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 \
Last night the Irish Film and Television Academy announced the winners of its annual awards for 2020. The ceremony taking place via online video conferencing platforms and hosted by Deirdre O\'Kane from Dublin. Not too unusually the winners were unable to attend tonight but sent the following message from ... LA ... well perhaps not. Black 47, Ordinary Love, Rialto, The Virtues, Never Grow Old and Arracht each took two awards each. Black 47 and Ordinary Love picking up Best Film with Blood taking best Drama series.
The Sunday Business Post reports that RTÉ do not think they will make a saving of €8million euro or anything close to it upon the move of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to the National Concert Hall (NCH) next year. However, the independent report from Helen Boaden and Mediatique commissioned by RTÉ begs to differ. The report details a partnership with the government and RTÉ in the running and funding of the NSO as an independent organisation (or part of the the NCH). The Boaden report outlined seven options open to RTÉ and the government, with the government agreeing to move the NSO to the NCH in 2021, however it looks like they will not partner with RTÉ as report suggested it should.
Irish TV broadcasters saw their audience share grown in September with a 44% share of the TV audience. RTÉ average share of the audience was up 6% month-on-month, on an annual basis it was down 9% in September 2020. Virgin Media was also up 10% month-on-month, and up 7% year-on-year. Returning and new shows helping them retrieve something from a summer lacking sport. Meanwhile the sports wars between eir and Virgin Media have seen both sports channels see their shares fall.