Monday 24 October 2016

RTE seeks expert help to select an audience

The RTE campus at Montrose
The RTE campus at Montrose

RTE is seeking the help of experts in selecting an audience for a TV programme in the run-up to the next general election.

The station has put out to tender the audience selection process for the as-yet unnamed live show. The notice, posted on the e-tenders website, is aimed at market and economic research companies.

RTE was criticised in October 2011 over a Frontline programme prior to the Presidential election - particularly in relation to audience selection.


Candidate Sean Gallagher took a High Court action against RTE claiming the debate was unfair and damaged his electoral chances.

He also sought damages for alleged negligence and breach of duty and accused RTE of failing to ensure audience members were objectively selected and claiming that audience selection was not transparent and clearly recorded.

The case is ongoing and will be contested by RTE.

It is now seeking three types of audience - a combination of decided and undecided voters; one of undecided voters; and an audience type the successful tenderer wishes to propose. However, only one audience will be selected.

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