Monday 19 March 2018

TV3's row with RTE cranks up as lawsuit is launched

TV3's Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney.
TV3's Sinead Desmond and Mark Cagney.
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

TV3's row with RTE over claims of €10m overcharging on transmission fees was cranked up last week, as RTE launched a lawsuit against the Ballymount-based station, claiming to be owed close to €500,000 in fees relating to Saorview transmission.

The dispute centres around fees for analogue and digital transmission of TV3 on the Saorview platform dating back to 2012.

"There is a dispute regarding the terms of that agreement. Extensive efforts were made by RTE over the past year to resolve this dispute without recourse to the courts. RTE has issued summary proceedings in the High Court for recovery of monies that are owing in respect of the services provided to TV3 under this agreement," according to State broadcaster RTE.

TV3 strongly disputes these claims and is defending the action vigorously.

Meanwhile, Com-Reg is completing its investigation into alleged overcharging of TV3 by RTE for transmission since 1998. Four years ago, ComReg launched the investigation following a complaint by TV3.

The row comes as TV3 revealed that it had experienced one of its strongest advertising quarters since the downturn began, with first-quarter sales up 5 per cent.

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