RTE is strong enough to a face a free market and doesn’t need more State support

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But so precarious have things become in the media world that despite all its cuts, RTE is still making losses. This is because of the mass departure of advertising revenue, with hundreds of millions now leaving Ireland to go to the likes of  Google and the many Sky channels. Ireland has the misfortune (or fortune for the viewer) of having to compete against the increasing amount of English-language broadcasting from elsewhere. This is really hurting RTE, but also TV3. However, TV3 has to get on with it, whereas RTE expects a leg-up from the State.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/eamon-delaney-why-cant-generously-funded-rte-stand-on-its-own-two-feet-29432259.html

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