Following on from a number of discussions regarding perceived bias on the Late Late Show in favour of Fianna Fáil I decided to spend an hour trawling the archive of the Late Late Show from September 2008 (the beginning of Kenny's last season) to this week (the beginning of Tubridy's second season). That gives us 2 seasons and a couple of months.
What is clear from the attached spreadsheet is that Fianna Fáil are certainly the most dominant in terms of interview spaces. Their number is almost three times all the other parties put together. What is perhaps most interesting is that I was unable to identify any Labour Representative who was directly interviewed one-on-one on the show.
I kept the analysis to individual interviews, rather than panels, and elected representatives rather than people who might be members, former members or otherwise associated with a party (therefore excludes the likes of Mary McAleese, Cecilia Ahern, Shane Ross). I also excluded parties without Dáil representation - eg People Before Profit and Libertas.
A similar analysis of the Tubridy Show, Saturday Night with Miriam and the Saturday Night Show would also be useful.
There are several threads now open about the Late Late Show on the site so feel free to merge this thread if the mods see fit. However, I do think that this issue is worthy of a distinct thread in its own right, rather than simply being merged into a thread about a particular week's show.