RTÉ Archives Rates

The rates that apply depend on the use of the material being requested. You can review the rates that apply to each of the different usage types below.

Broadcast/Publishing/Media Production/Commercial Production

There are different charges associated with television and radio material.

Rates for Television Material

Licensing RTÉ Television Footage

Use of material supplied by RTÉ Archives incurs a licence fee. The cost of this licence fee depends on the rights/clearance requested, and in relation to RTÉ Television and Radio material, on the duration of the material used.

A standard minimum fee must be paid on receipt of purchase order and in advance of supply of broadcast quality material, except with repeat business customers who may be set up with a credit account.

RTÉ Television Library Sales Rate Card

Broadcast - 3 Year Licence Period (Standard)
Medium Territory Rates
€/sec *
Minimum Payment
€ *
Free to Air Rep. Ireland/
Northern Ireland
6 280
Any National Network
(excl. USA & Canada)
12 480
National Network
(USA & Canada)
14 670
Regional 12 380
World
(excl. USA & Canada)
29 1450
World
(incl. USA & Canada)
35 1920
Pay Television Europe 17 955
World
(excl. USA & Canada)
63 1920
World
(incl. USA & Canada)
75 4200
Note: Repeat Transmissions on the same channel are charged 50% of the original payment.
Television Commercial - 1 Year Licence Period
Free to Air Ireland/Northern Ireland 80 800
Any National Network (excl. USA & Canada) 95 955
National Network (USA & Canada) 160 1600
Pay Television Regional/World 320 3200
Non Broadcast- Unrestricted Licence unless Specified
Corporate Ireland/Northern Ireland 7 400
Europe 10 520
USA & Canada 17 1035
Educational/Public Exhibition Ireland/Northern Ireland 3 250
Europe 6 420
USA & Canada 13 830
Internet Broadcast Add On 3 180
Any Website 7 400
Research/Viewing Charges
Minimum 1 hour Charged Rate/Hour Rate/Day
Library Research & Retrieval 70 400
Viewing 70 336
Legal/Rights search 45 -
Note: Viewing facilities are available through prior appointment.
Transfer Charges
Master Format Copy Format Rate/Hour Maximum no. of Items
Beta/Digi Beta Beta/Digi Beta 200 6
Beta/Digi Beta DVD 100 6
Beta/Digi Beta VHS Screener 65 6
Telecine Beta/Digi Beta/DVD 250 3
Tape Stock Costs
Betacam SP
20 mins. 30 mins. 60 mins. 90 mins.
€7 €7 €14 €19
Digital Betacam
32 mins. 64 mins. 94 mins. 124 mins.
€14 €20 €30 €39
DVC Pro
12 mins. 33 mins. 66 mins. 126 mins.
€8 €8 €12 €24
VHS Screener
30 mins. 60 mins. 120 mins. 180 mins.
€1 €1 €1.50 €1.50
DVD
€5  

* Note: All charges exclusive of VAT.

  • Charges are reviewed annually and may be changed at the discretion of the RTÉ Televison Library Sales Manager.
  • Charges do not cover all eventualities.
  • Charges are subject to specified licence period and number of transmissions.
  • Material is provided on a strictly non-exclusive basis for use in production specified in licence agreement.
  • Material must not be used in a manner that is detrimental to any person or body.
  • The user is responsible for clearing all music, appearance and performing rights and will indemnify RTÉ against any claims resulting from a failure to clear such rights.
  • All library fees, duplicating costs, shipping costs and minimum royalty fees are payable on supply of any copies.
  • The minimum non-refundable royalty fees paid will be deducted from the final fee payable if that should be greater.
  • Royalty fees for usage of material are charged according to length used on receipt of a usage declaration. If no usage declaration is received within 30 days from date of supply, royalty fees are payable on total length supplied.

Rates for Radio Material

Licensing RTÉ Radio Material

Use of material supplied by RTÉ Archives incurs a licence fee. The cost of this licence fee depends on the rights/clearance requested, and in relation to RTÉ Television and Radio material, on the duration of the material used.

A standard minimum fee must be paid on receipt of purchase order and in advance of supply of broadcast quality material, except with repeat business customers who may be set up with a credit account.

RTÉ Radio Library Sales Rate Card - SPOKEN WORD ONLY

Broadcast - 3 Year Licence Period (Standard)
Medium Territory Rates
€/sec *
Minimum Payment
€ *
Free to Air Any National Network
(excl. USA & Canada)
6 288
National Network
(USA & Canada)
9 402
Regional (excl. USA & Canada) 7.20 228
Regional (USA & Canada) 6 288
World
(excl. USA & Canada)
16 870
World
(incl. USA & Canada)
22 1170
Europe
(EBU members only)
12 450
Rep. Ireland- national 4 168
Rep. Ireland- local 1.60 68
Rep. Ireland- community 0.89 45
Pay Television Europe 9.75 573
World
(excl. USA & Canada)
20 1152
World
(incl. USA & Canada)
42 2520
Note: Repeat Transmissions on the same channel are charged 50% of the original payment
Cinema - 3 Year Licence Period
Cinema World Price On Application Price On Application
Television Commercial - 1 Year Licence Period
Free to Air Ireland/Northern Ireland 48 480
Any National Network (excl. USA & Canada) 57 570
National Network (USA & Canada) 96 960
Pay Television Regional/World 192 1920
Non Broadcast- Unrestricted Licence unless Specified
Corporate Ireland/Northern Ireland 2 150
Europe 3.60 252
USA & Canada 8 500
Educational/Public Exhibition Ireland/Northern Ireland 2 150
Europe 3.60 252
USA & Canada 8 500
Research/Viewing Charges
Minimum 1 hour Charged Rate/Hour Rate/Day
Library Research & Retrieval 60 360
Listening 60 300
Legal/Rights clearance 40 -
Note: Listening facilities available through prior appointment only
Transfer Charges
Master Format Copy Format Rate/Hour Maximum no. of Items
All audio formats All audio formats 40 3

* Note: All charges exclusive of VAT.

