Franco-German cultural broadcaster Arte and Irish national media organization RTÉ have inked a new two-year content agreement that will bring Irish cultural content to an international audience. Anne Durupty (pictured right), vice president of Arte GEIE and CEO of Arte France, and Dee Forbes (pictured left), director-general of RTÉ, put pen to paper to get the deal done.
The deal will see both Arte and RTÉ contribute a minimum of €250,000 per year (US$278,000) for an initial period of two years for the development of copros in 2017 and 2018, particularly in the fields of arts, culture, factual, history and natural history.
The agreement also allows for closer links between the two broadcasters’ online offerings, particularly 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 Irish music events and performances via ARTE’s online platforms while audiences in Ireland will be able to access an online world of European arts, cultural and historical programming through RTÉ Player’s new arts and documentary hubs.
“With this partnership we’re continuing to enhance Arte’s profile and visibility in Europe, one of the essential missions given to the channel by its founding treaty. Our objective, in the months and years ahead, is to showcase, via our digital offerings, the richness and diversity of European creativity to audiences across the continent of Europe,” said Durupty in a statement.
“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,” added 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.
RTÉ is Arte’s ninth European partner, and a representative of the Irish media company will sit in a consultative capacity in Arte’s decision-making bodies, including the Programme Committee and the General Assembly of Shareholders. The agreement is subject to renewal following the two-year period.