Monday 20 November 2017

Eddie Hobbs fears RTE won't allow him express opinions on show

The Cork-born financial expert Eddie Hobbs
The Cork-born financial expert Eddie Hobbs
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

ECONOMIST Eddie Hobbs has voiced his concerns about the future of 'The Consumer Show', as a result of RTE's updated journalistic guidelines.

The Cork-born financial expert told the Irish Independent that he was in talks for a fourth season of the show, but was worried about how to express his opinion on-air, due to "hardening of policy" at the national broadcaster.

"It hasn't been re-commissioned by RTE (yet). It would be a fourth season, but apparently things are changing and the journalistic guidelines in RTE are being rigidly adhered to.

"So when you're a presenter now on RTE you can't have an opinion and we're trying to work our way through that at the moment," he said.

Speaking at a celebrity golf classic to support the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association at Carton House, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Mr Hobbs added: "I'm a professional adviser for a living.

"The audience expects me to give opinions and if that opinion is compromised then I'm being dishonest with the audience."

An RTE spokesperson has insisted 'The Consumer Show' will return, also confirming that the guidelines were "strengthened" following the fallout from the 'Prime Time Investigates' episode 'A Mission to Prey'.

Irish Independent

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