Friday 19 January 2018

Willie O'Dea: RTE's costly promises won't cure its ills

The national broadcaster should not be funded from welfare, says Willie O'Dea, who revisits a proposal to save €60m

Last Tuesday, the Communications Minister spent two hours with the RTE Authority discussing the serious breaches of the Broadcasting Act made by the infamous Mission to Prey programme.

The Chair of the RTE Authority later described the encounter with the minister as "candid". I can only pay tribute to Mr Savage's skills as a communicator and diplomat.

You have to wonder how candid and robust the exchanges really were when all the minister came away with was a promise of yet another report on new policies and procedures, and further quarterly progress reports.

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