everything from Drama to Factual and from Comedy to Covid. The Late Late Toy Show as expected to the top spot with 1.7m viewers tuning into the annual entertainment Christmas show with Ryan Tubrity. RTÉ took 43 of the top place with their rival Virgin Media Television taking 7. Virgin Media\'s top show was ITV I\'m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with 639,900 viewers. RTÉ2\'s top programme was The GAA Football Final with 876,600. The only other shows to get over a million viewers was An Taoiseach speech from Washington announcing COVID measure on St. Patrick\'s Day, the RTÉ 9 O\'Clock News that night and as the news in the rise of COVID numbers at the end of the year RTÉ\'s 6.1 was watch by over a million viewers on December 30th.
November\'s Late Late Toy Show, I\'m a Celebrity and Sports coverage have all help Irish TV achieve a 50% share of the audience. The return of sporting fixtures since October has result in a boom for Irish Broadcasters. 49.65% of viewers tuned to Irish Broadcasters in November 2020, the continued increase in audience from October\'s 48.48% share, the highest audience achieved by Irish broadcasters in the last 6 years. RTÉ\'s average share of the audience was up 7% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was up 9% in November 2020. Virgin Media saw no change month-on-month, but it was up 6% year-on-year. Sport, Toys, News and Celebrity all helping the November ratings.
According to the Department of Communications Annual Report 2019 RTÉ received €8.1 million in extra funding in 2019 compared to 2018. In total RTÉ received €196.6 million in license fee funding, this compares to €188.5 million in 2018. TG4\'s funding from the exchequer was restore in 2019, meaning its 2018 portion of the license fee of €4.5 million came to zero in 2019. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland received €14.8 million in license fee funding in 2019, an increase of €300,000 from 2018. €222.7 million was raised from TV Licences in 2019.
RTÉ's Independent Commissions and Production Unit have published their Annual report for 2019. RTÉ cut funding to scripted drama and comedy by 29% to €3.2million. The report also shows that RTÉ's decision to move Children's programming out of the broadcaster has cause the broadcaster to continue to under fund the children's content. 2019 saw a slight rise in children's content spend of €248,000, bring the spend to €3.6 million, this compares to RTÉ's overall cost in 2015 of €9.4 million for children's content. €300,000 worth of Drama was commission for Radio in both years, with no children's commissions for Radio in either year.
The An Post Irish Book Awards announced their nominations for 2020 today (10 October 2020). The five nominees for the Eason Novel of the Year are, Actress by Anne Enright, The Wild Laughter by Caoilinn Hughes, Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan, As You Were by Elaine Feeney , The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue and Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell. Jornalist Keelin Shanley is posthumously nominated twice for the Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year and for RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners\' Choice Award for her memoir A Light that Never Goes Out. RTÉ ONE will broadcast a new show focusing on the winner of the overall \