Part 7 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 provides the basis for Public Service Broadcasting in Ireland and sets out the provisions relating to the regulation, operation and funding of the Public Service Broadcasting corporations, RTÉ and TG4.
The Act sets out the remit and objectives of the Public Service Broadcasters. These 'objects' provide the companies' statutory mandates and encapsulate national policy on Public Service Broadcasting. They include the specific objective of providing national, free-to-air Public Service Broadcasting services, as well as the provision of a broad range of other associated services that are seen as relevant to the role of the public service broadcaster. In their pursuit of these objects, the provisions in the Act subject RTÉ and TG4 to a range of additional requirements.
The provision of balanced, adequately resourced and independent Public Broadcasting services is considered fundamental to democratic society in most EU countries.
RTÉ and TG4 are funded through a mix of licence fee revenues, Exchequer grant and commercial revenue. Each year, RTÉ and TG4 report on how they use public funding and their performance is reviewed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).