BAI considers report on funding of RTÉ and TG4
Five-year review will be submitted to the Minister next month
Pat Rabbitte: to get broadcasting report in May. photograph: alan betson
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has given “primary consideration” to a major funding review of public service broadcasting co-ordinated by the accountancy firm Crowe Horwath.
Members of the authority discussed Crowe Horwath’s report, which is based on the submissions of “key stakeholders” in the Irish broadcasting sector, at a meeting last Friday and will discuss it further on April 29th.
The five-year funding review is required by a provision of the Broadcasting Act and will take into account a market analysis of the broader audio-visual communications sector in Ireland and trends in advertising and subscription revenues, as well as European Commission guidance on the application of State-aid rules to public service broadcasting.
The BAI’s recommendations are likely to be much picked over by both the deficit-laden RTÉ and its commercial rivals. While appearing on a not-for-broadcast recording of Tonight with Vincent Browne in TV3’s new Sony HD Studio last month, the Minister appeared to rule out a plea by TV3 chief executive David McRedmond for a reduction in the advertising minutes permitted on RTÉ.