In a bid to cut spending costs it has emerged that four of RTE’s regional offices could face closure including their television and radio suite in Dundalk
The extent of the broadcasters financial crisis was revealed last month at a Dáil debate about the closure of RTÉ’s London office. RTÉ director General Noel Curran is under immense pressure as he has to make €25 million cuts in the next year. This led to his announcement that there would be cuts in regional spending and decisions about the matter would be made in the next quarter.
Earlier in the week Councillor Marianne Butler expressed her concerns over the matter and commented that “It will be a bad day for the north east but also for RTÉ if the decision is taken to end their links with Dundalk and I would urge all involved to engage with local stakeholders to ensure that RTÉ maintains a strong presence in the region.”
When informed of the threatened closure Fine Gael Louth Senator Jim D’Arcy said that
“I’d be very disappointed with that and I haven’t yet heard any news on the subject. But Dundalk is a gateway town, it’s effectively the capital of the North East region so we will have to wait and see what happens.”
Reassurances from the national broadcaster that the regional office will not close but none have been give. While the potential job losses would be small, the effect the ramifications a loss of the station’s local presence might have on the Dundalk region would be much bigger. It could in turn have the potential to send out a negative message about the Dundalk region to future investors and companies. RTÉ opened their north east regional studios at the Ramparts in April 2004.