Sunday 17 December 2017

Coming clean on 'Frontline' a start

Kevin Bakhurst, RTE's recently appointed managing director of news and current affairs, reacted with some style yesterday to the complaints about the much-criticised 'Frontline' presidential election programme in October 2011.

He repeated the broadcaster's apology for the programme's defects, and extended it not only to Sean Gallagher, considered the front-running candidate at the time and the victim of the notorious "bogus tweet", and all the other candidates. He announced that sanctions had been imposed on some RTE employees, but without giving details or mentioning their names.

Mr Bakhurst thus did not only the handsome and sensible thing but the right thing. More executives of public organisations might do well to follow his lead. Confession beats cover-up every time.

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