RTÉ, Montrose, Donnybrook, Dublin 4: pages from the executive summary of an assessment by the European Broadcast Union
The executive summary of an assessment by members of the European Broadcast Union (EBU) into RTÉ’s future has been obtained by The Times Ireland Edition, under the Freedom of Information Act.
RTÉ refused to release the full report because it claimed “this would interfere with publishing its five-year strategic plan”.
Via Catherine Sanz of The Times:
RTÉ lacks focus and innovation, struggles to appeal to certain audiences and is wasting money, according to a critical report by public service broadcasters across Europe.
The assessment found that all levels of the state broadcaster lacked coherence and there was mistrust between departments.
It said a high level of overlap in its programming schedule had caused RTÉ to lose time, money and audience numbers.
It referenced a consistent “lack of synergy” in the organisation, which it said did not encourage innovation.
The broadcaster was at a “decisive moment” and was being stretched “beyond what is reasonable” by the number of services it ran. The report urged consolidation.
The report said that the “weak funding situation” should be countered by more aggressive lobbying.
It suggested that the organisation concentrate on services for a diverse audience base. “RTÉ needs to think differently and be free of the mindset of its traditional content offer,” it added.
Read full EBU executive summary here