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Pantigate: RTE boss says going to court would have been ‘reckless’

Published 05/02/2014 | 13:53

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Glen Killane, MD of Television at RTE pictured at The Montrose Studios yesterday.
Glen Killane, MD of Television at RTE pictured at The Montrose Studios yesterday.

The RTE executive who took the decision to pay a settlement over homophobia comments has insisted it would have been “reckless” to go to court.

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RTE Television managing director Glen Killane has confirmed there was an €85,000 payout over the comments on the ‘Saturday Night Show’.

The affair has now become known as ‘Pantigate’.

Mr Killane says RTE explored every avenue in terms of rights of reply and other clarifications with the individuals taking the legal actions.

“We were very, very unlikely to win a case should it go to the courts,” he said.

Mr Killane said his legal advice was the payout would have been a “multiple of what we settled” if the case had gone to court.

“It was my view it would have been reckless to pursue this matter through the courts,” he said.

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