Thursday, 30 July 2020

Ceisteanna (156)

Alan Kelly


156. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the changes made to the budget provision for RTÉ for 2020, by area of expenditure in tabular form. [20062/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

My Department's estimates provides for a grant of €208.622m to RTE in 2020 from licence fee receipts, an increase of €9.3m over 2019.

Licence fee receipts are comprised of receipts from An Post for direct sales of licences and a contribution from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in respect of free licences issued under the Household Benefits Scheme. My Department disburses these receipts as follows: commission to An Post for collection; 7% of net receipts to the Broadcasting Fund administered by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI); and the balance to RTE.

The actual amount payable to RTE each year is contingent on the level of licence fee sales. The attribution of the licence fee across different areas is an operational matter for RTE and a breakdown of how licence fee monies are spent are published in their Annual Report each year.