RTÉ's Director General Dee Forbes has said if the broadcaster is to remain relevant, it must meet the needs of a new generation that has never been without the internet and access to the best programming from all over the world.

Dee Forbes today briefed staff on RTÉ's new five-year strategy, entitled Renewing RTÉ for the Next Generation 2018 - 2022.

RTÉ has said Irish television drama will be a key focus in the years ahead, and that there will be a continued investment in news and current affairs and sport, alongside investment in key genres including arts and culture, children's and young people's programmes, drama, entertainment, Irish language and factual content.

Ms Forbes said: "We're about providing Irish audiences with the best Irish content across a range of genres, from kids to drama, to documentaries to news and current affairs.

"Drama is a wonderful genre of television where you can look at Irish culture and Irish life in all its forms, warts and all. I think if we were to really increase our drama output it would be a great response to what is happening in the industry, but also great for our audience. And remember, this is all about the audience."

Under the Broadcasting Act, RTÉ is obliged to submit a five-year strategy to the BAI, which will then make recommendations to the Government.