Thursday 14 December 2017

Watch: 'The Late Late Toy Show could be next' - Bosco slams RTÉ for axing children's TV programming

Bosco
Bosco

Catherine Devine and Wayne O'Connor

Bosco has slammed RTÉ for "not thinking about the children" as they announced they will be outsourcing young people's TV programming.

"I was very sad when I heard that RTÉ were axing children’s TV programmes because I think it’s a really bad decision and a really bad thing to do," Bosco told Independent.ie.

Bosco said there is fear for the future of shows such as the Late Late Toy Show.

"One morning I woke up and it said on the news ‘no more children’s Irish television’ and then I couldn’t go to sleep because I think what If I wake up tomorrow  and the toy late late will be gone because someone decided they didn’t want children to see that either.

"I just think RTÉ aren’t thinking straight. I think they’re not thinking about the children and what they want. They want Irish television."

Managers at the State broadcaster are currently in discussions with trade union officials as workers demand a reversal of the decision to halt children's programming.

Staff contracts have been extended to January 31 after management conceded a lack of consultation on the issue was in breach of guiding principles agreed with unions.

Bosco said RTÉ should ask people what they want and listen to the children.

"Everybody is very sad about the big mess. I don’t think anyone in RTÉ really cares about children or what they want. Nobody asked them.

"I tweeted Enda Kenny and asked if he would talk sense into them but he never even tweeted me back."

The Sunday Independent has revealed today that workers at the state broadcaster considered protesting The Late Late Toy Show.

In a memo, seen by the newspaper, union members said a very strong response was required.

The Late Late Toy Show
The Late Late Toy Show

"It is envisaged that withdrawal from the requirements of these agreements and protests targeting The Late Late Toy Show will be on the cards if the decision to outsource YPP is not reversed," said the memo.

A large cohort met with union officials in Studio Four in Donnybrook, Dublin, on Friday. Siptu's campaigns and equality organiser Karan O'Loughlin criticised the timing of RTE's intention to cut children's services yesterday.

She said: "It is fair to say there was no specific threat made by either party but the Toy Show is a core part of what RTE does for children.

"I think there is an understanding on their side that the announcement to cease production of children's programming a week before a key plank of their children's programming does not sit well."

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