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RTE has to restore our confidence

Instead of celebrations, RTE's 50th birthday year is proving to be a crisis year for the organisation. The station is being hit on two fronts.

It has to address its severe financial difficulties, but also address the restoration of public confidence in the wake of issues like the Fr Kevin Reynolds defamation and the Tweetgate affair.

Some of its problems arise from the economic downturn which has hit everyone. But some are of RTE's own making.

The country needs a strong public service broadcaster.

To fill this role, however, RTE must firmly address the loss of public confidence and the financial realities.

The first hurdle is the publication within days of the independent report into the Fr Reynolds case and in the longer term, just like other businesses across the country, tough financial decisions will also have to be taken.