RTÉ are to begin cutting wages at the broadcaster. An agreement was reached by RTÉ and The Union Group, TUG, which will see staff on over €40,000 per year receive a pay cut. The agreement also includes a voluntary redundancy package which will be announced in the coming weeks. Staff allowance, salary protection and sick pay will all come into line with other public service levels, while leave will be standardize across the company.
RTÉ\'s Managing Director of News and Current Affairs has tonight defended RTÉ\'s annual extended holidays. On Twitter he defended the broadcasters annual policy of dropping many of its news and current affairs programmes during holiday periods, such as Christmas and Summertime. The former ABC executive said \
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.
The Irish public service broadcaster, RTÉ, will gain €20million in annual funding following Catherine Martin\'s (Minister for Media) decision to move the Irish National Symphony Orchestra to the National Concert Hall. Last year RTÉ benefited from the return of TG4\'s portion of the License Fee, which was worth €4.5m in 2018, followed by a €10m increase in funding at the end of 2019 for 2020. RTÉ have yet to go on record in relation to the increase in funding over the last 3 years, only to say it look forward to supporting a smooth and successful transition from RTÉ of the NSO. Meanwhile, Irish Language public service broadcaster, TG4, thank the government for an increase in their public funding of €3.5m in Budget 2021.
The government have established the Future of Media Commission. Brian MacCraith had previously been announced as the chair of the commission. He will be joined by Sinéad Burke, Alan Rusbridger, Lynette Fay, Nuala O\'Connor, Gillian Doyle, Mark Little, Stephen McNamara and Finola Doyle-O\'Neill. Two further proposed members have yet to confirm their participation with the Commission. The commission will identify the experience being delivered by public service broadcaster and consider the extend to which the current models of delivery are appropriate for the next 10 years.
The Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, has announced the membership of the Arts and Culture Recovery Task Force. Martin previously announce that RTÉ\'s former head of Radio, Clare Duignan, would lead the taskforce. Singer and Songwriter Denise Chaila and fiddle player Marin Hayes will join the taskforce long with 15 other members who will be selected by various Arts organisations.