THE RTÉ steering group of senior executives is to meet tomorrow to discuss coverage of the forthcoming referendum on children’s rights, which takes place on November 10th.
The normal approach in referendums is to give equal representation to both sides. However, the low profile of the No side has raised issues as to whether this approach is appropriate on this occasion.
Informed sources said the forthcoming referendum was “fairly unique” and that it was difficult to remember any other poll where there was “virtual unanimity” on one side of the question among elected representatives and lobby groups. The difficulty in allocating coverage arose because “the No side is just so small and so much on the margins of society”.
Meanwhile, on the margins of society…
Nora Bennis of the Alliance of Parents against the State, set up last month to oppose the amendment, said: “RTÉ should give equal time to both the Yes side and the No side.”
“How do they know the No side is so small? I believe the No side will win. I deal with people on the ground and I know what people are saying,” she added.
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