Sunday 4 December 2016

RTE should get over the liberal agenda – it's why conservatives like me get less airtime

Published 16/05/2014 | 02:30

Betty Purcell says in her memoir that she was recruited to RTE straight out of UCD, where she was involved in left-wing politics
Betty Purcell says in her memoir that she was recruited to RTE straight out of UCD, where she was involved in left-wing politics

RTE is one of the most powerful institutions in the land. It is our national public broadcaster. Like An Garda Siochana, like the banks, like our political rulers, we place a certain amount of trust in it to do the right thing.

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In the case of RTE the right thing is to be fair and impartial, to make good programmes, to not be captured by one point of view, to ensure that a broad range of opinion exists among its staff.

Lately I've been reading Betty Purcell's 'Inside RTE'. Betty Purcell was a powerful figure in the station for many years. She probably reached the peak of her influence when she edited 'Questions and Answers'.

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