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    Default RTE Prime Time Investigates Where is it?

    Prime Time Investigates the "flagship" and indeed the only ship of RTE's investigative journalism
    wing produced only three shows this year all three shown in May
    on the following topics.

    1: Tyre dumping
    2: Alzheimer's Disease
    3: on-line child abuse in Ireland

    In December alone in 2009 they produced three shows.

    It is very important more so now than ever that the National broadcaster
    for the public good conduct hard hitting investigative journalism
    Its arguable that a show like Prime Time Investigates if run well
    would be of great benefit to the country, in theory!

    Why does it appear to be in decline? Is this because of budget cutbacks?

    Please note I am talking about Prime Time Investigates and not Prime time the show which shows a extended news report (with scary music in the background) on an issue and then gets two different politicians to fight and talk rubbish for 10 -15 minutes. Theres a big difference.

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    might be getting too close to the bone for the RTE yes men?
    Either that or their are deep cover on a big story?

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    This needs to be investigated

    Seriously though you are right. PTI has a strong record and we need it.
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    Maybe something to do with the DG leaving...Gov.ie were certainly NOT coming off well in the Prime Time Investigares format, and to be hinest the whole tone of RTE has become very subservient to "the green jersey" mentality in recent months

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    The investigations last months so I presume that's the main factor behind so few episodes. In the UK Panorama is on once a week and doesn't have any impact.

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    surely there were more then 3! some of the pieces on primetime itself were very good, on churches issues, ministers money, leaving the studio sections aside.
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    RT Television - Programmes - News - Prime Time Investigates

    AFAIK RTE have done 3 prime time investigates this year!!!!!!!!!!

    Does this mean that television investigation journalism is now dead in RTE.
    at a time we need it most?



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    PTI requires times and resources whereas the regular PT show is cheap & allows RTE to make us think it actually does Current Affairs,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Éireann go Brách View Post
    RT Television - Programmes - News - Prime Time Investigates

    AFAIK RTE have done 3 prime time investigates this year!!!!!!!!!!

    Does this mean that television investigation journalism is now dead in RTE.
    at a time we need it most?


    I wonder is it money or that Fianna Fail put pressure on them to stop as several of those Prime Times investigations did do immense harm to Fianna Fail.

    Either way it's a great pity and Ireland needs investigative journalism now more then ever and right now the only media outlet that does anything in that area is the Daily/Sunday Mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtbooker View Post
    So very true - it takes the English to yet again show gombeen Paddy how it's done and that a newspaper can actually be more than a cheerleading rag for FF. With the Tribune about to go and the Sindo...well to be frank anybody who 'reads' that should be considered retarded...it leaves us with the SBP which isn't a bad read to be honest.
    There is some good analysis in the SBP, but there isn't any real investigative journalism. The lack of a sports section really annoys me as well. To be fair though it does avoid basically reprinting press releases which the Times and Indo are terrible for doing.
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