Ireland: In Search of Reform for Public Service Media Funding



This chapter discusses public service media (PSM) in Ireland in the context of the recent financial crisis and major demographic changes. It considers some of the factors impacting domestic PSM that are similar to those in other mature media systems in Europe, such as declining funding streams and debates over PSM-funding reform. After introducing the Irish social and political-economic context and providing for a brief historical review of PSM in Ireland, the roles of the domestic PSM organizations RTÉ and TG4 in the Irish media market are discussed. The chapter addresses initial government support for the introduction of a German-style household media fee, a Public Service Broadcasting Charge. While the charge was intended for introduction in 2015, it was later ruled out by the Irish Government in 2016.


Irish media market Public service media Media policy Public service media funding RTÉ Licence fee Household media fee 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of CommunicationUlster UniversityNewtownabbeyUnited Kingdom

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