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Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Statutory corporation
Industry Broadcasting
Founded 1 June 1960; 63 years ago (1960-06-01)
RTÉ campus, Donnybrook, Dublin
Area served
Key people
Dee Forbes, Director General
Moya Doherty, Chair of Board
Services Television and radio, publishing and e-publishing (teletext & web), commercial telecoms, orchestras and performing arts, and related.
Revenue Decrease €337.3 million (2017)
Owner Government of Ireland
Number of employees
(as of 31 December 2013)
  • RTÉ Commercial Enterprises Limited
  • RTÉ Music Limited
  • Saorview
  • 2RN

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) ( Irish for "Radio & Television of Ireland") is the national broadcaster of Ireland headquartered in Donnybrook, Dublin. It both produces and broadcasts programmes on television, radio and online. The radio service began on 1 January 1926, while regular television broadcasts began on 31 December 1961, making it one of the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters in the world. RTÉ also publishes a weekly listings and lifestyle magazine, the RTÉ Guide.

RTÉ is a statutory body, overseen by a board appointed by the Government of Ireland, with general management in the hands of the Executive Board, headed by the Director-General. RTÉ is regulated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. RTÉ is financed by television licence fee and through advertising, with some of its services funded solely by advertising, while others are funded solely by the licence fee.

Radio Éireann, RTÉ's predecessor and at the time a section of the Department of Posts and Telegraphs, was one of 23 founding organisations of the European Broadcasting Union in 1950.


In the Republic of Ireland, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two are RTÉ's flagship channels. As digital television expands and as analogue television is being phased out by December 2012, RTÉ broadcasts several digital only television channels. These include RTÉ Two HD, RTÉ News Now, RTÉjr and RTÉ Aertel Digital. RTÉ Television also offers two further services: RTÉ Live, where viewers can watch RTÉ as it broadcasts live on the internet, utilizing programming from both RTÉ One and RTÉ Two and RTÉ Player an on-demand video service. Both of these services are available on a national and international basis.

RTÉ's programme The Late Late Show, is the longest running chat show in the world.


RTÉ Radio has four stations. There are also many digital stations.

  • RTÉ Radio 1
  • RTÉ 2fm
  • RTÉ lyric fm
  • RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta


RTÉ has many other services.

RTÉ Performing Groups

The RTÉ Performing Groups are five classical musical groups. They include:

  • RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - the bigger orchestra out if the two.
  • RTÉ Concert Orchestra - lighter music than the NSO
  • RTÉ Philharmonic Choir - an adult choir with 140 members
  • RTÉ Cór na nÓg - a children's choir
  • RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet - a string quartet

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