Tuesday 24 October 2017

Television news failing in its duty to question official lines

Put money from the inflated salaries of presenters into the State broadcaster's newsroom, writes Eamon Delaney

It's still summer time, technically, and it's not just the politicians who remain on their extended break.

Charlie Bird continues to hold the fort for Marian Finucane, who is not only paid the guts of €500,000 for four hours' broadcasting a week -- and this from a public service broadcaster -- but also has up to two months' holiday, only to return in the autumn and grill politicians and hospital consultants about being overpaid? Nice work, if you can get away with it.

But what a pity that some of that money couldn't be spread around the newsroom and, more importantly, the analysis department. On Thursday, the usually comprehensive nine o'clock news was looking a bit thin as it went through the headlines. First up, we had the report of the crisis in Aer Arann, and the fact that it could go bust.

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