Saturday 3 December 2016

RTE is a step closer to killing off the Angelus once and for all

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Chalk artist Martin McCormack from Finglas featured in one of the versions of the Angelus
Chalk artist Martin McCormack from Finglas featured in one of the versions of the Angelus

If you conducted a poll of RTE staff it would be interesting to know how many would favour retention of the Angelus. According to the head of religious programmes at the station, Roger Childs, research has indicated that two-thirds of those who watch RTE want the Angelus retained. Would as many RTE producers, presenters, researchers and so on be of the same view? Highly doubtful.

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If you're a viewer of the Six One News on RTE 1 you'll be well familiar with the Angelus and how RTE presents it. On radio you merely hear the bells, but on TV you can see the accompanying imagery.

For years it consisted of an icon of the Virgin Mary and the Angel Gabriel announcing to her that she is to bear a child.

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