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This is exactly how your TV licence fee is used

RTÉ broke down the figures in its annual report this week.

IN ITS ANNUAL report published yesterday, RTÉ outlined exactly where each television licence collected goes.

Out of the €160 fee, €125 is directed towards RTÉ activities, with the remaining €35 being spent elsewhere.

Television received the majority share of just under €90, with radio collecting about €26.50 per licence.

The broadcaster noted that the cost of providing public service activities is much higher than the actual amount of public funding received. It then relies on a dual public/commercial model whereby commercial activities are used to bridge the funding gap.

Here’s the exact breakdown:

  • RTÉ One – €58.01
  • RTÉ Two – €31.21
  • RTÉ Radio One – €13.40
  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta – €8.33
  • RTÉ Lyric FM – €4.79
  • RTÉ Performing Groups – €9.26
  • RTÉ Support for TG4 – €6.39
  • Broadcasting Authority of Ireland levy – €1.75
  • TG4 Deduction – €6.71
  • BCI Sound and Vision fund – €10.53
  • Collection Costs from An Post/Communications and Social Protection Departments – €9.62

Table from the Annual Report illustrating the TV licence spend:

RTÉ has also worked out the cost of its transmissions, broken down into hourly slots. For RTÉ One, the overall average cost per transmitted hour is €16,700, while for RTÉ Two it is €10,900.

Yesterday: RTÉ deficit jumps to €16.8 million in 2011>

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