Poll: RTÉ's Director General Dee Forbes has argued for an increase in the TV license fee - but is it what viewers want?

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Not forgetting "getaways" where rte staff and minor celebs used to get family holidays at the license payers expense, I'm sure they were all laughing in the production office when they came up with that doozie.
 

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- One about Wedding Planners ( some with international travel ) My big day - home and away.
- One about food sampling. ( All international travel ) Neven Maguire, Food Trail.
- Another one about food sampling ( All international travel ) Francis Brennan’s grand tours.
- Another one - Celebrity globetrotters ( All international travel)
- Hector ( All international travel )
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Hector is mostly TG4, now separated from RTE.
Yep, we're paying for that as well.
 

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This was discussed Yesterday on Matt Cooper. Seemingly RTE have sold off half their land?
And about time.
We're a small island, a small economy, yet our political class aspires to have a state broadcaster that would suit a third world despot with oil wells.

RTE could fulfill its supposed role at a tiny fraction of its current cost and size. I mean, what tf has Fair City got to do with public service?
The problem now is that it has become a monster that will bite the hand that tries to rein it in.
That should never have been allowed to happen.
 

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Seems like they are facing cutbacks due to the decline in commercial revenue streams. Cooper reported that the government would not be propping them up, but lets see.
 

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Seems like they are facing cutbacks due to the decline in commercial revenue streams. Cooper reported that the government would not be propping them up, but lets see.
The government will prop them up but will spin it otherwise.
When every home and house is taxed E160 this will represent a dramatic increase in funding.
In addition, how much are State bodies like the Road Safety Authority funneling to RTE when they "sponsor" programmes?
 

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Can anyone answer this, if the Tubs, Darcey or the other muppet Duffy and worse still that 'ol granny Marrian get someone to stand in for them do they still get paid their obscene amount of taxpayers cash? And one reason why their remuneration won't be cut is if it were then Dee and all the other hangers-on would have to have theirs reduced also.
 

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Can anyone answer this, if the Tubs, Darcey or the other muppet Duffy and worse still that 'ol granny Marrian get someone to stand in for them do they still get paid their obscene amount of taxpayers cash? And one reason why their remuneration won't be cut is if it were then Dee and all the other hangers-on would have to have theirs reduced also.
Afaik, they're all self-employed, which should give RTE huge latitude when it comes to setting fees.
The fact that there's so much being paid for contracts that should be up for regular review and open to competition should make the license payers wonder at the degree of insider dealing that goes on.
 

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Afaik, they're all self-employed, which should give RTE huge latitude when it comes to setting fees.
The fact that there's so much being paid for contracts that should be up for regular review and open to competition should make the license payers wonder at the degree of insider dealing that goes on.
rte is a house of cards, imagine if joe/marian/ray/Miriam took a 50% paycut......imagine the position the hundreds of employees in rte would be in, including the dg and her management staff.
 

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- One about Wedding Planners ( some with international travel ) My big day - home and away.
- One about food sampling. ( All international travel ) Neven Maguire, Food Trail.
- Another one about food sampling ( All international travel ) Francis Brennan’s grand tours.
- Another one - Celebrity globetrotters ( All international travel)
- Hector ( All international travel )
etc. etc.
The obsession with grub: another sign of terminal decline.
 

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The union rate for a sparks or chippy is around 50k so add in shift which i presume they get and a skilled worker in rte is probably pulling 70k, now consider the delusions of those in the "arts" and "media" and you can probably ballpark what a whole host of wasters in rte are getting, far more than the manual labour i would guess..............that's the real problem in rte, delusions of grandeur living in a fantasy land.
 
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The obsession with grub: another sign of terminal decline.
It’s more of rubbing normal people’s noses in it. We get programs about home improvements too during recessions for instance, with posh people getting their 5 and 6 bed houses done up for nothing, but the prices of the work into tens and tens of thousands rolled out at normal. At the same time Turkey Murphy overseeing an ever increasing housing crisis.
 
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