RTÉ\'s Trade Union Group, TUG, have voted against the agreement struck by RTÉ management and the Union. 87% of union members voted against the agreement, while just 13% voted for the agreement. The TUG have said that they continue to be open to discussion with RTÉ to come to an agreement that they can bring back to their union members. RTÉ have committed to making €20 million of cuts ever year for the next 3 years.
Being a poster boy really hits hard when things go wrong. Here is a man who over the last number of years has been rolled out from everything to anxiety to his own victim hood, no questions asked. Article after article across all media brands have given the accused plenty of time and promotion. What is strange is how these same news outlets have treated the current set of allegations. Even here I will write in very general terms.
RTÉ have announced that they will cease the transmission of Digital Audio Broadcasting on the 31st of March, 2021. As part of RTÉ\'s 2020 to 2024 strategic review they had planned to also drop their Digital Radio Stations, however RTÉ failed to put a submission into the Department of Media to have the stations dropped, those station will remain broadcasting on TV, on Saorview and Virgin Media. This comes 15 months after the publication of their strategic review.
Today (25th February) The Bauer Group has announced its deal to aquire Dennis O\'Brien\'s Communicorp Group. Bauer will extend its reach into Ireland and eight other countries. Communicorp own Ireland\'s Newstalk and TodayFM, they also own local Irish broadcasters Spin, Spin South West and 98FM, along with online services Off the Ball, audioXI and GoLoud. The deal is subject to regulatory approval.
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 \