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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.

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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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