Other Reporting & Statistical Information

Audience Council

Section 96 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 established the RTÉ Audience Council on a statutory basis. It provides a voice for the viewers and listeners with regard to RTÉ’s output and delivery on its public remit. It advises the RTÉ Board on specific issues relating to RTÉ’s public-service remit and audience needs.

The members represent a diverse range of interests and backgrounds and are appointed by the Board of RTÉ, taking into account the requirements of the Broadcasting Act 2009. The RTÉ Board also appoints one of its members (currently vacant, pending Board appointments) as an ex officio member of the council.​ Further information on the Audience Council and its members is available at https://about.rte.ie/inside-rte/rte-audience-council/

RTÉ Fair Trading Report 2020

RTÉ is committed to ensuring that its trading activities adhere to the principles of fair competition and are operated within the framework of both EU and national legislation. In addition RTÉ has considered it appropriate to implement its own policy and procedures, the RTÉ Fair Trading Policy and Procedures which are published on the RTÉ website.

The Fair Trading Committee was established to oversee the implementation of the Policy and Procedures. It is a sub-committee of the RTÉ Board. The members of the sub-committee during 2020 were Deborah Kelleher (Chair) and Ian Kehoe. This sub-committee is responsible for the independent oversight of the fair trading policy with regard to its implementation; with the ability to conduct periodic reviews of the policy as well as a review of the complaints procedure. The Fair Trading Officer, Eleanor Bleahene, reported directly to the sub-committee during 2020. The Fair Trading Officer continued to provide advice and guidance to relevant areas in RTÉ on fair trading matters during 2020.

No complaints were received during 2020.

Report under Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 requires RTÉ to publish an annual report relating to protected disclosures made under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. In accordance with this requirement, RTÉ confirms that no protected disclosures were made during the year ending 31 December 2020.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS TO RTÉ

2020 2019

Requests carried forward from prior year

15

6

New requests in year

150

214

Granted

19

28

Partially granted

45

77

Refused

86

85

Withdrawn or handled outside FOI

7

15

To be resolved

8

15

Source: RTÉ

COMPLAINTS TO BROADCASTING AUTHORITY OF IRELAND ABOUT RTÉ OUTPUT

2020 2019

Number of complaints received

32

55

Number of complaints upheld

0

0

Source: RTÉ