Chief Executive of the BAI Michael O’Keeffe
In The Sunday Times.
Colin Coyle reported:
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has spent almost €15,000 over nine years on negotiating a contract with its chief executive Michael O’Keeffe.
O’Keeffe, 61, finally signed a contract on February 13, nine years after approval for his appointment was granted.
In 2018 he was paid €127,623 — up from €116,078 in 2017 — and received a €20,866 pension contribution.
The regulator’s 2018 report notes that legal fees of €1,474 were incurred in relation to the impasse that year
. The sum of fees associated with negotiating the contract since 2010 is €14,980.
The reason why O’Keeffe had refused to sign is unknown. Neither he nor the BAI would comment.
BAI boss Michael O’Keeffe in €15,000 legal wrangle over contract (Colin Coyle, The Sunday Times)
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and RTÉ
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland recently completed a five-year funding review of RTÉ and TG4.
Further to this, the BAI has released a statement today stating…
“The BAI recommends, at a minimum, that RTÉ should receive an increase in its annual public funding of €30m per annum. Given the urgency of RTÉ’s current funding position, the increased level of public funding recommended should be available to the broadcaster immediately.
“As set out in the report, the BAI believes that there may well be a case for increased funding in excess of €30m per annum and remains open to receiving further detailed proposals from the broadcaster over the period of its 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, aligned with its statutory remit.
“The BAI recommends an increase of €6m per annum in public funding for TG4. It is the view of the BAI that this increase should have full effect from 2018 and onwards over the period of TG4’s strategy.
“The BAI believes that both funding increases are justified, as, in its view, the funding currently available is not sufficient to ensure the broadcaster’s sustainability.”
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Statement on Five-Year Review of Public Funding (BAI)
The way you don’t like it.
John Gallen writes:
Seeing as many of the BS massive (from what I can see) think Irish made/home produced content is an utter waste of time and money, maybe they can get their tuppence heard by the funder of much of that programming, the BAI…ia the TV licence money, naturally. It’s free… or you could argue maybe that your TV licence fee paid for the event.
Panellists include Noel Curran, Director General, RTÉ; John Purcell, Chairperson, Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, Lynda McQuaid, Director of Content, TV3, Ciarán Murray, Craol – The Community Radio Forum, Micheál O Meallaigh, Stiúrthóir Comisiúnaithe, TG4 and Margaret Gillan, Chairperson, Community Television Association. Opening remarks will be given by The Irish Times telly reviewer, Bernice Harrison.
BAI Public Conversation