In 2003 their was a significant increase in the licence fee, the new fee was now 150 a jump of 43 from the previous level of 107, this means that the licence fee is now RTEs main source of funding along with commercial advertising/sponsorship revenues as well as the TV licence fees.
The main objectives of this funding is,
-To support the production of high-quality radio and television programmes based on Irish culture, heritage and experience.
-To develop such programmes in the Irish language.
-To increase the availability of programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience to audiences in the State and support programmes that aim to explore these themes in innovative ways.
-To support programmes that represent the diversity of Irish.culture and heritage.
-To develop local and community broadcasting through support for the production of programmes by this sector.
-To support programmes aimed at improving adult literacy.
The core objectives of the Broadcasting Funding Scheme is to increase public
access at national, local and community level to high-quality radio and
television programmes in English and Irish which explore the themes of Irish
culture, heritage and experience, in contemporary or historic contexts .
I do not believe that what RTE broadcasts is entirely public sector broadcasting in that they provide a comprehensive range of programmes, in irish and in English, which reflect the cultural diversity of Ireland.
RTE is specially mandated to supply
-Programmes that entertain, inform and educate.
-Programmes of news and current affairs.
-Coverage of sporting, religious and cultural activites.
-Coverage of the oireachtas and European Parliament.
As these four points are usually met a lot of the funding is siphoned of to gain access to international televsion.
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