The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has approved additional funding of €3.5m for TG4 in 2021. They will receive €40.7m from the exchequer in 2021.
Alan Esslemont, Ard-Stiúrthóir of TG4 said:
“Léiríonn an infheistíocht seo an muinín atá acu as foireann TG4, as earnáil na léiriúchán neamhspleách, as ár straitéis lucht féachana agus as ár straitéis don earnáil chlosamhairc réigiúnach. Leanfaidh Bord agus bainistíocht TG4 orthu, in éineacht lenár gcomhpháirtithe ar fad, ag iarraidh athshamhlú a dhéanamh ar ról agus ar stádas na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta i sochaí na hÉireann. Creideann muid gur cheart go mbeadh na meáin agus na healaíona i lár na físe athshamhlaithe sin.”
“This investment by the government shows the confidence it has in TG4, in the Independent Production Sector, in our audience strategy, and in our strategy for the audiovisual sector in the regions. The Board and management of TG4, together with our partners, will continue in our efforts to reimagine the role and the status of the Irish language and the Gaeltacht in Irish society. We believe that media and the arts should be central to this reimagined vision.”
The BAI recommended that an additional €6m per annum should be allocated to TG4 when it approved its five-year strategy from 2018-2022.
The announcement represents the largest sum allocated to TG4 since 2008.
In 2019, TG4 increased its television share to 1.84% and was the 6th most-watched channel in Ireland. This was the highest ever audience ranking for TG4 since the channel was launched in 1996.
Last year, TG4 invested €23m in the independent production sector in Ireland, of which €21m was invested in regional independent production companies.
70% of the annual expenditure was spent on content creation. It is said that this additional funding will create new investment opportunities for TG4 to further develop and support the Independent Production sector, and will, in turn, benefit the economy, in the Gaeltacht and in regions in particular.