Thursday 5 December 2019

RTE axes repeat showing of the IFTA awards

Laura Whitmore
Laura Whitmore

RTE axed its plan to repeat the IFTAs awards ceremony after it was widely criticised.

The broadcaster pulled the plug on the planned second screening for last Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson confirmed that the show won’t be shown again on RTE.

Ratings for the awards plummeted by 200,000 compared to last year’s show. It received an audience of just 382,000.

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

But the broadcaster insisted that the decision was made to cut the repeat show because “it overran by 15 minutes” and it was hard to fit into the Sunday noon schedule.

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.

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.

Some guests themselves took to Twitter to complain about the delay waiting for their meal. Publisher and presenter Norah Casey pointed out the lack of food for guests, saying: “OK if they don't feed people soon, I fear for Jamie Dornan. Lots of hungry gals here.”

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