BAI upholds complaint over Liveline programme

Friday 28 February 2014 12.21
The BAI committee said comments made by a caller had the potential to cause concern
The BAI committee said comments made by a caller had the potential to cause concern

A complaint made to the compliance committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland against the Liveline programme on RTÉ Radio 1 has been upheld.

During a discussion on funerals, a caller to the programme said that it was not permissible to offer sympathies to families of the bereaved inside churches in the diocese of Meath, and that this was the direction of the Bishop of Meath.

The complainant, Martin Long, said this was incorrect.

He said that although the programme makers had been informed of the correct guidelines, a clarification was not provided on air.

The committee said the comments made by the caller had the potential to cause concern for those who live in the diocese and that it was important that the programme makers took steps to ensure they were accurate.

Three other complaints relating to RTÉ radio programmes were resolved by the executive complaints forum.