Friday 15 December 2017

RTE chief praises papers

Edel Kennedy

RTE'S head of news and current affairs has said that Irish newspapers are punching way above their weight.

Praising his competitors in the print media, Kevin Bakhurst, said integrity will shine through in an "increasingly complicated marketplace".

Speaking at a media conference at Dublin Institute of Technology, the former controller of the BBC news channel who joined RTE in the wake of the Fr Kevin Reynolds libel case, confirmed a new series of investigative programmes was being worked on.

"There are some investigations already in the pipeline and they'll be back on air," Mr Bakhurst said, adding that the station's staff may receive fresh training in social media and investigations.

Mr Bakhurst has ruled out launching a breakfast TV programme because the station cannot afford it.

"Breakfast television isn't cheap, there's no chance of us doing it now in the position we're in," he said during a question and answer session.

Irish Independent

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