  • Charges are reviewed annually and may be changed at the discretion of the RTÉ Radio Library Sales Manager.
  • Charges do not cover all eventualities.
  • Charges are subject to specified licence period and number of transmissions.
  • Material is provided on a strictly non-exclusive basis for use in production specified in licence agreement.
  • Material must not be used in a manner that is detrimental to any person or body.
  • The user is responsible for clearing all music, appearance and performing rights and will indemnify RTÉ against any claims resulting from a failure to clear such rights.
  • All library fees, duplicating costs, shipping costs and minimum royalty fees are payable on supply of any copies.
  • The minimum non-refundable royalty fees paid will be deducted from the final fee payable if that should be greater.
  • Royalty fees for usage of material are charged according to length used on receipt of a usage declaration. If no usage declaration is received within 30 days from date of supply, royalty fees are payable on total length supplied.

Public Exhibitions

Research, Viewing & Transfer Costs

Charges will apply for all technical costs of access, including research and viewing time, copying and transfers of material. A minimum advance charge must be paid for in full as per RTÉ Archives rates applying at the time of access.

In the case of large-scale projects, clients requesting material may be advised to hire professional researchers at the client's own expense.

Transfer, Technical and Service Charges *
Transfer From video/audio cassette -
€100.00 per 30 minutes
Maximum 3 items
From other formats -
Charges available on request
Note: A separate charge is made for video tape and cassette stock material.
Research & Retrieval
(by RTÉ Library Staff)
€70.00 per hour
Minimum - 1 hour
Viewing/Listening Time €70.00 per hour
Minimum - 1 hour
Rights Checking Research €45.00 per hour
Minimum - 1 hour

* Note: All prices quoted are exclusive of VAT.

Royalties for Non-Commercial Use of Archive Material in Public Exhibitions

Royalty fees may not be charged for the use of RTÉ archive material in museum and heritage exhibitions under a Public Exhibition Licensing Agreement .

Waiving of royalty charges will be subject to:

  • considerations of the funding invested in, and revenue generated from, the public exhibition
  • terms and conditions of the Public Exhibition Licensing Agreement
  • copyright law.

Commercial Exploitation

Commercial exploitation of the materials will require an additional licence and RTÉ Archives reserves the right to charge royalties for any such use. Additionally RTÉ Archives reserves the right to refuse or restrict such commercial exploitation.

Terms and Conditions of Charges

  • Charges are reviewed annually and may be changed at the discretion of the RTÉ Archives.
  • Charges do not cover all eventualities.
  • Material is provided on a strictly non-exclusive basis for use in exhibition specified in licence agreement.
  • Material must not be used in a manner that is detrimental to any person or body.
  • The user is responsible for clearing all music, appearance and performing rights and will indemnify RTÉ against any claims resulting from a failure to clear such rights.
  • All library fees, duplicating costs, shipping costs and minimum royalty fees are payable on supply of any copies.
  • Where royalty fees apply, a minimum non-refundable royalty fees paid will be deducted from the final fee payable if that should be greater.
  • Royalty fees for usage of material are charged according to length used on receipt of a usage declaration. If no usage declaration is received within 30 days from date of supply, royalty fees are payable on total length supplied.

Academic Research

Charges for RTÉ Television Library & RTÉ Radio Library

  • Mediated research including print-outs of results - €63 one-hour block of research
  • Research by Student - €25 per hour (minimum charge)
  • Student Day Rate for research, viewing and VHS/audio-cassette copying - €65 day rate (supply own VHS tapes)
  • Student half–day rate- €35 half-day (as above)
  • VHS/audio-cassette copies of programmes/extracts - €25 per hour (of staff time involved)

Please note:

  • All above resources are subject to time and material limit as may be determined by RTÉ Archives.
  • The archive may review these rates from time to time.
  • Students should supply own VHS/audio-cassette tape for copying under the day-access rates.
  • Where access is required on site, the student must give a reasonable estimate of the time envisaged.
  • Payment for any of the above will be required in advance either by cheque or credit card.
  • For RTÉ Television or Radio archive material only, a minimum charge of €25 in advance will apply for any initial research or copying on behalf of a student.

Private Use

Please note that charges quoted below are for home use - corporate use charges are subject to negotiation.

RTÉ Television Archive Material

Minimum charge, payable in advance - €65.00 (excluding VAT)

  • Segments up to 15 minutes - charge on request
  • Programmes up to 60 minutes - charge on request
  • Programmes up to 120 minutes - charge on request
  • Research fee (per hour or part thereof) - €65.00 (excluding VAT)

Please note limit on order of TV archive material for private use:

  • Maximum of six clips per order
  • Maximum of one hour duration per order
  • Additional clips by negotiation

Please note, due to considerable demands on the RTÉ Television Archives service, it is not always possible to supply copies for private use.

RTÉ Radio Archive Material

Minimum charge, payable in advance - €30.00 (excluding VAT)

  • Individual programmes up to 60 minutes - €30.00
  • Individual programmes up to 120 minutes - €60.00
  • Research fee (per hour or part thereof) - €60.00
  • All charges quoted are exclusive of VAT

Please Note:

Charges quoted are exclusive of VAT.

Payment must be made in advance of supply of CDs, DVDs, VHS or audiocassettes containing archive material.

Payment may be made by cheque or credit card only.

Research services in excess of one hour will be charged in advance.

Charges are reviewed annually and may be changed at the discretion of the RTÉ Archives.

This Price Guide does not cover all eventualities.

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