Thursday 26 April 2018

Broadcaster Baz Ashmawy counts the human cost of our modern struggle with gambling

Baz Ashmawy talks to Declan Lynch about his new TV documentary and why he was drawn to exploring the attraction of gambling

EXPOSE: Baz Ashmawy, ‘seeing so many people gambling on their phones, young people in particular, he knew something big was going on here, he just wasn’t quite sure what it was’
EXPOSE: Baz Ashmawy, ‘seeing so many people gambling on their phones, young people in particular, he knew something big was going on here, he just wasn’t quite sure what it was’
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

In today's challenging media environment, it can work something like this: a few weeks ago, Baz Ashmawy came down with a camera crew to Fitzgerald's pub in Avoca, to interview me about this documentary on gambling that he was doing for RTE One television.

Now that his work on the documentary called All Bets Are Off is done, and it is ready to be broadcast on Monday, April 23, I am interviewing him about what he has encountered along the way, as he makes a few late changes to his voiceover in a Dublin studio.

I should add that I have no other part in the proceedings, except that of being a contributor on the subject of online gambling - though Tony O'Reilly, the main protagonist in our book Tony 10 also makes an appearance, when Baz goes with him to Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, to which he fled when it was discovered that he had stolen €1.75m from the branch of An Post that he managed in Gorey, Co Wexford.

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