TG4 welcomes almost €2m in additional funding for 2020

Alan Esselemon, Director General TG4, at the TG4 Studios in Ballinahown, Co. Galway. Pic. Michael Dillon

TG4 has welcomed today’s announcement from Minister Catherine Martin that the station will be allocated a further €1.9 million in 2020.

The extra funding due to the pandemic reflects the cost of additional coronavirus-related programming for viewers, and ensures that production is carried out in a safe environment.

This is in addition to the €3.5m in additional funding secured for TG4 in Budget 2021 to support the implementation of their strategy.

“It was very important to us in TG4 to demonstrate our solidarity with independent television companies this year and to attempt to retain employment in the sector,” said Director General of TG4 Alan Esslemont.

“We also wanted to help schools and school children and we are extremely proud of the series ‘Cúla4 ar Scoil’ which is going from strength to strength.

“TG4 welcomes the statement given by Minister Catherine Martin today and we are very grateful to her and to the Department for the degree of confidence they have shown to have in TG4 as a Public Service Broadcaster. ”

Speaking earlier today, Minister Martin said: “TG4 has done a terrific job in responding to the challenges posed by Covid-19, putting in place programming such as Cúla4 ar Scoil for younger audiences and providing important news and information to keep the public safe and well-informed. I’m delighted to be able to support them in this important work”.

This additional funding will also assist TG4 to further strengthen its partnerships with independent production companies and secure ongoing employment in that sector.