RTE to close Limerick studio and move Lyric FM production to Cork and Dublin as part of cost saving measures 

RTE to close Limerick studio and move Lyric FM production to Cork and Dublin as part of cost saving measures 

RTÉ plans to cut costs by closing its Limerick studio and moving the production of RTÉ Lyric FM to Cork and Dublin, it has been revealed.

The state broadcaster will take the action as part of a revised strategy “to address the key issues facing the organisation”.

Plans are also in place to cut around 200 jobs in 2020 and reduce the fees paid to top presenters by15%, in addition to the 30+% cuts as agreed in previous years.

RTÉ will also cut the Executive board members pay by around 10%.

RTÉ Director-General Dee Forbes said that the government must address the TV license system if the state broadcaster is to return to a “financially stable position”.

In a statement issued on Wednesday evening, she said:

“The Government needs to act to ensure there is a future for public service media in Ireland.

“I am clear about what role RTÉ should play in Irish life, but I am also clear that we cannot do it unless Government fixes the TV Licence system.

“We shouldn’t be under any illusions; we are in a fight – a fight to sustain a viable public media in Ireland,” she added.

““We remain in discussions with Government.

“We are doing all we can to return RTÉ to a stable financial position, but we will not be able to reinvent public media for future generations, nor fulfil our remit, without immediate reform of the TV Licence system.”

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