Thursday 19 October 2017

Licence fee payers have every right to be furious with this ludicrously soft-focus interview

Michaella McCollum's bun hairstyle attracted its own fan base
Michaella McCollum's bun hairstyle attracted its own fan base
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

If Dee Forbes, the newly announced director general of RTÉ, thought she had a big job on her hands, her new employer's decision to air a ridiculously soft-focus interview with convicted drug smuggler Michaella McCollum shows just how large a task awaits her.

Ms Forbes won't officially take the reins at the national broadcaster until later this year, but it's likely that one of her first jobs will be to clean up the mess created by 'Prison In Peru: Michaella's First Interview,' which aired on Sunday night to national bemusement and no small amount of fury.

It would be fair to say that McCollum has captivated the public attention since she was first arrested in a blaze of global publicity two and-a-half years ago.

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