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RTE news department pay tribute to ex-Irish Times blogger

Our former colleague on the Irish Times blogging block Shane was a fierce man altogether for pointing out the stupidity of RTE news reporters standing around on city streets doing their pieces to camera. He’d point out, like he did …

Tue, Oct 14, 2008, 09:07

   

Our former colleague on the Irish Times blogging block Shane was a fierce man altogether for pointing out the stupidity of RTE news reporters standing around on city streets doing their pieces to camera. He’d point out, like he did again in his Present Tense column last Saturday, how the news teams often had two seperate crews at two different sides of the same building. It’s part of an obsession with live reporting, as if to show that the news team are bang up to the minute with the story. Only problem is that the reporters are often talking about stories which are not exactly live.

Last night, though, RTE news surpassed themselves. It was as if they had read the Present Tense column on Saturday and said to themselves “hah, sure he ain’t seen nothing yet”. First, we had George Lee standing around on Merrion Street preaching doom and gloom to the camera. Then, we had David Davin-Power sitting in the Dail studios looking as if he wished he’d had a haircut before going on air. And just to make sure that viewers were getting full value for money, the third report came from business correspondant David Murphy standing around on Merrion Square talking about something to do with the banks. I assume he had a seperate crew or maybe the lads filming Georgie took off up the road when they were finished with their camera and big fluffy mic on their backs.

To top it all and make last night’s news bulletin a must-see for all future media students, Murphy also featured in the kind of cringeworthy package which Chris Morris used to specialise in. As part of a budget preview, you had Murphy sticking a wad of notes he was going to save from falling petrol prices into a wallet before a hand reached in from stage left to pinch them away. Yep, a “hand” to represent Brian Lenihan’s budget reaching in to take away the surplus cash. Good to see that the communications and media colleges are still turning out innovative, bright people full of great ideas.

Actually, it was like a homage to The Day Today on the box last night. Over on TV3, there was a typically hard-hitting episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit dealing with the rape of a 12 year old boy. The sponsor for the show? Nurofen for Children. You couldn’t make this up.