RTÉ facing an uphill battle to keep quality service
The broadcasting industry - for all the billions pumped into it over its brief life - has never really fulfilled its initial promise. Despite all the investment, radio and television are essentially wasteful business models that provide us with mediocre pastimes.
As we slide ever further down the slippery slope of good taste, it is no wonder that intelligent people now find it hard work to take seriously some of the offerings on our screens. Especially those "reality" shows which loiter at the very edge of reasonable behaviour.
There is nothing remotely trivial about the politics of broadcasting, however. The saviour for many broadcasters nowadays is the news and current affairs content. Once considered the more pedestrian sister to the glitz and glamour of drama, sports and the arts, news can provide a lifeline conferring credibility and respect.