Alison O’Connor: Wider debate is vital on dumbing down of media
THERE are two things that RTE's senior management must have ready to announce in advance of the conclusion of the investigation into the Fr Reynolds libel -- the rebranding of 'Prime Time' and the axing of 'The Frontline'.
Twittergate apart, 'The Frontline' has stood out like a sore thumb in the station's current affairs stable.
I have to admit I don't watch the programme each week, but when I do it seems an exercise in bear-baiting. It is surprising that politicians -- be they government or opposition -- keep turning up on it. On the corridors of Leinster House, the deputies (never shy about public appearances) have expressed a particular wariness about 'The Frontline' for some time.