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    Default Why is RTE afraid of Denis O'Brien?

    Justine McCarthy has a timely article in the Sunday Times today (pay wall) drawing attention to RTE's resolute silence regarding all matters Denis O'Brien-related. Principally, she queries why the broadcaster has completely ignored the recent Lowry tapes, leaving it to the private TV3 to broadcast them. She also mentions Prime Time's failure to mention his victory in his recent libel trial, and his dismissal of the relevance of the Press Council. Further, she notes that RTE has been broadcasting documentaries, such as Lifers, which have been funded by O'Brien (I was unaware of this prior to reading her article).


    It's an increasingly worrying media situation in this country. The two private national radio stations are controlled by DOB. He is increasing his grip over the largest newspaper group and is imposing a 'charter' over its journalists. We know about his close links to FG, and the Labour party doesnt seem interested in challenging his diminance. Don't expect FF to take a significantly different approach either if they return to power.


    We need our national broadcaster, which is publicly funded so as to act in the public interest and not be beholden to, or scared of, powerful figures. Why are they running scared of DOB? What is the point of RTE if it won't act in the public interest? Why is the private TV3 willing to address a major issue such as the Lowry tapes, while the national broadcaster won't even mention it?

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    Who ensures that funding continues for the State broadcaster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ger12 View Post
    Who ensures that funding continues for the State broadcaster?
    The government.

    If the answer was that straightforward, they would prohibit negative discussion of FG and Lab

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    or Tony O'Reilly or is that Sir Anthony to the likes of you and I.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    J.


    We know about his close links to FG, and the Labour party doesnt seem interested in challenging his diminance. Don't expect FF to take a significantly different approach either if they return to power.

    indeed why would FF challenge his "diminance" when their former leader was a columnist for Rupert Murdoch who owns the Times/Sun/Sky and backed them as did O'Reillys "independent" when he wanted the MMDS licences he bought from Ray Burke enforced over community television systems. kettles and pots methinks
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    1. Because he would sue a cat that looked at him.

    2. Because they are journalists and he owns the only other outlet for them if RTE lets them go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ne0ica View Post
    or Tony O'Reilly or is that Sir Anthony to the likes of you and I.
    I hoped you typed the "sir" bit while genuflecting
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    Quote Originally Posted by borntorum View Post
    The government.

    If the answer was that straightforward, they would prohibit negative discussion of FG and Lab
    It's not about protecting the FG or Labour Party.

    Look at the cabinet today. Look at the cabinet in the last FG/Lab coalition.
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    Pravda/RTE is there to serve vested interests, in the same way as the political system is expected to serve vested interests.

    We have a publicly funded broadcaster that serves vested interests. And we have private sector media organs that do the same.

    Also, thanks to Irish Defamation Law, DOB can send anybody a legal letter telling them that he will fight to protect his "right to good name and character". (even if in the real world, somebody's reputation has to be earned, and is not an entitlement).
    Coveney's ambition is the be Ireland's next EU Commissar and Ireland will pay a price as he builds his CV to position himself sufficiently loyal to the nEU empire.

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    OBrien >>>>>>> FG >>>>>> State Broadcaster
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