Andrew McGinley estimates an appearance on #LateLateShow is worth €100,000 in donations and support for the ADD charity, set up in memory of his dead children. That’s some power that RTE has in its selection of guests, most of whom are selling tat. Andrew McGinley isn’t. https://t.co/TEzSsCmqIR
— nwl (@nwl88444048) November 25, 2021
Via RTÉ News:
Grieving father Andrew McGinley has called on representatives from RTÉ to meet with him and explain the reasoning behind a decision to drop him from The Late Late Show.
The father of three was due to appear on the primetime TV show on October 8 to announce plans for a fundraising concert in his children’s memory.
…It is understood the broadcaster decided not to proceed with the interview on the basis that representation from some members of Deirdre Morley’s family fell under its obligation to adhere to the “protection from harm” principle of the BAI code of programme standards.
Ms Morley killed the couple’s three children at their Dublin home in January 2020.
Principle three of the code recognises that there are “some viewers and listeners who, by virtue of their age, particular circumstances or vulnerability, may be in need of special consideration”.
Mr McGinley said that he could not see how his planned interview and discussion about charitable work could be perceived as causing harm to anyone. “I don’t see how a charity launch is harmful to anybody. I don’t see how a colouring competition is harmful to anybody.”
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