‘I probably don’t see us in Donnybrook for a start. The radio centre is way way too big and outdated and I don’t think anyone knows about the two floors of cables and wires under the centre and nobody knows what those wires do and are terrified to cut them!
I think what we will have to do is build a smaller centre somewhere near the M50, ideally I would like it in Dublin City and be part of the regeneration of the city. And for the handover we would shut down the old radio centre and do a countdown with Larry Gogan doing the handover!
Everything in TV and indeed radio is changing each year, we need new hi tec studios and a new smaller site has to be a logical way to go. What we have to also keep is the trust from the public too. When something big happens people will turn to RTE. We have to keep that trust and make sure that what we do is truthful and representative.
We don’t have hidden agendas, for example at the minute the government and water charge protesters think we are biased, we can’t win! We have a contract and a vested interest to the the people of Ireland to keep that trust.”
Joe Duffy talking to Mike O’Brien of Dublin City Photos