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Editing ‘What it Says in the Papers’ September 24, 2021

Posted by Tomboktu in Uncategorized.
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There was a small difference between the 7.00 am and 8.00 am editions of “What it Says in the Papers” on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 today.

An item in the broadcasts about student accommodation included a reference to an article in which Lorcan Sirr, a lecturer at TU Dublin, commented on the situation. At 7.00 am we were told he made the two points in the paper (the Mail, I think):

(a) that if the Government had loaned the universities the money they asked for a few years ago, they would now be able to provide student accommodation at about €700 per month, and

(b) that instead the Government had let the private sector build student accommodation and it costs €1,100 per month.

The “WiSitP” broadcast after the 8.00 am news bulletin left out that second point.

That’s not the first time I’ve noticed some pointed commentary being dropped from the second broadcast of What it Says in the Papers. I would be interested in knowing the process that leads to the edits: Does a more senior editor in RTÉ editor who hadn’t seen the first script intervene? Does a press officer for the Government (or a minister or a party) put in a phone call to RTE? Or does somebody in the control room run a stop watch and tell the presenter his WiSitP piece was, say, 10 seconds too long and needs to be cut for the 8.00 am version?

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1. Alibaba - September 24, 2021

Sound questions about pointed commentary getting dropped by the national broadcaster. I’ve wondered about this before too.

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WorldbyStorm - September 24, 2021

That’s very interesting Tomboktu, it really shifts the meaning and softens the impact. Worth keeping an eye on but as you say what’s the process?

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2. crocodileshoes - September 24, 2021

If only the RTE newsroom were as infested with lefties as we used to be told, one of them would be reading this site and could tell us what happened😏

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3. EWI - September 24, 2021

Does a more senior editor in RTÉ editor who hadn’t seen the first script intervene? Does a press officer for the Government (or a minister or a party) put in a phone call to RTE?

A melded combination of both, from everything we know about such practices here and in the UK with the BBC

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4. pangurbán - September 24, 2021

i didnt hear it, but you should launch an internal complaint and take the to the BCC, if only to inject some mksery into the life of a programme manager

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Fergal - September 24, 2021

Or does something say more people listen at 8 than at 7 … any pointed commentary has to be dropped…

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