Sunday 19 November 2017

'Marian does not decide stories to cover on show'

Dan Healy, head of RTE 2fm. Picture: Damien Eagers
Dan Healy, head of RTE 2fm. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Marian Finucane and her producers do not decide the news stories which are discussed in the paper review on her radio programme, RTÉ said in response to controversy about the gender pay gap being left untouched.

RTÉ insisted there was "nothing untoward" about the failure to discuss the story during last Sunday's show.

One of the lead stories on the 'Sunday Independent' front page focused on the pay gap. Some listeners criticised that it was not touched upon during the show.

An RTÉ spokesperson said: "As is normal practise, the panel of contributors decide which stories they will discuss on the programme. Not the producer or the presenter.

"It is a panel-led discussion - last Sunday was no different. There was nothing untoward and it was not an editorial decision."

It stands in contrast to the BBC show 'Woman's Hour' which discussed the issue at length when it arose at the station last week.

Meanwhile, radio bosses Dan Healy and Tom McGuire rebuffed claims talent is overpaid, saying rates are "decent and fair".

Mr Healy insisted RTÉ was a tightly run operation, despite the fact the broadcaster had a deficit of €19.7m last year.

"We are not all out here drinking lattes and getting taxis - we are a tightly run machine. The content we offer people is of huge value."

Irish Independent

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