Welcome to RTÉ’s commissioning website
RTÉ requires that any company awarded a Commission is aware of the obligations under the RTÉ Journalism & Content Guidelines 2020 (21449_RTE_Journalism_Guidelines_2020-Updated.pdf) and the statutory and regulatory obligations under the Broadcasting Act 2009 and the relevant Codes of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (www.bai.ie ).
RTÉ works in partnership with independent producers to create many of Ireland’s favourite television programmes.
As programme-makers, we work together in one of the most competitive broadcasting environments in the world. We compete for viewers against some of the world’s largest commercial broadcasters and the world’s best-funded public service broadcaster. In recent years, on-demand services have also had an impact on the viewing habits of our audiences.
Our audiences want to be informed and entertained. They want top quality original Irish content. Our schedules are built on this. To continue to compete, we need your ideas and production skill to produce the shows that our audiences want to watch.
We have recently restructured our commissioning division into Groups to better facilitate you in producing quality content for our audiences. There are seven Content Groups: Drama, Entertainment, Music & Comedy; Factual; Arts and Culture; Cláracha Gaeilge, Sport and Young Peoples Programmes. Each Group serves our audience in a different way and you can find out what the requirements of each Group are by reading the commissioning briefs posted above.
We are now accepting your proposals on a ‘rolling commissioning’ basis. You should only pitch proposals that are properly worked up and clearly meet our commissioning briefs. We will update the briefs regularly, flagging you if we need more ideas in a certain area, or if new slots have opened up.
Under this system, most proposals will be rejected quickly, on the basis that a quick no is better than a long drawn out maybe.
For now, the majority of our focus and commissioned spend remains focused on television, but if you do have a strong digital-only or RTÉ Player idea, please contact the relevant Group Head or Commissioning Editor directly.
Should you require any assistance with your submissions, please contact either Michelle Kenny or Laura Finnegan in the Independent Productions Unit office on (01) 2082743 and (01) 2083429.
At heart, across all our programming, we’re looking for ideas that innovate and entertain.
Best of luck with your proposals.