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

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

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

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  (8413)
No  (6159)
I don't know (681)

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