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?