"Let It Go, I Say!"

Ivan Yates is not a fan of the RTE Concert Orchestra

The Hard Shoulder
18:19 9 Nov 2017 John O'Donovan 18:19 Thursday 9 November 2017

Ivan Yates discusses reports that SIPTU and Musicians Union of Ireland could not rule out the possibility of industrial action over an independent review of the RTÉ orchestral services.  

The review will look at the best way of providing quality and sustainable orchestral services to the Irish public.The unions say RTÉ could face "significant opposition" to the process.


Ivan spoke out about his shock at how much it was costing to keep both orchestra's going and pondered if that money could be put to better use. According to the RTÉ annual report for 2016, 7.1 per cent of the licence fee money received by the broadcaster, almost €12.7 million, is allocated to the orchestras, with some €9.41 out of every licence fee used for this purpose.

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