Thursday 23 November 2017

Politicians angle for better TV profiles

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TDS and Senators yesterday pleaded with television bosses for tips on how to get their faces on television more often.

They also asked if camera angles could be changed to offer a more "vibrant" view of the workings of the Dail and Seanad. At a meeting of the Joint Administration Committee, a number of politicians asked how they could get more exposure on TV and radio.

There was also a suggestion that ministers' question time be screened during the afternoon, after which viewers could telephone Joe Duffy on 'Liveline' if they wanted to.

The committee was addressed by RTE head of television news Cillian de Paor and Michael Conway, head of the Oireachtas broadcasting arm of the national broadcaster.


The late screening of 'Oireachtas Report' was a bone of contention, with Fine Gael TD David Stanton asking if it could be moved to a more viewer-friendly slot.

Green Party TD Mary White said the camera angles during the Leaders' Questions, which is televised live, were good but asked if more cameras could be used to show more TDs in the chamber. She said it would show the national parliament in a better light.

But Independent Senator Joe O'Toole said people were entitled to know if there were empty seats in the Dail and Seanad.

Fianna Fail TD John Browne asked if ministers' question time could be broadcast during the afternoon, after which people could ring Joe Duffy and complain if they wanted to.

Mr Conway said RTE's main consideration in deciding to broadcast an item was whether it was newsworthy.

Irish Independent

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