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Monday 21 August 2017

RTE radio is accused of being 'one-sided'

A DUBLIN councillor has lodged a complaint with RTE claiming that Marian Finucane's radio show failed to give a voice at the weekend to people who are in favour of the water charges.

Labour councillor Dermot Lacey has complained about the "lack of balance" on the programme on Saturday and Sunday in relation to the charges.

"On Saturday, there were four anti-water charges protesters interviewed and given a platform with no counterbalancing view, and on Sunday there was one of the leaders of the anti-water charges campaign with no alternative view represented.

"That is a five-to-none imbalance," he said in his complaint.

Galling

He told the Herald that there is a case for water charges that is not being communicated on many national media programmes.

"I found the imbalance last Saturday and Sunday to be particularly galling," he said.

However, Maureen Catterson, a spokesperson for RTE radio said that the coverage was not one-sided. She said it featured reporting on an event that was happening.

"On Saturday's show, the programme which covers news and current affairs, was reporting on a demonstration that was happening.

"On Sunday's show, there was reaction to the event. It was covered as a news event, and was not one-sided," Ms Catterson said.

fdillon@herald.ie

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