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It's time for a smaller RTE to be funded by the licence only

Published 29/08/2013 | 05:00

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I like RTE. I trust it. And I want to see it thrive. But not at the cost of preferential treatment from the State which allows RTE to undermine the business model of its competitors.

The licence fee is a necessary evil in my book, because it finances programmes with a news analysis or cultural content that won't necessarily generate ratings. To avoid a Fox News-style world vision and to guarantee Irish content, I suck up that €160 annual charge.

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