Tuesday 23 October 2018

RTE fluffs its cue and misses start of Lenihan speech

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

IT was the most-anticipated budget in recent memory -- but viewers on RTE missed the start of Brian Lenihan's speech yesterday afternoon.

Despite devoting two hours and 35 minutes to the Budget on RTE One yesterday, and a further two hours and 25 minutes on RTE Two, the national broadcaster succeeded in fluffing its lines at the start.

Instead of Mr Lenihan's introduction, during which he told the house that the country finds itself "in one of the most difficult and uncertain times in living memory", viewers were still sifting through analysis from RTE's economics editor George Lee.

And when we did join the Dail, the finance minister was in full flow, spelling out the gains, as he saw them, that Ireland has experienced over the past 15 years.

Thankfully, RTE decided to stay with the minister for the remainder of the 40 minutes that he was on his feet.

RTE carried Mr Lenihan's speech in full on radio and on its website.

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