Morgan's ghost still haunts Montrose
O'Carroll's dire stint as host is a legacy of past treatment.
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.