Sunday 23 July 2017

RTE is boring, says US radio star

Ira Glass, award-winning American broadcast journalist
Ira Glass, award-winning American broadcast journalist
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

A TOP American radio presenter has warned that output on public service broadcasters like RTE and the BBC, while worthy, can come across "on the boring side".

Ira Glass, pictured, who reaches almost two million listeners with his show 'This American Life' on National Public Radio in the United States, was in Trinity College Dublin to accept a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage of the University Philosophical society. He said: "It's a great honour to be invited here. I have no idea why you know who I am – I'm not on the radio here."

In a talk to students he said that public broadcasters are "very good at being timely and authoritative and analytical and a decent news source but are boring".

He said: "I listened to RTE for six hours and I thought what we do is very, very different."

Irish Independent

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