How RTÉ Is Run

About RTÉ - Watch, Listen, Discover

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's radio service began on 1 January 1926, while television broadcasts began on 31 December 1961, making it one of the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters in the world. Learn more about the history of RTÉ here

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.Watch our latest EXPLORE RTÉ video here, bringing you an update of news content across RTÉ. For more from EXPLORE RTÉ, click here


RTÉ One and 2 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 2, RTÉ 2 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 RTÉ’s audio-visual and print archive on behalf of the nation.

RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs:

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, click here

You can stay up-to-date with RTÉ on Twitter and on Facebook


You can find out more about how RTÉ is funded here.