The first instalment of the new four-part documentary series Trauma will begin at 9.30pm.
Tonight’s episode will include a focus on shop owner Milan Hosek who was treated in the Mater Hospital’s emergency department after his ear was bitten off when he was subjected to a racist attack on a street in Dublin.
Father-of-three Milan goes to A&E carrying the severed part of his ear in the hope that surgeons can reattach it.
He tells viewers that he was attacked by two men who started abusing him saying things like: “f**king foreigners in our country”.
“I felt really bad when the guy started spitting at me and telling me I’m a foreigner in his country”, he tells viewers. One man then urged his companion to “bite” Milan’s ear off and they attacked him.
Both men ran off after the incident. During the attack, they also told Milan they knew where he lived prompting him to ask the Gardaí to watch his family home.
Dr Sinead McArdle, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the Mater tells viewers that: “to remove a part of someone’s body and the force required to take the whole pin of an ear would be unusual”.
In this clip, Milan and his wife Joanna, who hail from the Czech Republic and have lived here since 2003 having opened a city centre bicycle shop, talk about the racism that they have experienced, with both of them attacked within a 20-day period.
Mark Tighe, in yesterday’s Sunday Times, reported:
Almost three-quarters of those who earn salaries of more than €100,000 a year in RTE are men, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Times. By contrast, well over half of RTE staff paid less than €40,000 are women.
…This has now been confirmed in figures supplied after a freedom of information request to the station.
They cover basic salary of staff members, and not contractors, overtime or allowances.
The figures show that, while women made up 48.3% of RTE’s 1,984 staff at the end of 2016, they accounted for just 29.6% of the 125 workers whose basic annual salary was more than €100,000.
Further to the Garda Representative Association releasing a statement last night, saying rank and file gardai wouldn’t be scapegoated for the 1.4million fake breath test figures from An Garda Siochana.
A five-minute clip from an interview RTÉ’s Paul Reynolds carried out with John O’Keeffe, from the Garda Representative Association (GRA).
The official photocall for the Autumn/Winter season on RTÉ One and Two.
Pic three from left: Dr Eva Osmond, Brendan O’Connor, Vogue Williams, Ray D’Arcy, Mairead Ronan, Baz Ashmawy, Ryan Tubridy, Nicky Byrne, Dermot Bannon, Amy Huberman, Mateo Sania, Franc Peter Kelly, Evanne Ni Chuilinn (also in pic five with Des Cahill) and Alison Spittle.
Currently the situation at RTÉ is causing widespread disquiet.
The NUJ and many women are angry that male presenters are paid considerably more than their female counterparts, the head of the company is concerned that it is losing money while the general public is worried about a possible increase in the price of the TV licence.
I have a suggestion that could solve all these problems at once: reduce the salaries of the men until they match those of the women.
RTÉ bosses have been accused of gagging staff who want to talk publicly about the gender pay gap controversy.
During a meeting of RTÉ National Union of Journalists (NUJ) members on Thursday it was claimed that management had refused to give permission to some of its stars to engage with the media about the ongoing debate over pay.
One presenter told the meeting she had been approached by a number of newspapers and asked to comment on the issue but when she asked for authorisation from RTE it was denied.
Accountant and insolvency expert Vanessa Foran (her off the telly!) kindly agreed to have ‘look see’ through RTÉ’s recently published Annual Report for 2016.
What she saw will make you TORCH your remote.
If anyone was watching Broadsheet on the Telly last Thursday night you might remember I had a look at the RTE Annual Report for Broadsheet, but unfortunately we didn’t get to it on the broadcast.
I would like to fill you in on two particular areas that got my attention: The distribution of the Licence Fee income and payments to the directors.
First, a look at allocation of the licence fee.
In 2016, Licence Fee Income was reported as €179.1 million.
Of that 57.4% [€102,803,400] was allocated to television (RTÉ 1 & 2).
Of the €25.7 million allocated to private providers, 14% of total taxpayers’ finance, €22.6 million of it is paid to suppliers outside of our national broadcaster’s jurisdiction or, if you like, Tax Take area.
That’s €22.6 million = 12.6 % of the Irish taxpayers’ 2016 contribution to our national broadcaster.
Money that could go to up and coming screen writers, pilots, animation development, wildlife programming – all sorts of Irish stuff. It might even introduce some new faces to the RTÉ canteen, which I feel confident and competent enough to assume is something we would all like to see.
As a viewer myself, and a taxpayer, I would prefer to see more of this, the above, even if it is awful, than see RTÉ pay for and host repeats of shows I can already get on ITV or TLC, or YouTube.
For comparison, as that’s a requirement of any accountant’s report, the sum spent by our national broadcaster on acquiring programming from Irish suppliers was €3.1 million (1.7%)… €3.1m v €22.6m…1.7% v 12.6%.
[Note: If information that this money was spent on getting into the Rio Olympics and other events, becomes available, then I will reverse my opinion but, as I write this, I am of the opinion that sporting events and such are in the RTÉ Sports and Current Affairs allocations].
Meanwhile, the report’s Governance Section contains the directors’ emoluments….
RTÉ Authority chair Moya Doherty is paid twice what her fellow directors get paid.
Is Ms Doherty worth 100% more than anyone else? Argue that among yourselves but I would have to state, without any apology, that €3,100 plus mileage etc, per meeting, is outrageous.
And while it pales the other sum of €1,600 per head, €1,600 is still outrageous. It is an abuse of taxpayers’ money in my very humble opinion
And it’s all multiplied by 10.
The sum of €41,000 is also recorded for mileage and subsistence (up ten grand from previous) for directors. This is €41,000 of expenses.
Interestingly, there is good attendance at meetings, but with this kind of stipend per meeting why wouldn’t there be?
Charities and your local credit unions are forbidden from paying their directors any fees so why should RTÉ?
Why, in receipt of €179,100,000 from taxpayers, should RTÉ be allowed pay a multi-millionaire €3,100 to attend a meeting? And, repeat it, month after month for 10 meetings a year?
A hospital would never get away with that.
Also, Aengus MacGrianna is the staff representative on the board, and gets this €1,600 (aka a €16k annual top-up.) Why is this coming from RTÉ? Why isn’t his union paying it?
Perhaps the Broadsheet commentariat could decide the answer to this and my other questions between yourselves. But do let me know the outcome.