Thanks for the lesson. In my view, RTE will not move out of Studio 3. Money at RTE now is so tight it seems they will stick to what they know is cheap. RTE never learn. It would only take a slight increase in their news budget to make RTE News that little bit better. They rather spend it on US and UK imports which they then shove on air at 1.00am, just so that TV3 could not get them, or pay morons like Ryan Tubridy 500,000 euros a year for five hours a week on radio and a two hour a week TV talk show. Pathetic.
First off, Ryan Turbidy works a lot more than 7 hours for that 500K.
Second, the RTE News budget is probably one of the larger ones in RTE, and really, I would suggest any increases, if needed, should be on the newsgathering side, in creating more international bureau, rather than on the presentation side. Currently, they only have bureau in London, Brussels and Washington. They had a bureau in Beijing during the 2008 summer olympics but not since, and maybe an Asian bureau would be a good thing. Maybe Tokyo, maybe Singapore, maybe Hong Kong, just throwing a few ideas out there.
Third, RTE is a rare broadcaster, where presenters and newsreaders work on both radio and TV routinely. BBC used to this a bit, but RTE does this with regularity. They need to. Unlike the BBC, they couldn't do what they do on licence fee revenue alone.
If you look at the RTE Annual Report for 2016, you'll see they were running at a defecit of almost €20million up from a defecit in 2015 of almost €3million. That's not sustainable. And that was despite an increase in revenue from commercials and licence fee of about €3million.
As much as RTE News might benefit from a budget increase, the likelihood of that happening is somewhere between slim and none.
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