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Sunday 20 April 2014

Eddie Hobbs quits RTE 'Consumer Show' show after concerns of being 'stifled'

FINANCIAL guru Eddie Hobbs has quit RTE's 'The Consumer Show' – a month after he raised concerns that the broadcaster would prevent him from expressing his opinions.

But despite stepping down as a presenter, RTE said it still hopes the outspoken economist will continue to be involved as an expert contributor.

The national broadcaster said Mr Hobbs had always found his position as an objective reporter "a difficult one".

Mr Hobbs announced his decision to leave the show via Twitter in a terse posting: "Resigned from RTE Consumer Show."

He has made no secret of his doubts about returning next year and recently said RTE's updated journalistic guidelines might stifle his ability to speak his mind.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: "Apparently things are changing and the journalistic guidelines in RTE are being rigidly adhered to.

"So when you're a presenter now on RTE you can't have an opinion and we're trying to work our way through that at the moment.

"The audience expects me to give opinions and if that opinion is compromised then I'm being dishonest," he added.

The Cork-born financial expert could not be reached for comment last night.

However, in a statement released by RTE, the broadcaster said Mr Hobbs has had to make compromises to be part of the show and was therefore stepping down.

RTE's guidelines were updated following the fallout from the 'Prime Time Investigates' episode in which Fr Kevin Reynolds was libelled.

Irish Independent

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