Sunday 23 April 2017

Eoghan Harris: Dick Hill: West Cork Protestant and titan of Irish television

In recent years I have tried to ration righteous indignation. But the death of Dick Hill over Christmas forces me to break out. Why did RTE, The Irish Times, and the Irish Examiner fail to mark the the passing of RTE's former director of television programmes, one of the true titans of Irish television ?

RTE News banished Dick Hill's death to the back of a bulletin, without a picture.

No official RTE representative turned up at his memorial service in Teampall na mBocht on Mizen Head. The Irish Times, tardily, carried an obituary but, shamefully, the Irish Examiner paid no proper tribute to the West Cork Protestant, who, in shows like Newsbeat, Halls Pictorial and 7 Days, freed RTE television from BBC-style stiffness and made it racy of the soil.

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