TV licence payments fell by 13% in 2023

The Department of Media have reported that tv licence payments dropped by 13% last year.

The latest figures show that there was a fall of 123,000 licences last year, which accounts for a revenue drop of €19 million. And while there has been a decline in tv licences over the past five years, last year’s fall is the most significant.

The RTÉ payment controversy has largely been to blame for the significant drop in licences, with 378,974 licences bought between July – December 2023, of which 345,303 were renewals.

Overall, there has been a €34 million fall in revenue from tv licences since 2018.

This has dealt a serious blow to RTÉ, whose dual-funding model means that 55% of their income is reliant on the payment of tv licences, while the rest is earned through commercial revenue.

While RTÉ have suffered greatly due to the fall in tv licences, their troubles truly began last June with revelations regarding the high salaries of some of their top talent, secret arrangements regarding Ryan Tubridy’s pay, corporate entertainment for advertising clients, and huge exit packages for their executive staff.

In an ironic turn of events, RTÉ clocked some of its highest ratings when the Irish public tuned in to RTÉ News to keep up with the scandal and the subsequent responses from the broadcaster.

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