Saturday 17 February 2018

Eoghan Harris: Criticising RTE will only get you ignored

When RTE does distinctive shows, such as Sean O Mordha's farming films or Miriam O'Callaghan's outside broadcast on Obama's visit to Offaly, I praise them at length. Conversely, when it performs poorly, or is partisan, I criticise it robustly.

But RTE requires only praise. Criticism will only get you ignored, even when we identify issues as of public importance. How else to explain the coverage -- or rather non coverage -- of the Denis O'Brien and Katie Taylor stories? Twice in the past two weeks RTE has failed to cover Vincent Browne's cogent criticisms of Denis O'Brien's media holdings in his weekly column in the Irish Times -- although Browne's second article was the most- read piece in that paper.

RTE has no real footage of Katie Taylor's early career. Failure to create or conserve footage of historical importance is something I can speak about, because I can personally testify that RTE has a rotten record when it comes to wiping crucial tapes.

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