RTÉ new director general Kevin Bakhurst stands down executive board

RTÉ newly appointed director general Kevin Bakhurst has stood down the company’s executive board on his first day on the job, following undisclosed payments. In an email to RTÉ colleagues, it was revealed the board for the Irish broadcaster will be replaced with a temporary interim leadership team, while the company recruits a new permanent leadership […]

Irish Government launches root and branch review of RTÉ

Ireland’s Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media, Catherine Martin T.D has called for an independent, root and branch examination into Irish broadcaster RTÉ. It comes following the controversy over undisclosed payments to presenter Ryan Tubridy which led to the resignation of RTÉ director general Dee Forbes.  Forbes was suspended and later stepped […]

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes steps down over undisclosed payments

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes has announced her resignation following the controversy over undisclosed payments to presenter Ryan Tubridy. On Friday June 23, the Irish broadcaster had announced that Ms Forbes had been suspended two days earlier. The RTÉ presenter had received a series of payments of €345,000 above his annual published salary between 2017 […]

RTÉ and Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) taps Simplestream to upgrade IPTV service

Ireland’s largest sporting organisation, Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the Irish broadcaster RTÉ have tapped Simplestream to revamp its sports subscription channel, GAAGO.  The IPTV service airs Gaelic games including hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, Gaelic handball, and rounders accessible to members and supporters. Simplestream have built and delivered a new set of OTT applications for Android and iOS […]

Women’s Six Nations broadcasters to show all matches in boost to competition

Every match of the upcoming Women’s Six Nations will be broadcast for the first time. While the competition has been shown in participating nations, matches have historically only been shown when that nation’s team is playing.  France TV, the BBC and S4C in the UK, RTE and Virgin Media In Ireland and Sky Italia have […]

‘Several million euro’ investment required for RTÉ Player, says broadcaster

Irish broadcaster RTÉ has said that it requires significant investment to modernise its streaming service RTÉ Player. The broadcaster’s head of public affairs Vivienne Flood has told the country’s Public Accounts Committee that an investment of “several million euro” would be a “minimal requirement” in order to bring the streamer in line with industry standards. […]

URC achieves global viewership record

The United Rugby Championship (URC) has announced record viewership for the revamped competition. A revised version of the rugby union league, URC is an annual competition involving professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, with teams from the two hemispheres taking on one another in a unique contest. URC said that domestic […]

URC launches global rugby streamer

The United Rugby Championship (URC) has announced a partnership with RTÉ to launch a new global streaming service.  URC TV will provide fans with access to all 151 URC matches live and on-demand.  URC is annual rugby union competition involving professional teams from Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa and Wales, with teams from the two […]

Sports: Serie A to discuss media rights business sale; Baseball return sets records for ESPN; Ligue 1 channel reportedly to get Facebook distribution; RTÉ Sport teams with LOI for OTT platform

The clubs from Italy’s Serie A are reportedly set to meet this week to discuss investor bids for the league’s media business. According to Reuters, representatives from the 20 clubs will meet on July 30 to discuss a number of proposals that were invited last week. The league had asked investors to submit bids to […]

Government funding proposals “not fit for purpose” slams RTÉ director general

Irish PSB RTÉ is “in a crisis” said director general Dee Forbes who has heavily criticised proposals from the country’s government in regards to funding as “not fit for purpose”. “Regulation has not caught up with viewing habits,” claimed Forbes at an IBC 2019 panel on the relevance of PSBs in an OTT world.  The […]

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