For those who can read German
abendblatt.de/kultur-live/tv … richt.html
Basically a public service broadcaster has been forbidden from promoting an app financed by the public broadcasting charge as it encroaches on the domain of traditional commercial media outlets.
I received a response from Former RTE staff member and Minister for Communications, Alex White in response to my request that he force RTE divest themselves of Network 2 and Radio 2 where he asserted that RTE is “obliged to provide a range of programming and it must retain the capacity to compete with the commercial sector for audiences across a broad range of programmes if it is to retain its relevance”.
So there you have it; RTE is a self-perpetuating beast that is intended to be commercial while at the same time funded by license fee competing with commercial broadcasters for scarce advertising income.
In the mail I sent him I had pointed out that UTV Ireland had lost millions due to their launch on a poor EPG slot and that they’d have paid many many millions to inherit Network 2’s slot on the dial.
In RTE you have an organisation which controls the BAI and controls the department through their own man, bought and paid for. RTE have achieved total regulatory and legislative capture; expect many more commercial broadcasters to go to the wall.