Friday 24 November 2017

'Frontline' should be axed

Madam -- In light of recent controversies in RTE relating to Prime Time Investigates and The Frontline, it seems appropriate that RTE should review its current affairs programming.

Questions and Answers provided an invaluable service each week to viewers. It was axed as John Bowman wished to research his history of RTE and Pat Kenny wished to move on from The Late Late Show. The Frontline replaced Questions and Answers, leaving RTE without a flagship, interactive, panel-based, question-answer format programme. It is most unusual for a national broadcaster not to broadcast a programme of this manner.

Pat Kenny's vanity project, The Frontline, has lost much credibility in its short run. Indeed, when contrasted with BBC's Question Time, where a range of issues are discussed and audience members pose questions to an authoritative panel, it is clear that The Frontline lacks this.

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