Thursday 12 December 2019

RTÉ unveil new five-year plan to become 'digital first' service

RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes
RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RTE are repositioning themselves as a digital first service to ensure the broadcaster remains sustainable in the future.

In a new five-year plan released today, RTE states its vision for the future stating it will take a digital first approach and intends to create content that is both creative and respectful to audiences.

To meet the projections of the new strategy, Director General Dee Forbes says the broadcaster has “made some financial assumptions”.

She said; “We have assumed that the licence fee collection system will be reformed by Government within the next couple of years and that the reform will lead to increased public funding from 2019.

"With this additional monies RTÉ will invest in a “Digital Lab a short-form production unit”.

The purpose of this Lab will be to create public service content for online and younger audiences.  The RTE Player will also under go a revamp to make it more accessible.

The News and Current Affairs will also undergo a reshuffle as the broadcaster is “reallocating resources and changing structures… to deliver a digital-first news service alongside our broadcast news and current affairs output.”

Director General  Dee Forbes says the new strategy will “re-imagine RTÉ for the next generation – a generation that has never been without the internet, smart phones, on-demand video services, social media and access to the best programming and content from all over the world.”

She added; “I believe this strategy sets RTÉ on a new path that ensures it can continue to play a central role at the heart of national life and deliver what you want, when you want it, where you want it.

“In a world of ‘fake news’ and misinformation, diminishing public trust and a fragmenting society, and when global media is diluting national and local culture like never before, it is vital that RTÉ continues to play its uniting, unique and invaluable role in Irish life."

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