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Poll: Are RTÉ's orchestras a good use of licence fee money?

The national broadcaster is legally required to maintain orchestras and choirs.

Patrick Rafter leading the RTE Concert Orchestra in Hanz Zimmer's 'The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
Patrick Rafter leading the RTE Concert Orchestra in Hanz Zimmer's 'The Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'
Image: Mark Stedman via RollingNews.ie

RTÉ HAS ANNOUNCED a review of its two orchestras, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, amid what its says are “challenging” financial circumstances.

Last year the orchestras received 7.1% of RTÉ’s licence fee revenue, totalling €12.7 million. The orchestras costs were €15.6 million, resulting in a €2.9 million deficit.

Speaking about the topic this morning, Ivan Yates said the orchestras should be self-financed.

So today we’re asking, do you think RTÉ’s orchestras are a good use of licence fee money?


Poll Results:

Yes  (8409)
No  (6154)
I don't know (681)



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