RTE to shut down RTE News Now

According to the Independent Newspaper yesterday, RTE may seek to shut down it’s rolling news channel, the article is reporting the reason for abandoning the channel may be due to “the organisation seeks ways to cut costs amid continuing financial pressure“. It seems the channel is expensive to run, with very little viewership.

From a consumer perspective it’s a real shame RTE cannot make this channel work, at the very least as a public service it’s very useful.

But, it’s not entirely surprising. In terms of content, it seems investment on the station is low, with the news bulletins from RTE 1 on a loop with the odd report from the Irish Government. The channel is also hidden very high up on the SKY channels list, well into the 500s, although it does have a more prominent position on the Virgin Media platform.

John Ryan