RTE implements cost-cutting measures including a salary cap and job cuts
Why it matters
The cost-cutting measures at RTE are significant as they aim to rescue the station from financial difficulties and address the issue of high salaries paid to presenters. The potential retirement of veteran presenters will aid in the cost-saving plan.
What the papers say
The Times highlights Kevin Bakhurst's vision for RTE, including the focus on Irish language, regional production, and a pay cap for stars. The Independent reports on the support from media minister Catherine Martin for the salary cap and cost efficiencies. It also mentions the concerns expressed by the Trade Union Group at RTE regarding job cuts and the impact on staff.
How we got here
RTE has been facing financial difficulties and has been under scrutiny for high salaries paid to presenters. The broadcaster revealed in June that it had not correctly declared fees to its highest-paid earner, Ryan Tubridy.
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Raidió Teilifís Éireann is a semi-state company and the national public broadcaster of Ireland. It both produces programmes and broadcasts them on television, radio and the Internet.
Kevin Bakhurst is a British journalist and media executive. He has been group director of content and media policy at the UK regulator Ofcom since October 2016.