Not sure the evidence backs you up.
I’m not sure you can look at those figures and realistically say that RTE isn’t running at a loss, especially given that the 2 modest surpluses are followed by the biggest deficit of all. To quote those 2 years shows that you aren’t seeing the bigger picture.
You're reading it slightly wrong, those two modest surpluses, in 2013 and 2014, followed the biggest defecit in 2012. I was going backwards through the annual reports.
But even given the modest nature of those surpluses, which are, statistically, really no more than breaking even, it does indicate to me that RTE management are not happy or content to be running at a defecit all the time.
Part of this problem is due to the variances in commercial revenue, but that doesn't explain all of it by a long chalk.
I've noticed that RTE have teleshopping slots now scheduled in the early morning after EuroNews but before the repeat of Today. I don't hold out much hope about those making enough money to cover the difference, and also, I'm not sure just how effective it is to be putting on programmes on RTE One and RTE 2 until like 3am or 4am in the morning, even repeats or old imports. Maybe it would be better to go to EuroNews earlier in the night.