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RTE reins in staff who are far too sweet on tweets

Ken Sweeney

Published 07/12/2012|05:00

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TWEETS from RTE stars will be getting more serious after staff were asked to sign off on new guidelines regarding their use of social media.

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Insiders at the station claim that staff have been advised not to tweet while in RTE unless it directly relates to the contents of the programmes they are working on.

"Some big names have been over-tweety and that needed to be nipped in the bud," said an RTE source.

Earlier this year the station announced a shake-up of its standards and guidelines for staff.

But RTE has confirmed to the Irish Independent that the publication last month of the report on the 'Frontline' presidential debate has prompted an updating of those guidelines – with new training sessions on social media to be headed by news boss Kevin Bakhurst planned for staff in the New Year.

With more than 50,000 followers, presenter Miriam O'Callaghan's tweets have become more related to 'Prime Time'.

Meanwhile RTE is investigating an incident in which a freelance producer labelled Irish Independent columnist David Quinn "a poisonous c**t" on Twitter. He later apologised to Quinn who described the tweet as "shocking".

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