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US snub for RTE political combo

THERE is uproar out in the Montrose newsroom, with noses being put out of joint over the station's planned coverage of Bertie's trip to the US of A.

Only two months after getting slammed for sending half the newsroom over to cover Super Tuesday, but not the live results, bosses have snubbed the political team of David Davin-Power and David McCullough in favour of Dobbo and Charlie 'Big' Bird.

This has not gone down well, and it seems news chiefs are doing their best to spend the €1m saved from culling the medium-wave service. Ahern, while in the States, is also to get an honorary degree from Georgetown University for his work with Co-operation Ireland, along with Tony Blair.

But there is also heat coming from the Far East for RTE bosses. The planned opening of a bureau in China ruffled feathers among the ever-expanding number of RTE news hacks. Just recently, Ed Mulhall returned from a four-day trip to the Orient only to see foreign editor Margaret Ward had been posted there for a year without the gig being offered to anyone else.

Daniel McConnell

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