Wednesday 17 January 2018

Kevin Myers: Flaws at RTE show licence fee we pay just isn't worth it

THE ruins of 2012 lie all around us like the suburbs of a Syrian city, and in the rubble may be seen the remains of the grisly fiction that is public-service broadcasting – not just in Ireland, but in these islands.

RTE Sports celebrated the end of the year quite splendidly, switching to an advertisement for L'Oreal (because you're worth it) just as Katie Taylor was about to accept her award for Sportsperson of the Year (because she apparently wasn't).

The national broadcaster, which is sustained by a mandatory poll tax on all owners of television sets, also managed to prematurely bump off the Catholic Archdeacon of Cork, Michael O'Brien, in its list of sports personalities who, during 2012, had heard life's final whistle.

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