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 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.
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.
With COVID-19 around TV schedules were bound to be a bit bare. Though you might conclude that RTÉ\'s new season of programmes are as bare as they have been for the past ten years. RTÉ are asking audiences to \
In late 2016 RTÉjr;announced its decision, to as they put it, outsource children's programming. This caused some uproar about what appeared to be the dropping of Children's programming. It was strange to see that RTɠhad used the word outsource, in TV terms it would usually be put down as comissioning. With the uproar in the media about outsourcing RTɠslightly back tracked on some of the staff they were planning to make redundant and they were clear to say that they were not cutting funding for Children's Programming. According to their 2015 Annual Report just under 10 million was spent on Children's, they 2016 annual report had yet to be produced, in mid-2017 it showed that RT Ehad cut funding for children's programming by 25%.
Last year RTÉ dropped their spend on children's TV (AKA Young People's Programming) by 25%. The issues surrounding the problems that exists for RTÉ's Sheila DeCourcy when budgeting for Children's programming have yet to be address by the national broadcaster. It's hard to now who to blame at RTɠfor its short changing of children's productions. But someone in RTɠis to blame, the blame lies completely and utterly at the feet of the national broadcaster.