Saturday 20 December 2014

BAI rules on Kenny 'Mao' jibe on radio

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 18/01/2014 | 02:30

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Chris Donoghue, Newstalk presenter

The Broadcasting watchdog has partially upheld a complaint against 'Newstalk' after Enda Kenny was likened to a Chinese communist leader during a radio item last September.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) found that the 'Newstalk Breakfast' programme failed in its obligation to provide "alternative perspectives" during a discussion on the Seanad referendum campaign.

The programme's presenters, Chris Donoghue and Ivan Yates, discussed the decision by the Taoiseach not to participate in a debate on the issue of Seanad abolition.

During the programme, one of the presenters likened Mr Kenny to Mao Zedong.

The BAI ruled that the discussion should have been balanced by "alternative perspectives" on the issue and has informed Newstalk that it will be expected to broadcast details of the ruling.

Irish Independent

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