Wednesday 21 March 2018

IFTA ratings go down tubes as criticism of show rages on

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

RATINGS for the much-criticised Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) awards plummeted by 200,000 when compared with last year.

RTE is dealing with dozens of complaints after the television ceremony, which was plagued with technical problems.

The broadcaster received 21 telephone calls and 50 emails complaining about the shoddy production values, clunky cutaways and over-written script.

Last year, IFTA received their highest-ever figures for the ceremony; an average of 591,800 people tuned in, with figures peaking at the 1.25 million mark.

But this year's ceremony attracted an average of just 382,300. The show ran over by 25 minutes and has received a barrage of criticism.

Among the reasons blamed by IFTA for the poor sound quality were the acoustics in the main ballroom of the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

But a spokesperson for the hotel contested the claims yesterday.

"Numerous televised events have been broadcast from the main ballroom at the hotel," the spokesperson told the Irish Independent.

Irish Independent

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