TG4 has seen its best audience share in the last 7 years. The channel had 2.74% share of the audience in May 2021, it previous best was in April 2017 when it achieved 2.67%. Meanwhile, RTÉ2\'s audience has dipped back to 4.5% audience share in May, the channel will expect to gain a large audiences over the next few months with its coverage of the GAA championships, Euros 2020 and the Olympic Games. Overall RTÉ held 25% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 18%.
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 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 \
The interview by Oprah Winfrey with the former British Royals topped RTÉ2\'s Monday night programming. The programme aired earlier in the night on ITV. The average audience for the show was 725,000 making it the second of the most watch show on RTÉ2 over the last 12 months. The GAA Football Final had an average of 876,600 in December.
BBC 3 is to return to television screens in 2022. The BBC say that this is to provide more value to their audiences. The channel was launch as the BBC\'s youth channel in 2003, taking over from BBC Choice, the channel remained on the air until 2016, when the BBC moved the channel to online only. Since then its been the home of hit drama\'s such as Killing Eve, Fleabag and Normal People.
RTÉ have launched their annual short story writting competition for 2021. The RTÉ Short Story Competition 2021 is in honour of Francis MacManus. The closing date for entries is the 7th of May, 2021. Writers Lisa McInerney, Declan Hughes and Lucy Caldwell will judge the entries. The competition is now in its 35th year. The top price is €3,000. 10 stories will be short listed and broadcast on Radio 1. Last year saw 4000 entries. Shane Tivenan won last year with his story Flower Wild.