Friday 19 January 2018

Jody Corcoran: Ramifications from this flawed debate have yet to manifest in full

Damaging episode in Irish broadcasting is set to run and run before a satisfactory outcome is achieved

The positions of the RTE director general, Noel Curran, and the chairman of the RTE Authority, Tom Savage, and others at RTE, are untenable, notwithstanding the extraordinary intervention last week of Pat Rabbitte, the Minister for Communications.

Indeed, the manner in which Rabbitte has effectively undermined the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), the regulatory body for broadcasting in Ireland, has also raised serious questions as to the position of the minister himself.

If anything, his rush to defend RTE in the face of available evidence only further undermines the credibility of the station after the manner in which The Frontline Presidential Debate facilitated the election of his former Labour colleague, Michael D Higgins, as President of Ireland.

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