Sunday 21 January 2018

Heads must roll, but RTE shouldn't be emasculated

Alison O'Connor

IF you want to get on the anti-RTE bandwagon, you'd better be quick because seats are filling fast. There is a creeping danger that the national broadcaster could be damaged far beyond what is necessary regarding the Fr Reynolds libel case.

The station's management could give lessons in how to make a bad situation disastrous. But we need not allow the situation run away with itself on the basis that there are so many people out there delighted to see a media organisation in trouble and particularly RTE, as the major broadcaster in the State.

It's a puzzle of epic proportions as to how RTE management, and in particular its director general Noel Curran, allowed this situation to slide so far -- that's just what has happened since the case was decided less than 10 days ago.

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