Three complaints made to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland about the apology issued on RTÉ's The Saturday Night Show, following references made to "homophobia", have been rejected by the authority.

In a statement, the compliance committee of the BAI said broadcasters must be free to take measures to ameliorate the impact of a broadcast that it believes has infringed its legal obligations.

It said it would be neither appropriate nor suitable for it to interfere with the editorial independence of a broadcaster.

The committee also found that the content of the apology could not be considered an endorsement of the views of those in receipt of the apology or that the apology meant that RTÉ had sided with the views of those to whom the apology was directed.

In all, five complaints about programmes broadcast on RTÉ television were rejected, including the three about the Saturday Night Show.

One referring to the Six One News was resolved by the executive complaints forum and one relating to Cork Community Radio was upheld in part.