Tuesday 20 February 2018

Morgan's ghost still haunts Montrose

O'Carroll's dire stint as host is a legacy of past treatment.

Brendan O'Carroll
Brendan O'Carroll
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

There's a distinct difference between public service broadcasting and self-serving broadcasting. The line was crossed last weekend with RTE's invitation to Brendan O'Carroll to present the Marian Finucane slot on Radio 1.

Saturday's show was a calculated risk and it came off as a novelty. After a nervous start, the comedian settled into the show and was at ease talking football with guests like Paul McGrath. A bit of easy and good-humoured banter and a bit of forgiveable mutual appreciation. His discussion about businesses in financial difficulties was also well-intentioned.

Sunday was a disaster zone. Dedicating the entire first 20 minutes to himself, O'Carroll was intent on giving his own views, rather than facilitating debate.

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