OT dieter sues RTE over studio fall

Tim Healy

A PARTICIPANT in RTE's Operation Transformation dieting programme fell in a studio on her way to a televised weigh-in, the High Court heard.

Georgina Brosnan (43), a married mother-of-five from Rathass, Tralee, Co Kerry, suffered injuries which caused her to give up her business. Ms Brosnan is suing RTE and the Belfast-based company Green Inc Film and Television Ltd, producers of the Afternoon Show which she was on her way into when the accident occurred on February 27, 2009.

She is claiming damages for her injuries, including depression and anxiety, as well as loss of earnings, as a result of the defendants' negligence in failing to maintain a ramp covering electrical cables which she tripped over in the Montrose studio.

The case is before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns for assessment of damages only and resumes today.

The court heard she and other Operation Transformation participants were guests due to take part in an Afternoon Show weigh-in and they were walking in when her foot got caught on the open lip of the ramp.

Ms Brosnan, who said she lost 25lbs during the weight-loss programme, fractured her left elbow as well as injuring her lower back.