How RTÉ Is Run

RTÉ Audience Council

Dedicated to putting the Audience First

"The relationship between the audience and the broadcaster can be very uneven yet good communications between the two are vital for the ongoing development of a truly relevant service. RTÉ is committed to being open to its audience, welcoming all contact, listening to all views, and responding promptly and appropriately. To facilitate communication, and to enhance accountability, RTÉ decided to establish an Audience Council."

RTÉ Audience Council 2019-2020

We’re looking for new members of the RTÉ Audience Council to help us understand the needs of our diverse audiences. Would you like to be part of this active team of volunteers?

What’s the Audience Council?

The Audience Council (AC) actively listens to our audience’s views on RTÉ programmes and our public service remit and advises the RTÉ Board on its findings.

The Audience Council has 15 voluntary* members representing a cross-section of Irish society. AC members are selected and appointed by the RTÉ Board,  which also appoints one of its members as Chair of the council.

AC membership is an unpaid position with a maximum term of five years.

* Reasonable vouched out-of-pocket expenses relating to the work of the AC may be reimbursed

What might I be asked to do?

If you’re selected as a member of the Audience Council you may be asked to:

  • Assist and report to the RTÉ Board
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings of the AC, usually every 2 months
  • Listen to the views of members of the public at events and through public submissions, surveys, focus groups, social media, etc.
  • Help the Board research issues relating to RTE’s audience needs
  • Operate as part of a confidential group
  • Attend RTÉ public listening events
  • Contribute your ideas, opinions and expertise
  • Attend events on behalf of the RTÉ AC (public listening events, special RTÉ screenings, conferences, music events)

Do we have assistance with research and reporting?

Yes, the Board’s representative, who is Chair of the AC, works closely with the Secretary to the Audience Council, and will attend all meetings, take notes and help you create documents and presentations to submit to the Board. Speakers from RTÉ will also give talks and provide answers and advice to the AC. Some funding may also be available from time to time to commission professional research reports, surveys or focus groups.

What qualifications do I need?

No qualifications are needed. You just need to be interested in public service broadcasting and in assisting the Board in understanding the needs and views of RTÉ’s audience. You should be a good listener, respect other’s views and opinions (even if you do not share them) and have strong communication skills. Academic experience or an understanding of research processes are helpful. Experience of volunteering within a group or community, and working with members of the public, is also an asset.

Who should not apply?

If you represent an organisation or a particular interest (PR, lobbyists, special interest groups) please do not apply for membership.

Why does RTÉ have an Audience Council?

The Audience Council exists to help the Board better understand its audience’s needs. The RTÉ Audience Council is also a requirement of the Broadcasting Act 2009 (S.96) Membership of the RTÉ Audience Council is at the discretion of the RTÉ Board.

What’s the time commitment?

Regularly scheduled meetings in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 which are two to three hours in duration. There may be additional time required occasionally to compile reports or presentations and to attend events.

Why should I become a member?

This position is an opportunity to help Ireland’s national broadcaster in understanding how to best meet the needs of its audience. As a member you will be helping RTÉ to fulfil its public service remit.

Membership of the AC also gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the organisation, access to some events and the chance to work with the Board.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Audience Council please apply before 5pm on May 29th 2019.

Please submit the following documents to or to Audience Council, RTÉ, Dublin 4.

A short personal profile, no more than 200 words

A short statement outlining why you would be a good candidate for AC membership (250 to 500 words)