There are certain times every day when it is impossible to listen to speech based programmes on RTE radio with music on 1, 2FM and Lyric. The only alternative is to switch over to Newstalk, a commercial station.
Every news bulletin is interrrupted noisily with an ad for whoever is currently sponsoring the weather.
Also why do they have to have that horrible over the top intro music for the news, why not just the time pips?
At night RTE repeats Liveline, ie it repeats a phone in programme as a filler.
The few documentaries that they do make are excellent but mainly RTE 1s output consists of phone-ins, ronan collins type music and chat shows with people plugging books. And loads and loads of ads.
I favour having a licence fee but that should mean no ads.
I suggest they drop advertising on all RTE radio including 2fm and lyric and cutback on tv to pay for it. RTE2 tv was brought in for the people living in single channel land and has always been stuffed with foreign programming. They should axe it and put the savings into radio.