RTÉ has entered into a new content agreement with ARTE, the Franco-German public-service broadcaster. The agreement will bring Irish cultural content to an international audience and was signed off by the broadcaster’s director general Dee Forbes this week.
ARTE and RTÉ have each undertaken to contribute a minimum of €250,000 per annum for an initial period of two years for the development of co-productions in 2017 and 2018, particularly in the fields of arts, culture, factual, history and natural history.
The agreement also provides for closer links between the two broadcasters’ online offerings, in particular through ARTE’s online platforms; ARTE Concert and ARTE in English along with RTÉ Player. Over the next two years audiences across Europe will be able to access participating
“This is an important partnership. With this agreement we will enable more Irish programmes and performances to reach new European audiences. As Ireland’s national media organisation, showcasing the best of Ireland, particularly in the area of arts and culture, is something that RTÉ takes very seriously. The online offering is also exciting, with RTÉ offering for the first time selected arts programming, documentaries and music broadcasts to European audiences through Arté Concert and Arté in English, while audiences in Ireland can avail of a carefully-curated selection of fascinating, compelling and current arts and cultural content from Arté on RTÉ Player. We look forward to encouraging audiences everywhere to explore this fantastic resource,” says Dee Forbes.
RTÉ will share selected music broadcasts, performances and documentary content, as well as selected concerts from the likes of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra on ARTE’s digital platforms, enabling millions of European users to discover uniquely Irish events and content.