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
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.