847 complaints over Miss Panti show
Published 31/01/2014 | 02:30
RTE has been inundated with complaints amid the fallout of the controversial interview on 'The Saturday Night Show' with Rory O'Neill, who performs as the character Miss Panti Bliss, pictured.
The station received 847 complaints, mostly coming after its public apology to the Iona Institute and reports of damages to parties offended by Mr O'Neill's comments.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland received a further 100 written complaints in relation to the interview.
"The majority of the complaints are related to RTE's decision to issue an apology, while some related to reports of compensation paid by the broadcaster," spokesperson Emily Kelly told the Irish Independent.
"The normal complaint process applies where an individual is required to address their complaint to the broadcaster first and, in the event that they are not satisfied with the response received, they can then refer the matter to the BAI."
Mr O'Neill told the Irish Independent he is "delighted that so many care enough ... that they chose to complain".
'The Saturday Night Show' host Brendan O'Connor has apologised to Breda O'Brien, John Waters and the Iona Institute for any offence caused.
He said that on 'The Saturday Night Show' two weeks ago "comments were made by a guest" about a number of individuals and some members of the Iona Institute.
"These are not the views of RTE, and we would like to apologise for any upset or distress caused to the individuals named or identified," said Mr O'Connor.
"It is an important part of democratic debate that people must be able to hold dissenting views on controversial issues."