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Wednesday 21 March 2018

BAI holds up part of complaint against RTE's election report

Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy
Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has partially held up a complaint from two European election candidates who were unhappy with a report on opinion poll findings that was aired on RTE Nine News.

The BAI held up part of a complaint made by Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy and Dublin City councillor Brid Smith of People Before Profit that their exclusion from a report on the findings of a Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion poll on the programme, which was broadcast on 3 May, was unfair.

Under the Broadcasting Act 2009 and the BAI Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality in News and Current Affairs, broadcasters are obliged to ensure fairness, objectivity and impartiality in the exposure given to candidates in an election.

Former MEP Patricia McKenna also complained to the BAI about the report.

Mr Murphy and Ms Smith have welcomed the ruling.

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