An extract from a debate on 'The Late Late Show' on the issues raised in the book 'Sit Down and Be Counted' written by the former RTÉ producers Lelia Doolan, Jack Dowling and Bob Quinn.

Lelia Doolan, Jack Dowling and Bob Quinn three producers resigned from RTÉ in 1968 over differences of opinion on what was the function of the television produced by the State broadcaster.

The three outlined their arguments in the book 'Sit Down and Be Counted' and expressed their concerns about the chase for ratings and the commercial pressures that advertising brings on programme making.

For an hour 'The Late Late' panel including Michael Garvey, Controller of Programmes on Television and Jack White the Assistant Controller along with members of the audience debated the role of television in Irish society.