Thursday 27 April 2017

Government set to revert to habit on RTE and BAI

As the Government breaks its promise on appointing State boards, Colum Kenny sees a better way for RTE and the BAI

Heartbeat of Home Online Talent Search Winners...24/05/13 John McColgon and Moya Doherty pictured at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this morning..For three weeks in April dancers from all over the world uploaded auditions to the Heartbeat of Home online Talent Search site. Receiving 2.2 million hits, from 169 countries worldwide, the public voted online to chose their top ten. Ten others were chosen by the Heartbeat of Home Judges. These 20 dancers are now in Dublin to audition for a place in the new music and dance spectacular, Heartbeat of Home, the World premiere of which will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Wednesday 2nd October and will run for 21 performances. The show is produced by Moya Doherty, devised and directed by John McColgan.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Heartbeat of Home Online Talent Search Winners...24/05/13 John McColgon and Moya Doherty pictured at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre this morning..For three weeks in April dancers from all over the world uploaded auditions to the Heartbeat of Home online Talent Search site. Receiving 2.2 million hits, from 169 countries worldwide, the public voted online to chose their top ten. Ten others were chosen by the Heartbeat of Home Judges. These 20 dancers are now in Dublin to audition for a place in the new music and dance spectacular, Heartbeat of Home, the World premiere of which will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Wednesday 2nd October and will run for 21 performances. The show is produced by Moya Doherty, devised and directed by John McColgan.. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

The Government is breaking a promise. It recently announced that appointments to State boards must in future be openly advertised and filled in a transparent manner.

But Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD, is set to fill both the RTE board and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) with a majority of members chosen in the old-fashioned way. Picked directly by himself and his Government.

There is a better option. The past summer saw more than 120 people apply for a minority of seats on the RTE board and the BAI that were advertised publicly. The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications picked four for each body, under a limited system of transparency initiated by the Fianna Fail/Green Party government five years ago.

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