RTÉ2 has seen its best audience share in the last 3 years, it last hit double digits during the world cup 2018. The channel had 11.85% share of the audience in June 2021, this was helped by the Euros 2020. In 2016 the games were split between RTÉ and TV3. The most watch programme was England V Scotland on June 18th with 547,700 viewers. Virgin Media one\'s Love Island\'s had 277,000 on June 30th. In June 2016 RTÉ2 had an audience share of 11.67%, while TV3 (now Virgin Media one) had 9.23%. RTÉ2 will hope to retain its June\'s audience share with continued coverage of the Euros, GAA championships and the Olympic Games in July. Overall RTÉ held 30% of the audience, while Virgin Media Television had 17%.
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 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 \
On line streaming and sports scoring service LiveScore have replaced Virgin Media as the rights holders to 137 UEFA Champions League matches. RTÉ had already announced its securing of Tuesday Night games along with highlights and the final. The new broadcast/streaming rights will begin with the 2021/2022. Virgin Media announced a few weeks ago that it had pulled out of the bidding process.