Tag Archives: RTE

Gulp.

This afternoon.

Earlier…

This morning.

Hey, hey, it’s the monkeypox.

Your mask will not save you now.

All you need to know about monkeypox (RTE Brainstorm)

Meanwhile…

Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy (left) and architect Dermot Bannon, presenter of RTÉ’s Room to Improve in 2017

Get a room.

Via Frank Armstrong in Cassandra Voices (full article at link below):

In his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being Czech author Milan Kundera explains that kitsch is an aesthetic ideal ‘in which shit is denied and everyone acts as though it did not exist’. This he argues, ‘is the aesthetic ideal of all politicians and all political parties and movements.’ The Montrose cultural bubble has long served a crucial political purpose: denying shit while everyone acts as though it does not exist.

…Through no fault of his own, the feel good factor of Dermot Bannon’s show obscures the suffering associated with an enduring and arguably preventable housing crisis, and also, more broadly, provides an insight into how the Irish overreaction to Covid-19 occurred; which has done incalculable damage to the lives of children especially.

It seems that our best, and perhaps only, response in Ireland to these traumas is comedy, but this has clear pitfalls.

…..Room To Improve is devoted to the improvement of private dwellings in the possession of a shrinking middle class still transfixed by the ups and downs of the Irish property market. It is instructive that according to Daft at the start of May, 2022 there are just over one thousand properties available to rent in all of Ireland at a point when the Irish government has just committed to welcoming tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine. Is it any wonder so many people are disinclined to have children.

…In essence Room to Improve translates into: how can someone increase the market value of their property. The lurking presence of the celebrity quantity surveyor ensures that any project is seen in terms of adding financial value to the holding.

It is particularly tone deaf as we reach another high-water mark in an ongoing housing crisis. Missing on RTÉ is serious engagement with the corruption of a planning process, which lies behind enduring inequalities and sprawl, or the financial structures that embed generational inequalities, and permit a creeping dominance of transnational capitalism.

It is not that housing dysfunction is denied on RTÉ – that we are lied to as such – it is that the issues are almost completely ignored amidst the day-to-day mixture of light entertainment and vox pop nonsense that are their mainstays. Room to Improve is a form of kitsch because it denies the shitstorm going on in the society around it.

…It also appears that RTÉ’s longstanding tendency to bury shitness – which is also evident in legacy print media – led to the catastrophic handling of Covid-19 in Ireland…

…It will be many years before we come to terms with what happened during Covid-19 around the world, and confront the traumas, especially to children, of living through lockdowns. It is instructive that despite having the youngest population in the EU, Irish children were subjected to the longest school closures. Simply blaming teaching unions ignores how teachers were subjected to relentless fear messaging that made them reluctant to do their jobs, despite international data from early on showing that their concerns were generally misguided.

Yet for RTÉ ‘The deadly virus’ of COVID-19 seemed to arrive as a godsend – and an advertising windfall, or so-called Covid bounce. A slavish devotion allowed the channel to almost completely ignore all other difficult news for the best part of a year-and-a-half. The daily totals of cases and deaths, uncritically conveyed, became the staple of every radio and television news bulletin and headline on their website.

Then, almost overnight, the issue vanished from sight, without any kind of meaningful post-mortem or reflection on the damage inflicted on the patchwork of communities that make up our society.

It gives way to relentless coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – thick on spectacle and almost devoid of critical analysis. Images of wasted buildings now bury discussion of other stories [more at link below]

RTE Kitsch: Room to Improve (Frank Armstrong, Cassandra Voices)

RollingNews

This afternoon.

Lansdowne House, Dublin 4.

Via Irish Times:

Ms Ní Chofaigh has lodged a complaint under the Employment Equality Act against the State broadcaster, alleging discrimination by way of harassment during July 2019 and subsequent victimisation.

“We absolutely deny all allegations against RTÉ,” said Mairéad McKenna BL, who appeared for the broadcaster at a preliminary hearing…

…Claire Bruton BL [representing Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh] said she had “no difficulty” with an instruction to the press not to name the alleged perpetrators but added: “My client is very keen for the matter to proceed in public.”

