The Broadcasting Authority has upheld, or upheld in part, two complaints against the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 relating to the discussion of abortion and the campaign to change Irish abortion laws.

The complaints were made made following an interview with Graham and Helen Linehan on the topic of abortion.

The couple had received a diagnosis during pregnancy that their child would not live beyond birth. One complainant said that in her opinion the presenter promoted his personal view.

In response, RTÉ said the interview was conducted in the conversational style known and expected by the programme's audience.

It said the focus of the interview was primarily on the personal trauma endured by the couple and that it had received statements from Pro Life groups that were read out during the interview.

The Complaints Committee of the BAI noted that the topic of fatal foetal abnormalities is a matter of current public debate and said it had rejected a number of complaints on the basis that the content of the programme focused on human interest stories.

However it said in this case it did not agree that the interview was predominantly human interest in nature as the interviewees had created a video in support of a campaign to change the Irish Constitution to allow for different abortion rules. 

The campaign in question, 'She is not a Criminal' is run by Amnesty International and calls for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, which enshrines in law the equal right to life to the unborn and the mother.

The committee found that the interviewees criticised opposing views to their own and they encouraged listeners to sign the campaign petition and pressure politicians to bring about change.

The committee also found that the programme included comments form the Pro Life Campaign and Every Life Counts but said the treatment of those views were cursory and the issues were not examined in detail.

The committee was of the view that as the interviewees were actively engaging in a campaign to change the Irish constitution, the other perspectives provided were insufficient, and it upheld the complaint further to the Broadcasting Act 2009 and the BAI code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality in news and current affairs.

The committee also upheld a complaint about the FM 104 phone show relating to a discussion about black people, which it found contained content not justified by the editorial content of the programme and which would be likely to stir up hatred against persons and groups in society, in this case migrants and asylum seekers.