Plan to ban broadcasters from airing their opinions is ditched
A CONTROVERSIAL proposal that would have stopped broadcasters airing their opinions is set to be scrapped.
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's draft code on fairness, objectivity and impartiality had included a provision that presenters and reporters on current affairs programmes should not express their own views on controversial issues. It was interpreted by many in the industry as an attempt to muzzle opinionated broadcasters.
However, the BAI says it has now modified its draft proposals to address concerns. The organisation has also rolled back on a proposal to make broadcasters maintain a public register listing the professional, business or financial interests of reporters and presenters.