RTÉ\'s Independent Commissions and Production Unit have published their Annual report for 2020. RTÉ cut funding to the independent sector in 2020 by 9%. Missing their statutory requirement by €3 million. The report shows how RTÉ increase its low levels of funding to children\'s programming by 40%, to just over €5 million, this compares to €3.6 million in 2019, all children\'s content is now produced independently, with no children\'s commissions for Radio in either year, the increase was due in large to RTÉ\'s Home School Hub. Drama and Comedy across TV and Radio saw a drop in funding with just €1.8 million spent on TV drama and comedy, which includes just two dramas yet to be broadcast, €265,000 worth of Drama and Comedy was commission for Radio.
RTÉ have defended their TV documentary and podcast series GunPlot following Des O\'Malley\'s accusations that he had not been contacted by the producers of the series, saying that \
An Post\'s annual report shows it collected 1.4million in TV licences for 2020 a drop of 57,000 licences sold in 2019. The report goes on to say \
RTÉ has announced its replacements for Eoghan McDermott on 2FM\'s breakfast show. Donncha O’Callaghan and Carl Mullan will join Doireann Garrihy on what RTÉ describes as a \
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.