Monday 12 November 2018

RTE presenter Mike Murphy lashes station over ‘excruciating boring Prime Time’ show

Mike Murphy has criticised the scheduling of his show 'Masterpiece: Ireland's Favourite Painting' which he said was 'past most people's bedtime'.
Mike Murphy has criticised the scheduling of his show 'Masterpiece: Ireland's Favourite Painting' which he said was 'past most people's bedtime'.

VETERAN presenter Mike Murphy has lambasted a recent RTE broadcast as "the most excruciating boring Prime Time on record".

He is severely critical of the scheduling of his show ‘Masterpiece: Ireland’s Favourite Painting’ which he said was “past most people’s bedtime”.



Writing in today’s Irish Times’ Letters to the Editor, Mr Murphy (70) says the idea was a golden opportunity to produce ten half-hour programmes on Irish paintings to encourage nationwide engagement with the visual arts.



“The transmission time, 10.15pm at night, was also an issue for me. Here we have the Cromwellian edict of arts programming being banished into the Connacht of broadcasting ie at, or past most people’s bedtime.



“Look at ‘The Works’. I never have, not because it’s not a fine programme (I believe it is just that), but because it’s on too late.



“On the night Masterpiece was transmitted it was preceded at peak time (9.30) by the most excruciating boring Prime Time on record – two semi-coherent wannabe front-benchers shouting at each other about water charges, and a thrilling dead handed exposition on internet copyright piracy. There, I thought is where the Cromwellian edict should be enforced.”



Mr Murphy said that he had conveyed his views forcibly to RTE and asked: “Who in Donnybrook schedules these things?”



He said some “wonderfully articulate” pieces with guests including Ardal O’Hanlon, Ken Doherty and Sister Stan on their passion for paintings had been scheduled to go out on the late night show ‘The Works’ instead of at an earlier time.



“Would it have been too much of an imaginative leap to broadcast these three-minute pieces during, say ‘Nationwide’, where there’s at least some chance of them being seen by those we are actually trying to reach?” he asked.



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