Thursday 13 December 2018

Animation Ireland calls for increased collection of RTÉ license fee

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Animation Ireland has called for more efficient collection of the RTÉ license fee to support a greater level of independent, home-grown content on RTÉ channels.

The call from the group comes at a time of huge budget challenges for RTÉ, with funding at the State broadcaster having fallen by around 23pc since 2008, according to RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes.

In a statement Animation Ireland said that RTÉ’s financial difficulties are causing serious harm to independent Irish film and television producers, especially in the animation sector.

“The independent film and television industry in Ireland is hugely dependent on a financially stable RTÉ. This is particularly true for our animation sector, who are not getting the support from RTÉ that they need to thrive,” John Phelan, industry chairperson of Animation Ireland, said.

Mr Phelan went on to say that the State broadcaster current spends less than 1pc of its programme budget on animation.

"More efficient methods of license fee collection would enable RTÉ to spend more money on Irish content," he said.

"This would give a great boost to our extremely talented animation sector and enable it to thrive and flourish into the future."

The statement from Animation Ireland comes as less than 1pc of RTÉ’s production budget goes towards children’s programming, despite 25pc of the population being under 16, according to Animation Ireland.

"In Britain, the BBC have committed to equalising production spending across age demographics and RTÉ need to look at doing likewise."’

Animation Ireland is the representative body for Animation studios in Ireland.

It represents 25 member firms, who between them employ over 1,000 staff.

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