RTE have confirmed that they’re going to stop making their own young people’s tv programmes, and instead outsource the content.
The change will see independent production companies create the shows aimed at children and teenagers.
Staff who are only on a freelance contract, will have to reapply to all the relevant companies which take on the projects.
A statement from RTE reads, “Recognising the challenging financial environment, and so as to achieve stronger efficiencies and value for money, RTÉ is to make changes to how it produces young people’s programmes.
“After an examination of all output, a decision has been made to commission all young people’s programmes from the independent sector, enabling RTÉ to meet its statutory committed spend in the sector and reducing operating costs internally.
“RTÉ is not reducing its commitment to younger peoples programmes, nor it’s spend.”
This will come into affect by the end of the year.