There has been a strong reaction locally to comments made by RTE director-general Noel Curran last week, after stating the broadcaster wants to collect a greater proportion of its funding from public sources.
This could possibly mean a rise in the TV licence fee. Curran stated “We’re not getting any licence fee increase, so we’re being eaten.” He also claimed that there is a huge rate of evasion of the €160 licence fee.
On Friday, the Dundalk Democrat asked our friends on Facebook for their opinions. Sean Byrne said: “No way. They are all massively overpaid. How does TV3 survive.”
Daithi O’Ceileachain said: “These people are getting too much as it is. They should get better programs to increase their viewers instead of overcharging to watch tripe.”
Stephen Duffy said: “Can’t see too many supporting it, but on saying that I am a great fan of RTE’s. Some great output and wonderful web-based output.” Sharon Grimes said: “I don’t even watch the channels. I watch sky and pay for that and licence and now they want me to pay more. Joke.”
Meanwhile, Anthony Murphy said “I think there should be better regionalisation of coverage. I would be in favour of a rise only where it creates more jobs and only when the top tier of RTE’s celebrities take a serious pay cut.”