RTÉ selects Version 1 to support digital strategy

31 Oct 2012

Noel Curran, director general, RTÉ, and Tom O'Connor, director, Version 1

RTÉ Digital has awarded a three-year IT contract to indigenous consulting company Version 1 to support the rollout of its digital strategy.

The head of RTÉ Digital Múirne Laffan told Siliconrepublic.com recently that digital products and services will be 15pc of RTÉ’s commercial revenue by 2015.

Already almost 60pc of the broadcaster’s content available online is consumed on mobile devices, which compares with 25pc for the BBC and 27pc for The Guardian.

In May, RTÉ revealed a new digital strategy that will see every facet of the broadcaster’s organisation pivot in the direction of digital products. The broadcaster has just released a new-look RTÉ Player and on the way is a new RTÉ Shop for buying digital content and host of other things.

In terms of the three-year deal with Version 1, the director of production and operations at RTÉ Tom Grealis said that recent collaborations with Version 1 and the need for greater economies of scale drove the decision.

“Meeting audience needs is a key element of our digital strategy and providing ‘always-on’ business platforms for centralised and efficient content creation and multi-channel distribution is a pivotal part of this strategy,” Grealis said.

“With a long-standing track record in value-driven solution development and as a leader in application support services, Version 1 topped our partner selection.

“We recently launched a new audio-visual content-management system called Clipper – developed for us by Version 1 – and feedback from users has been positive, with a 50pc increase in programme turnaround time reported,” he said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years