Section 116 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 sets out the requirements for RTÉ to keep an independent programme account for the commissioning and making of independent television or sound broadcasting programmes. The statutory minimum spend set out in the Act is €40m, adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In the most recent report sent to my Department for 2019, which was submitted in Q1 2020, RTÉ was required to pay €39.9 million into the account. The actual amount incurred on independent productions in 2019 by RTÉ was €40.07m, broken down as follows, €38.85m (Television) and €1.22m (Radio).
The independent programme account for 2020 will be submitted to my Department in Q1 of 2021 and will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.