British Tabloids Irish Readers

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Fintan O'Toole investigates why British tabloids sell so well in Ireland.

  • Title
    British Tabloids Irish Readers
  • 1st Broadcast
    14/05/1985
  • Contributor
    Fintan O'Toole (Reporter)
    Richard Kearney (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:14:29
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Slants
  • Clip title
    British Tabloids Irish Readers
  • Extended description

    Fintan O'Toole investigates why British tabloids sell so well in Ireland. He speaks to Derek Jameson, who tells him that the Irish love sensation as much as the British. Jameson, who edited the Irish edition of 'The Daily Mirror', says that the Irish newspapers are parochial, boring and provincial and have nothing in common with the masses. Tabloids bring colour and excitement into people's lives.

    Outside at a newspaper stand, a number of Irish readers talk about why they like the British tabloids: for sport, soap operas and because they're cheaper than the Irish newspapers.

    O'Toole also speaks to Ron McKay of 'Media Week' and Eamonn McCann, journalist with 'The Sunday World'. McCann thinks that there is a lot of drivel in tabloids and while you can publish serious journalism in them as well, its harder to get these stories across when they're sitting by stories about people like Elizabeth Taylor.

  • Information

    'Slants' was a series about the media presented by Richard Kearney and Fintan O'Toole and broadcast in 1985 and 1986.

    The report here is from the first 'Slants' programme and was  broadcast 14 May 1985.

  • Local keywords
    Newspapers, Media, Journalists, Tabloids, Derek Jameson, Ron McKay, Eamonn McCann
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1985
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P184/00085
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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