The RTÉ payments scandal has reduced TV license income by €16.4 million since July as more than 102,500 people have opted not to pay their TV license fees since the scandal broke, reports Breaking News.
However, new figures provided by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD (Green Party) show that the number of TV license holders who did not renew their €160 TV license fell sharply this month compared to last month.
Brendan Griffin TD (FG) revealed in a written reply to Minister Martin that TV license fee revenue fell by 29.3 per cent from July 1 to October 31 compared to the same period last year, leading to a reduction in TV revenue £16.08 million License fee, reports Breaking News.
The 29.3% drop in four months follows the RTÉ payments scandal which began in late June following the revelation of a €225,000 payment to Ryan Tubridy, which led to a financial crisis at RTÉ.
The crisis led to the departure of several key managers from the national broadcaster and a breakdown in relations between the broadcaster and Tubridy, who has now found a new job at British station Virgin Radio.
The government this week agreed to pay RTÉ a €56 million bailout after the broadcaster plans to cut 400 jobs by 2028, reports Breaking News.
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