Saturday 25 February 2017

TV3's Lenihan report attracts 86 complaints

Shane Hickey

A news report by TV3 which revealed the cancer diagnosis of finance minister Brian Lenihan has attracted 86 complaints from the public.

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) said the number of complaints was a "sizeable amount".

TV3 was criticised for the timing of the broadcast, which was aired over the Christmas. Others defended the right of the station to go ahead with the item.

Yesterday was the last day to lodge formal, written complaints. TV3 did not return calls yesterday.

According to the complaints process, the broadcaster will now be contacted for its response.

Mr Lenihan said he accepted his health was a matter of public interest but questioned the broadcast's timing.

Irish Independent

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