Wednesday 17 July 2019

Complaints over Casey interview dismissed

Peter Casey. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Peter Casey. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Three complaints concerning Ryan Tubridy's interview with Peter Casey on RTÉ's 'Late Late Show' have been dismissed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

The complainants called presenter Mr Tubridy into question for being biased and unfair to unsuccessful presidential candidate Mr Casey on November 2 last year.

The interview became particularly heated when the presenter opened up the floor to members of the Traveller community, who challenged Mr Casey on views expressed during the election campaign.

Two of the complaints focused on Mr Tubridy's response to Mr Casey when he asked if the presenter "had lost control" in the show.

The presenter replied: "I have absolutely not, Peter, and I'll tell you something, if I do, you'll know all about it."

The complainant believed the presenter's response was unacceptable and undermined the fairness of the interview.

The second complainant believed Mr Tubridy displayed bias towards the interviewee.

The third complainant also believed Mr Tubridy's behaviour during the interview "bordered on abusive".

They were all dismissed by the compliance committee of the BAI.

The broadcaster defended the interview, saying Mr Casey had been "fully briefed on the format of the programme" and that Mr Tubridy had acted as "devil's advocate" during the segment.

Irish Independent

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