Following a lengthy campaign by William Campbell, host of the podcast Here’s How…
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has adjudicated on whether RTÉ is giving political lobbyist AA Roadwatch favourable treatment and status across its radio stations.
The BAI writes:
The Committee acknowledged that political lobbying is one of the functions carried out by the AA, however, there was no evidence in the broadcasts to support the view that the broadcasts are skewing public debate, or that the broadcasts are unfair to rival businesses or campaigners in a manner which infringes any Codes or Rules.
The Committee further noted that while the complainant stated that AA Roadwatch has the potential for bias, the Committee did not find any evidence in the broadcasts to support this view.
The Committee did not consider that the arrangements with AA Roadwatch for the production of this segment influenced content or scheduling in a manner which affected the responsibility or editorial independence of the broadcaster, as argued by the complainant.
The Committee did not consider that the broadcasts infringed the Codes in the manner described by the complainant. As such, the complaint was rejected.
Previously: AA Breakdown