RTÉ has this evening confirmed it will no longer produce its own young people’s TV programming.
The broadcaster will now commission these shows from the independent sector.
A statement from RTÉ said they are "recognising the challenging financial environment" and want to achieve “stronger efficiencies and value for money”.
The move will help RTÉ to meet its "statutory committed spend in the sector and reducing operating costs internally."
RTÉ said it is not reducing its commitment to young peoples programmes, nor is it reducing its spending.
"RTÉ remains fully committed to delivering original Irish content for young people, and this decision means that RTÉ is now fully investing its young peoples programme budget in the independent sector, allowing independent production companies and animation companies to pitch new ideas and programmes for delivery to our youngest viewers."