Tuesday 21 November 2017

Director general, please fix our lop-sided and opinionated RTE

Bruce Arnold

NOEL Curran has been appointed Director General of RTE to succeed Cathal Goan. He takes up his position in February of next year. It is customary on such occasions to offer encouragement in a difficult job or to make some other positive remarks about how he will manage his new role.

I will content myself with one key suggestion: that he reconsiders, in fundamental terms, his recent past experience as editor of current affairs in the news division and as a member of the senior management team of news and current affairs with responsibility for editorial output and management of resources.

In my judgment there are, and have been for some time, grievous and multiplying faults in these areas. I would go further in saying that I do not believe RTE offers public service broadcasting in any effective or comprehensive way at all. It delivers a broadcast message that is self-opinionated, lop-sided to an embarrassing degree, under-researched and therefore unreliable.

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