On 18 July 2013, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has published recommendations in respect of the required levels of funding for the public service broadcasters (PSBs), TG4 and RTÉ, over the next five years. The recommendations are based on a 248 page report which was conducted by consulting company Crowe Horwath.
Under section 124(8) of the Broadcasting Act, 2009, the BAI is required, on a five-yearly basis, to conduct a review of the adequacy of public funding to enable PSBs to meet their public service objectives. The review comes in addition to the annual reviews of public funding undertaken by the BAI.
The BAI's report and recommendations were submitted to the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, and a Government response was issued on 17 July. The Irish regulator is satisfied that the Government’s position is in broad alignment with that of the BAI’s. The BAI is now in the process of drawing up an implementation plan to give effect to the recommendations made in its report, and reflecting the decisions of Government.