How RTÉ Is Run

About RTÉ

RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) is Ireland's national public-service media organisation. A leader in Irish media, RTÉ provides comprehensive, cost-effective, free-to-air multi-media services to the public in Ireland and interested audiences internationally.

RTÉ services are impartial in accordance with statutory obligations. At its heart, RTÉ is a creative organisation, making and commissioning a broad range of high-quality programming and content to meet the needs of multiple audiences.  RTÉ One and Two television normally air over 18 of the top 20 programmes of any year broadcast by any channel available in Ireland.  RTÉ’s television services are RTÉ One, RTÉ One HD, RTÉ One +1, RTÉ Two, RTÉ Two HD, RTÉjr and RTÉ News Now.

Over 50% of adults listen to RTÉ’s radio services every week. RTÉ Radio 1 is the only radio station in Ireland with over 1,000,000 listeners. RTÉ operates four primary stations (RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta). In addition there are five exclusively digital radio stations (RTÉ Radio 1 Extra, RTÉ Pulse,  RTÉ Gold, RTÉ 2XM, and RTÉjr Radio, Ireland’s only radio station just for children).

RTÉ also offers a broad range of digital services, including a comprehensive website (RTÉ.ie), RTÉ News Now (a 24-hour digital news service), and multiple genre-specific apps, including a bespoke RTÉjr app for younger audiences, as well as the popular RTÉ Player, RTÉ Radio Player, and a teletext service (RTÉ Aertel). RTÉ Archives is a broadcast and stills archive that curates the RTÉ’s audio-visual and print archive on behalf of the nation.

RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs comprise the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland’s national orchestra), the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, RTÉ Contempo Quartet, RTÉ Cor na nÓg (the children’s choir) and the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.

Saorview, Ireland’s first free-to-air digital television service, is owned and managed by RTÉ. The following RTÉ services are available on Saorview: RTÉ One, RTÉ Two HD, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr, RTÉ One +1 and RTÉ Aertel Digital, as well as all of RTÉ’s fm and digital radio services.

RTÉ sits at the heart of Irish life and at the centre of an increasingly interdependent Irish media sector. To learn more about RTÉ’s strategy up to 2018, visit

You can stay up-to-date with RTÉ on Twitter; just follow @rte.


You can find out more about how RTÉ is funded at

RTÉ is a dual-funded media organisation. The full cost of running its public services is not covered by the license fee alone, and so RTÉ is mandated under statute to maximise commercial revenue, which is reinvested into services. In response to sharp downturns in the Irish economy, RTÉ has reduced costs by some €130,000,000  since 2008 and reduced its workforce, over 500 staff have left the organisation in recent times.

However RTÉ has maintained its portfolio of services and public-service outputs and continues to evolve in finding new ways of meeting audience need?

RTÉ’s Annual Report contains a full breakdown of how RTÉ is funded (