Friday 15 December 2017

More than half of all the telly shows on RTE are now repeats

GRIPPING: Repeats of Love/Hate mean viewers are eager for the fourth series starting next Sunday on RTE One at 9.30
GRIPPING: Repeats of Love/Hate mean viewers are eager for the fourth series starting next Sunday on RTE One at 9.30
Nick Webb

Nick Webb

If you think that you may have seen that episode of The Simpsons about a zillion times, you probably have.

In fact, more than half of the television programmes aired by RTE this year have been repeats as the weak economy hits hard at the state broadcaster.

Some 52 per cent of RTE Television shows from January to August were repeats, according to documents released under the Freedom of information act.

About 48 per cent of RTE broadcasts were repeats for the whole of 2012.

RTE throws its budgets at the key prime-time viewing period, with 32 per cent of shows broadcast between 6pm to 11.30pm being recycled repeats. This figure is up on the 26 per cent of prime-time shows that were repeats over the whole of 2012.

"The audience figures show that people are prepared to watch repeats of shows that they have missed," according to a source.

Hit show Love/Hate was repeated over the summer, generating average audiences of 182,000, with a repeat of Mrs Brown's Boys also drawing 441,000 viewers.

Faced with weak ad revenues and increased competition from Netflix or other stations, RTE has been forced to drastically rein in its costs in the downturn.

The state broadcaster is forecasting a break even this year after a €65m deficit in 2012.

Sunday Independent

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