Earlier this year, the EC ordered the Danish broadcaster TV2/Danmark to repay Euro 84.4 million to the Danish government after its licence-fee model was ruled unlawful. If the EC rules against RTE and TG4, the broadcaster will have to repay millions of euros in licence-fee revenue and public funding, and the cost of commercial airtime could increase dramatically.
The Irish broadcaster RTE and TG4, the Irish-language station it controls, are under investigation by the European Commission over the broadcaster's public and licence-fee funding model. The scrutiny follows a five-year-old complaint by TV3, which claims the funding is unfair. TV3 is an independent Irish broadcaster part-owned by ITV.