An independent report commissioned by the Government has found that there was no evidence that RTÉ was using the television licence fee proceeds to act in an anti-competitive manner in relation to the purchase of programming rights or in relation to the selling of advertising.

The Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Noel Dempsey, today published the Review of the impact on all broadcasters of the television licence fee paid to RTÉ, with particular emphasis on the advertising market.

In a statement today, RTÉ said it welcomed the vindication of the funding of public service  broadcasting in Ireland, which it said complemented the findings of the Competition Authority earlier in the year.

'RTÉ is committed to continuing to operate in an open and transparent manner and configures its annual report to maximise the information made available,' the statement added.

The review was carried out by a team of consultants headed by a London based firm Europe Economics and included Irish firms Curtin Dorgan Associates and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The Competition Authority had separately dealt with a complaint lodged by TV3 in relation to the impact of the licence fee on the advertising market and the consultants incorporated the outcome of that investigation in their own analysis.

The review mainly focussed on the television sector. It examined the potential impact in relation to both the acquisition of programming rights and on advertising rates.

It found that there was no evidence that RTÉ was using the licence fee proceeds to act in an anti-competitive manner in relation to the purchase of programming rights or in relation to the selling of advertising.