RTÉ's Director General has said there needs to be a meaningful solution to the sustainability of public service broadcasting.

Dee Forbes made her comments at the launch of the new autumn schedule.

She said the range of programmes on offer made a compelling case for the need to secure public service broadcasting for the current generation and generations to come.

She also said audiences in Ireland should be able to see themselves on screen, hear themselves on air and read about their experiences online.

Ms Forbes said that is what is at the heart of the RTÉ mandate and what makes RTÉ distinctive from Netflix, Amazon and Disney, and from Spotify and Apple.

That is why the future of public service media is so important to Ireland, Ms Forbes added.

Among other things, there will be 40 hours of new Irish drama this autumn, as well as the largest selection of free-to-air sport available to audiences in Ireland across all platforms.

For the first time since Covid-19 restrictions, this September will also mark the return of an audience to The Late Late Show.

Presenter Ryan Tubridy said the numbers in the audience will grow as the weeks go by and this will be done in accordance with the public health guidelines.

Audience members will have to be vaccinated.

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