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Wednesday 18 October 2017

RTE sues TV3 for €1m in row over digital fees

TV3 uses RTE's signal technology
TV3 uses RTE's signal technology

RTE is suing TV3 for around €1m in a dispute over an alleged failure to pay for digital transmission services.

The case was admitted to the Commercial Court list yesterday by Mr Justice Brian McGovern.

RTE is seeking €734,000 for tariffs it claims are outstanding for the provision of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) multiplexing broadcasting and transmission services in 2013, and about €287,000 in tariffs for the provision of DTT in 2014.

The sums sought are the difference between what TV3 has paid for the service and what RTE alleges it is owed. The court heard that TV3 has a defence to the claims.

RTE said TV3 relies on its transmission services for the digital broadcasting of TV3 and 3e, for which it must pay a fee.

It says TV3 had raised issues about the calculation of the tariffs with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), but a review in January this year found the tariffs had been correct.

The dispute will return before the courts later this year.

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