Thursday 18 January 2018

'End of an era' - RTÉ confirms it will outsource all of its Young People's TV

Eimear Rabbitt

It’s an end of an era for RTE after it confirmed it is to outsource all of it’s young peoples TV programming to the independent sector amid a “challenging financial environment”.

It will see all TV programmes  produced for young children and teenagers, including shows on RTE Junior, and Swipe TV, outsourced to independent production companies.

The decision will affect all staff on a freelance contract who will essentially need to reapply to the companies who take up the relevant programmes.

Kids programming on RTE2 and RTE Junior is currently sourced from a mix, animation, in-house and from external production companies.

IAN DEMPSEY, DJ AND FORMER PRESENTER OF 'DEMPEY'S DEN' WITH 'ZIG AND ZAG' ON RTE.
IAN DEMPSEY, DJ AND FORMER PRESENTER OF 'DEMPEY'S DEN' WITH 'ZIG AND ZAG' ON RTE.
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ZIG AND ZAG

The move will come into affect at the end of the year and it is hoped it will encourage the potential of more programmes made by Irish companies, particularly in the animation sector.

In a statement the broadcaster said: "Recognising the challenging financial environment, and so as to achieve stronger efficiencies and value for money, RTÉ is to make changes to how it produces young people’s programmes.

"After an examination of all output, a decision has been made to commission all young people’s programmes from the independent sector, enabling RTÉ to meet its statutory committed spend in the sector and reducing operating costs internally. RTÉ is not reducing its commitment to younger peoples programmes, nor it's spend."

A host of well known personalities have cut their teeth on RTE children programming down through the years including radio legend Ian Dempsey and singer and presenter Emma O’Driscoll.

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