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New managing director of Virgin Media Television Paul Farrell. Photo: Conor McCabe

New managing director of Virgin Media Television Paul Farrell. Photo: Conor McCabe

New managing director of Virgin Media Television Paul Farrell. Photo: Conor McCabe

The new managing director of Virgin Media Television, Paul Farrell, has criticised RTÉ for availing of the Covid Wage Subsidy Scheme and claimed it should instead manage its costs.

RTÉ last week outlined its financial difficulties to the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response.

"Virgin Media is not availing of the Government's wage-subsidy scheme, even though we operate in an identical environment to RTÉ. To counter the economic threat of Covid, we have carefully managed the limited financial and operational resources available to our TV business," said Farrell.