Sunday 17 December 2017

Jane Suiter: How RTE must live up to its remit if it's to take on global competition

RTE presenters Sean O'Rourke and Miriam O'Callaghan
RTE presenters Sean O'Rourke and Miriam O'Callaghan

Jane Suiter

RTÉ's five-year strategy essentially sets out the broadcaster's stall for continued public funding. After the fiascos of Tweetgate, 'Mission to Prey' and top stars' salaries, RTE is now fighting back, arguing for the benefits of public sector (not state, it stresses) broadcasting.

Interestingly, the new plan was published on the day that RTE, TV3, BBC and a myriad of news executives and journalists from around the world gathered in DCU on the theme of 'Can We Trust Our News?'.

Listening to the contributions from Fox News, the BBC and Al- Jazeera, among many others, it is quite clear that the challenge facing RTE is a global one. The advent of social media and the sheer scale of communications in the 21st Century presents a host of problems as well as opportunities to modern broadcasters.

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