She made reference to an internal investigation report in which three individuals were named, one of them a “public figure”.

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh to say she was sexually harassed at RTÉ, WRC told (RTE)

RollingNews

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald

This morning.

Meanwhile…

Fight!

RollingNews

This morning/afternoon.

Via RTÉ

RTÉ News has stepped up its commitment to trusted journalism and has become certified with the global Journalism Trust Initiative Mark.

The Journalism Trust Initiative was developed by Reporters Without Borders and aims to promote trustworthy journalism and news sources, helping in the battle against disinformation.

RTÉ News is one of a dozen media outlets leading the way globally as JTI certified media organisations, alongside the French national public service television broadcaster France TV, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Meanwhile….

…Jon Williams, Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs says:

“The Journalism Trust Initiative aims to make it easier for audiences to identify trustworthy journalism by creating a common set of standards for news organisations around trust and transparency. A benchmark of quality and independence, awarded by independent auditors. In the same way that when you see the Q Mark Irish flag on a product, you know it’s been produced in Ireland, the JTI standard means you know you can trust a news organisation’s journalism.”

Um.

Pause.

*cold, merciless stare*

FIGHT!

Pat Kenny (left) with Ryan Tubridy at the 50th anniversary Late Late Show in 2013

This afternoon.

Via Irish Times:

Ryan Tubridy, Claire Byrne, Pat Kenny and Matt Cooper were among the main winners in the latest Joint National Listenership Research (JNLR) survey of radio audiences, with all four presenters consolidating and adding to their pandemic gains.

Newstalk said The Pat Kenny Show had become its biggest ever programme with 184,000 listeners, while Matt Cooper’s drivetime audience on Today FM reached its highest point in a decade, while there were gains too for Radio 1 after last year saw some slippage from the station’s Covid-19 crisis highs.

Um..

Ryan Tubridy’s ‘nice little distraction’ now number two Irish radio show (Irish Times)

The mainstream.

YOU love it.

RollingNews

Broadcaster Sean O’Rourke

This morning.

Via Irish Times Letters:

For many years now there has been ongoing discussion regarding the salaries paid to RTÉ presenters. If I recall correctly, one of the arguments presented by RTÉ management was the need to keep their high earners on board, to protect the advertising revenues generated by their shows.

This argument suggests that there is a queue of suitors in the form of independent radio stations ready to snap up RTÉ talent at the first opportunity.

We now see a situation where, arguably, one of RTÉ’s finest current affairs presenters of the last decade is out of contract and open to offers. It will be interesting see how RTÉ manages this situation and even more interesting to see how the independent stations react.

If RTÉ does not seize the day and re-engage, it will bring into question the validity of their stated argument. If one or indeed all of the independent stations decide not to pursue the services of this established and available broadcaster, it will bring into question the business acumen and understanding of RTÉ.

Seán Malone,
Dublin 16.

FIGHT!

Irish Times Letters

Previously: Putt Me Back On

RollingNews

Sean O’Rourke

This morning.

Further to the dismissal of the Golfgate case…

“I followed the trial closely and the outcome is a relief not just to the defendants but to everyone who attended on the assurance that it complied with the rules.

“The aftermath was traumatic for me but many thousands of people suffered far more than I did from the pandemic.

“I lost a good contract to resume the work I love. That had a big effect on me and my family.

“I would like to go back on air. I have good relations with many people in RTÉ and I am hopeful that a way will be found for me to work again with RTÉ on radio and television.”

Broadcaster Sean O’Rourke, whose RTE ciontract was not renewed following his attendance at the Golfgate event.

Sean O’Rourke wants to return to broadcasting with RTÉ after ‘Golfgate’ (Irish Times)

RollingNews

Taoiseach Micheál Martin lays a wreath to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Derry on Saturday

Yesterday.

Meanwhile…

Anyone?

PA