Coveney says it’s not up to politicians to run RTÉ as station is now in dire straights – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Coveney says it’s not up to politicians to run RTÉ as station is now in dire straights




Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister Simon Coveney said there would be no public broadcasting if people did not pay the TV license fee, reports Breaking News.

Failure to buy a TV license creates a major financial problem that the government will have to address through intervention, Pat Kenny told Newstalk.

“I know people have been frustrated and angered by what they’ve heard in the last number of months. You know, RTÉ has been through a process of effectively exposing and accepting mistakes that have been made. And clearly there’s a need for change, and that’s happening,” he said, reports Breaking News.

“But we also have to make sure that we don’t, in an effort to ask the hard questions, that we don’t damage RTÉ in a way that actually makes public service broadcasting weaker,” he added, reports Breaking News.

Mr Coveney said he did not want to go into further detail because his sibling was a former director of RTÉ so it is not appropriate to set the tone for a debate about RTÉ.

“But what I would say is that Ireland, without a strong independent public service broadcaster, I think would be a place where perhaps democracy wouldn’t be as healthy. And look, there are lots of countries that don’t have the kind of independent, strong public service broadcasting that we have here. And we need to be careful that we don’t lose that,” reports Breaking News.

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