Joint Committee on Communications,
Climate Action and Environment

Forum on the Future Funding of Public Service Broadcasting

Scheduled for Friday 7 July 2017 in Dublin Castle.

 Public Consultation on

Funding of Public Service Broadcasting

Open until Friday 10 February 2017

Consultative Process

The Committee is currently considering the future of public service broadcasting in Ireland, in particular the requisite level of public funding required for stations to fulfil their public service objectives.

The Committee has already brought in the major players to provide an overview and update on the current situation.

Following on from that overview, the Joint Committee is carrying out a public consultation on the funding of public service broadcasting in Ireland and is seeking submissions from interested parties and stakeholders on the themes outlined below.

The Committee will consider any suitable written submissions received and may decide to invite a number of contributors to public hearings at a later date.

The Committee is also considering hosting a consultative forum at a later date (to be announced) on the future of public service broadcasting where stakeholders will feature.


  • Theme 1: Additional services / growth in digital services
  • Theme 2: Funding / revenue generation
  • Theme 3: Commercial activities vs. public service objects
  • Theme 4: Advertising minutage
  • Theme 5: Outsourced / Independent production (external resources)
  • Theme 6: TG4 and Irish content / language
  • Theme 7: Conduct of the review process
  • Theme 8: Any other issue not covered in the above themes (including the effect on the funding of quality journalism of the changes in the environment).

Suggested Questions

You are invited to read this document which contains suggested questions and firther information.

Funding Public Service Broadcasting Suggested Questions v3

Committee Meeting 8 November 2016

See also the full text of the official report of the meeting, and the video recording.

Committee Meeting 22 November 2016

See also the full text of the official report of the meeting and the video recording.

Reports on Public Service Broadcasting

You are invited to read the following reports / reviews.





May 2013

Review of Funding for Public Service Broadcasters
(the ‘5 year’ review /
the ‘CH review’)

Crowe Horwath (on behalf of BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland))

This first 5-yearly review of the adequacy of public funding, as required under  the Broadcasting Act 2009.

June 2013

Five-year Review of Public Funding - Authority recommendations

BAI (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland)

BAI’s recommendations on foot of the 5 year review.

July 2013

Government Response to the Review of the Funding of Public Service Broadcasters

Department (the then Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

Department’s / Government’s response to the 5 year review (including commitments to bring forward legislation, etc. incorporating the BAI recommendations.)


May 2014

Review of RTÉ (the ‘NewERA’ Review)

National Treasury Management Agency (NewERA) (on behalf of the Department)

To examine, quantify (to the extent possible) and assess the scope for further financial efficiencies in RTÉ across all its services and operations to include but not limited to the performing groups and Irish language radio service.

July 2014 (published in)

Public Funding Review of Public Service Broadcasters 2014 (of 2013 performance)  (the ‘O&O review’)

Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates Ltd. (on behalf of BAI)

The Broadcasting Act 2009 imposes a statutory duty on the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (the BAI) to undertake an annual review of the two public service broadcasters in Ireland – RTÉ and TG4. This is the most recent annual review available.

July 2014

Indecon Economic Analysis of the Advertising Market in Ireland 2013

Indecon (on behalf of the Department)

The report concerns an independent economic analysis of the advertising market in Ireland.

Making Submissions

Written submissions and communications should be sent by email.

Submissions should be received not later than the closing date below at the following email address: 

or by post to the address below.

The Committee will consider any suitable written submissions received and may decide to invite a number of contributors to public hearings should it be considered necessary.

Submissions and communications should only be sent to the email address above and not to individual members of the Committee.

Please note that the Clerk will ensure that all members of the Committee receive, in due course, copies of all submissions and communications received.

Format of Submissions

As a general guideline, submissions should consist of:

  • a covering letter (email or email attachment in MS Word or equivalent)
  • a main submission document (email or email attachment in MS Word or equivalent).

The covering letter should contain your name and contact details (phone number and postal address and, if available, an email address). If the submission is on behalf of an organisation, you should indicate your position in the organisation. If your submission is on behalf of another organisation, please make this clear in your letter.

The main submission document should contain the following information:

  1. Your name;
  2. A brief introduction, for example, explaining your area of expertise;
  3. Any factual information that you have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions;
  4. Any recommendations to the Committee which should be as specific as possible and should be summarised at the end of the document;
  5. An executive summary of the main points made in the submission, if your document is more than 10 pages long;
  6. Whether you would be prepared to appear at a public session of the committee.

Making a submission is a public process

The Committee is not obliged to accept your document once it has been submitted, nor is it obliged to publish any or all of the submissions if it has received or accepted.

However, the operation of a parliament is a public process, and you should be aware that any submissions made to a Committee may be published either as part of a Committee report, or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of submissions will be Friday 10 February 2017.  Late submissions will be circulated to the committee, but there is no guarantee that they will be taken into account when the committee is considering its report.

Committee Details

Staff Details
Making Submissions and Presentations to Oireachtas Committees


Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please email:

or contact:

The Clerk
Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Houses of the Oireachtas
Leinster House
Kildare Street
Dublin 2
D02 XR20


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