'Use licence fee' to fund RTE €10m sport bill
Published 04/04/2010 | 05:00
ALMOST half of Ireland's business leaders believe that RTE should use the money from the licence fee to buy the rights to top sporting events such as the soccer World Cup and the Six Nations Championships.
It is believed that the broadcasters of Donnybrook will have to pay up to €10m on sporting rights in 2010, on the back of a large dip in advertising revenues and a reduction in the amount raised from the licence fee.
Critics of the state broadcaster, including TV3, have long argued that the licence fee should be used to fund home-grown content, not international sport.