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Thursday 18 September 2014

US snub for RTE political combo

Published 27/04/2008 | 00:00

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THERE is uproar out in the Montrose newsroom, with noses being put out of joint over the station's planned coverage of Bertie's trip to the US of A.

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Only two months after getting slammed for sending half the newsroom over to cover Super Tuesday, but not the live results, bosses have snubbed the political team of David Davin-Power and David McCullough in favour of Dobbo and Charlie 'Big' Bird.

This has not gone down well, and it seems news chiefs are doing their best to spend the €1m saved from culling the medium-wave service. Ahern, while in the States, is also to get an honorary degree from Georgetown University for his work with Co-operation Ireland, along with Tony Blair.

But there is also heat coming from the Far East for RTE bosses. The planned opening of a bureau in China ruffled feathers among the ever-expanding number of RTE news hacks. Just recently, Ed Mulhall returned from a four-day trip to the Orient only to see foreign editor Margaret Ward had been posted there for a year without the gig being offered to anyone else.

Daniel McConnell

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