Part 7 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 provides the basis for Public Service Broadcasting in Ireland. These provisions set out the regulation, operation and funding of the Public Service Broadcasting corporations, RTÉ and TG4.
The Act sets out the remit and 'objects' of the Public Service Broadcasters. These 'objects' provide the companies' mandates and encapsulate national policy on Public Service Broadcasting. They include the specific objective of providing national, free-to-air Public Service Broadcasting services. They also include the provision of a broad range of other relevant services. The provisions in the Act subject RTÉ and TG4 to a range of obligations.
The provision of balanced, well 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. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) also reviews their performance each year.