Policies and guidelines


RTÉ Journalism Guidelines (2020)

RTÉ’s editorial values include a commitment to:

• Operate in the public interest, providing news and current affairs that is fair and impartial, accurate and challenging
• Be honest and transparent in all of our activities
• Take personal responsibility for pursuing the organisation’s goals

These editorial guidelines set out RTÉ’s approach to embedding those values in all our journalistic activity no matter how it is created and however it is received by our audiences. Our guidelines are to be applied in a way which maintains independence and deserves trust without constraining legitimate journalistic enquiry.

To view these guidelines, click here.

To view the Irish language version, click here.

RTÉ Social Media Guidelines

All RTÉ staff and contributors should be aware of and should abide by the RTÉ Social Media Guidelines. To view these guidelines, click here.

Programme Classification Information 

RTE operate an onscreen programme classification system to let viewers know more about the content of scheduled programmes. Icons will appear on screen for 20 seconds at the start of each programme which will help people make informed decision to view or not to view.

The four classification categories are:    

(GA) General Audience: Indicates a programme suitable for all ages and tastes

(CH)  Children: Indicates a programme aimed specifically at children, including pre-teen or young teenage audiences

(PS) Parental Supervision: Indicates a programme aimed a mature audience. It might deal with adult themes, be moderately violent or frightening, or contain infrequent bad language. This classification label invites parents or guardians to consider restricting children’s access

(MA) Mature Audience: Indicates a typically post-watershed (9.00pm) programme which might contain scenes of violence, sexual activity, bad language or adult themes.

RTÉ Data Protection Individual Rights Guide

Your privacy and data protection rights are important to RTÉ. As described in the RTÉ Privacy Policy, there are a number of rights which you may exercise under data protection law. This guide explains what these rights are and how to exercise them. To view, click here.

RTÉ Data and Document Retention Policy

This is the data and document Retention Policy of RTÉ and forms part of RTÉ’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) compliance project. To view, click here.

RTÉ Environmental Property

Mindful of our public service obligations, RTÉ has put in place an Environmental Policy. To view, click here.

RTÉ Child Protection Policy

RTÉ has written this policy to ensure the safety of all children that we engage with across all aspects of our business. It has been developed in line with the requirements of “Children First National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011”. To view, click here.

RTÉ Code of Business Conduct

The Code of Business Conduct for RTÉ Staff is intended to steer the conduct of RTÉ employees as they carry out business activities. To view the Code, click here.

RTÉ Privacy Policy

This is the Privacy Policy of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, RTÉ Commercial Enterprises DAC, and any of their affiliates, including RTÉ Transmission Network DAC trading as 2RN (together “RTÉ”). To view RTÉ’s Privacy Policy, click here.

RTÉ Cookie Policy

RTÉ respects the privacy of all visitors to our websites and our apps (our “Sites”). This Cookie Policy outlines our policy concerning the use of cookies, tracking beacons, local storage and similar technologies (“Cookies”). To view RTÉ’s Cookie Policy, click here.

Other RTÉ Policies and Guidelines

Terms and Conditions for RTÉ.ie
RTÉ Internal Audit Charter
Diversity and Inclusion in RTÉ
RTÉ Fair Trading Policy & Procedures
RTÉ Fair Trading Complaints Policies

RTÉ Cookie Policy for Children’s Online Services