If RTE wants a pat on back, it should watch the competition

Our national broadcaster fobs off viewers with mediocrity, as if it hasn’t realised we have so much more choice today, writes Eilis O’Hanlon


Brendan O’Carroll. Photo: PA
Brendan O’Carroll. Photo: PA

RTE launched a first-rate autumn season last week. How do we know that? Because RTE said so.

There it was in black and white on the national broadcaster’s news website: “RTE launches first-rate new autumn season.” So much for fair and impartial reporting. It looked more like advertising.

In the hours after the announcement, the network kept up a steady stream of similar puff pieces. And to be fair, no blame should be attached to the boys and girls in the newsroom for making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Everyone has to pay the rent.

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