RTE’s Dobson plays it cool despite protestors on live news
Seasoned news anchor Bryan Dobson had to cut an interview short on Six One last night when “idiots” interrupted a live broadcast.
Dobson was talking to Ronan Lyons from the Daft.ie property website about rising house prices when a protester carrying a placard walked up behind the interviewee.
He then stayed in the background, over Mr Lyons’s left shoulder, waving the placard which read: “Burn the bonds, not the billions.”
When the man would not go away, Dobson commented: “We have some visitors there behind you but don’t let that distract you for a moment.”
Mr Lyons continued with the interview, but the protester moved around behind him with his placard, forcing a clearly irate Dobson to end the session.
“I’m going to stop that there because the idiots behind you are a bit of a distraction,” he said.
“We’ll try and get rid of those and come back to you.
Mr Lyons said he was not really aware of what was going on behind him.
“I was under orders to make sure I was looking into the camera,” he said.
Weirdly, Mr Lyons had tweeted a message a few minutes before saying he was doing a David Davin-Power-style interview outside Government Buildings.
Davin-Power, RTE’s political correspondent, tweeted back saying he would come and hold a placard behind him.
RTE did not comment on the issue when contacted.