How RTÉ Is Run
How RTÉ is Funded
RTÉ is a dual funded public service broadcaster. RTÉ brings you the moments you love, funded by the Television Licence Fee and commerical revenue.
The moments we love are made possible by the Licence Fee
Frequently Asked Questions
Who collects the TV Licence Fee?
Who gets money from the TV Licence Fee?
Why are there ads on RTÉ?
How does RTÉ use licence fee money?
Do I need a TV Licence?
What if I have more than one television?
What if I don't have a TV Licence?
How much does a TV Licence cost?
What about inflation?
How can I purchase a TV Licence?
What if I move house?
What if I have a second home or a holiday home?
What if my business has several branches?
Am I entitled to a free TV Licence?
In Ireland, public service broadcasting is part-funded from revenue collected from the public by way of the TV Licence Fee.
An Post, appointed by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, is the sole agent for the sale of TV Licences to the public. An Post maintains a database of both licenced and unlicenced addresses which is checked and updated regularly.
The Department of Social Protection (DSP) pays for TV Licences for a percentage of its clients who qualify for the "Free" TV Licence.
Licence revenue from both of these bodies is paid to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). DCENR then makes a grant-in-aid of the appropriate amount to RTÉ.
RTÉ receives part of the TV Licence Fee to support RTÉ's public services.
Approximately 7% of licence revenue goes to the BCI Broadcasting Fund. Revenue from this fund can be applied for by independent producers / broadcasters for specific projects of a public service nature. In addition, An Post is paid for providing collection and enforcement services.
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The majority of RTÉ’s activities are of a public service nature. The cost of providing these services, however, exceeds the amount of licence fee revenue which RTÉ receives. As a result, RTÉ engages in commercial activities to bridge the funding gap.
At the beginning of each year RTÉ publishes a Statement of Commitments to our Audience. To view the RTÉ Statement of Performance Commitments Reports Click Here
RTÉ reports on the progress it makes in relation to these commitments each year in the RTÉ Annual Report. To view RTÉ's Annual Reports - Click Here
Every household, business or institution that has a television set (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 2009) must by law be in possession of a current TV licence.
Only one licence is required for each address regardless of the number of televisions present.
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The TV Licence currently costs €160.
In announcing the Government approval of an increased TV Licence Fee, December 2002, Minister Dermot Ahern stated: "RTÉ will be able to seek annual increases up to the level of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). All future licence fee changes will be subject to the strict monitoring of performance against financial, management and programming targets."
- A TV licence can be purchased online at www.tvlicence.ie
- By phoning Lo-Call 1890 228 528 (24 hr service) and giving your Laser, MasterCard or Visa Card details.
- By direct debit from your bank current account. With direct debit you have the option of making an annual payment, bi-annual, quarterly or monthly payments.
- From any post office by cash, cheque or TV Savings Stamps or by Laser card at 1,000 post offices across the country.
- By Post,
Cheques to: An Post Licence Services Division, 5th Floor O'Connell Chambers, 1-2 Upper O'Connell Street, Dublin 1
Let An Post know your new address so that your TV licence can be transferred. Alternatively you can update your details yourself online at www.tvlicence.ie. If your address is not that which appears on the licence then you are deemed to be unlicenced and may be liable for prosecution.
If you have a second home or holiday home with a television set then you need a separate TV licence for that address.
If you have more than one premises with a television then you need a separate licence for each address.
The Department of Social and Family Affairs pays for TV Licences for certain categories of its clients under the Household Benefits scheme.