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Whats good, or what could be good about RTE is the news and the cultural patronage. You take out rte and you end up with a country in which #redacted is the monopoly. Their news has an inherent bias like all news does, which you can kinda track back to the concept that if you went for a job there and showed up in a PBP t-shirt, dreadlocks and sandals i think it would weigh against you in comparison to say showing up dressed like the instant interview tool kit shirt tie combo you get in Dunnes stores. That said, the concept of having a news dept that isn't entirely directed from the adverts down, which is essentially the commercial model is really important. It takes a lot of resources* to put together that stuff and its not a good return for an advert based economy to throw money at it, so for the large part they dontint. If I still was on twitter I'd have probably spent the month flipping out about lyric fm, to me that is more relevant than 2fm, just to have this massive wealth of ancient music giving us a window in the the past essentially for free whenever we like is really important. People bitch about 160eu for a tv licence and then hand 600eu to megacorp to throw propaganda at them. The % (which is too small) that goes on documentary, specialist, sound and vision, TG4, orchestra (I think) to me is really the cultural value of the thing. Watching GAA is something I do a lot of and again its a cultural thing we shouldn't even bat an eyelid at having piped into our home for free. 100% in support of nuking RTE and building a new one tomorrow morning. Also the BAI/RTE axis of institutional movement is going to slowly get into the digital realm over the next few years but probably not in a way people like, however it might be the best way to move away from the cyber propaganda world we live in now. Also we've had a few talks here about how many community radio stations you could run for the price of one of those 'top presenters' and its an embarrassing amount.

*this is the reason I have a job kids but your tv licence is probably about 20eu into my pocket a year FYI.
 

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It would almost be funny if it didn't basically guarantee a hike in the tv licence fee along with zero improvement to any of their services. I mean RTE could hardly be more shite. Their programs are spectacularly awful and the RTE player literally isn't fit for purpose. I thought I was finally going to get some use out of them during the recent world cup but the quality on the player was so bad that I had to go back to the dodgy sites to get a watchable stream. At the risk of sounding like a taxi driver what do pay for? I mean I'm not against public service broadcasting per se (nor indeed the orchestra etc) but I literally get nothing out of it.
I think it is. Is Dobbo still on the news? That prime time thing on the creche's was probably the last thing I watched through. Scary but definitely worthwhile.
 

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Also we've had a few talks here about how many community radio stations you could run for the price of one of those 'top presenters' and its an embarrassing amount.
It's the "top presenters" that bring in most of the advertising money, right? RTE surely makes a profit on them, even if they are paying them a lot - cos that's how capitalism works, innit
 

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Why do we fucking need RTE making light entertainment like On The Pull With my Parents or even Live at Three or whatever?
A bunch of fucking hooey.

Current Affairs, News, Factual, Cultural should be all they're doing.
It's what they're best at.
And the only sport they should be doing is when Ireland play or whatever the GAA want to give them.

Reality shows with celebrities managing hotels?
Like who in their right mind would want to pay a licence fee for that?
Especially when there's fucking 30 channels of it on everywhere else.

And their work practices are beyond a joke
A guy I know, and actually like, works on Prime Time
Does a fair few hours overtime, which they get off in lieu
Every July he comes on Facebook proudly proclaiming that he's off til fucking October cos of the time he's built up.
There's a reason no one leaves that place, it's a fucking lottery ticket of a job. No wonder they're fucking broke.
 

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I think it is. Is Dobbo still on the news? That prime time thing on the creche's was probably the last thing I watched through. Scary but definitely worthwhile.
Dobbo is on Morning Ireland
All those shows, Sean O'Rourke, Mary Wilson, Sarah McInerney, Katie Hannon and all that crowd - even Marian who I can't stand - are probably worth their money, cos they know every trick in the book that politicians try and pull.
But wouldn't hurt to knock 20% off - cos where else they're gonna go?

I'll say it again, the state has no business being in the light entertainment business
It's ludicrous
 

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Dobbo is on Morning Ireland
All those shows, Sean O'Rourke, Mary Wilson, Sarah McInerney, Katie Hannon and all that crowd - even Marian who I can't stand - are probably worth their money, cos they know every trick in the book that politicians try and pull.
But wouldn't hurt to knock 20% off - cos where else they're gonna go?
They're taking 15 aren't they?
 

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RTE Radio 1 News opened yesterday with “Gardai are trying to piece together the jigsaw puzzle of a mystery relating to the discovery of a body in Cork” (paraphrasing)


About this lad who was murdered and chopped up.
I thought it was in shocking bad taste.

They hadn’t even identified the victim at that point.

 

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Marian Finucane

Fond of a smoke, by all accounts.

Please please please don’t give the weekend slot to Miriam O’Callaghan
She goes through me

Brendan O’Connor is annoying, but on the ball
Smart choice is Sarah McInerney
So they gave the job to Brendan

But Sarah's on right now. This is how it should be.
She's stellar.
 

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