BAI rejects complaints over 'idiots' comment by RTÉ presenter Bryan Dobson

Thursday 27 March 2014 21.13
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Bryan Dobson made the comment during an interview with economist Ronan Lyons
Bryan Dobson made the comment during an interview with economist Ronan Lyons
The BAI said the remarks did not breach broadcasting rules, but said the situation could have been handled better
The BAI said the remarks did not breach broadcasting rules, but said the situation could have been handled better

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has rejected seven complaints it received after a presenter on RTÉ's Six One News referred to protesters, who appeared in the background of a live interview, as "idiots".

In November 2013, Bryan Dobson was conducting a live interview with guest Ronan Lyons at Government Buildings when protesters with placards appeared in the background of the shot.

A production decision was taken to cut the interview short and the presenter used the word "idiots" when explaining to the guest why this was happening.

The Compliance Committee of the BAI found that the subject of the interview was not related to the message on the placards.

It said the presenter could have handled the situation in a better manner, however the term used arose out of frustration and could not be seen as a comment on the protesters' message.

The committee decided the comments did not infringe broadcasting rules on fairness objectivity and impartiality.

Two other complaints, relating to the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ Radio 1 and the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, were also rejected.

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