€1m ‘new look’ facelift for RTÉ sports studio

RTÉ is to spend almost €1m on a hi-tech video wall to enhance its sports programming, along with studio lighting upgrades for shows including The Sunday Game and Soccer Republic.

A €1.4m revamp of RTÉ’s news studio was revealed last month, despite a €6.4m loss being recorded in the national broadcaster’s most recent annual accounts. The upgrade included LED walls and HD camera systems.

RTÉ’s sports studio is now set for a facelift after the broadcaster sought tenders for works intended to “give a new look” to its sports programmes. The studio will be redesigned to accommodate a LED wall and two presentation areas, according to the tender notice.

LED lighting will replace tungsten lighting in order to give the potential for “daylight colour temperature” in the studio. The project will also allow for increased use of graphic templates.

The total estimated value of the works is €900,000 excluding Vat.

In 2017, RTÉ announced up to 300 job cuts after recording a €19.7m deficit in its accounts for 2016. The broadcaster lost €6.4m in 2017, and is reported to have made “a significant loss” again last year.

Last month, Michael O’Keeffe, chief executive of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), said that RTÉ will have to make “difficult choices” if the Government does not increase its funding.

A decision on funding for the State broadcaster is expected next month. The BAI has recommended a €30m increase.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton recently approved plans for a new RTÉ2+1 television service, as well as an extended RTÉ One+1 service. Virgin Television had objected to the proposals.

Contractors have until March 25 to submit bids for the latest tender.

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