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RTE on drugs again

Sean O’Rourke is my favourite radio broadcaster beause he’s one of the only RTE lads who always conducts tough interviews. The Morning Ireland team have a tendency to huff and puff (that interview last week with Albert Reynolds was a …

Mon, Nov 19, 2007, 15:29

   

Sean O’Rourke is my favourite radio broadcaster beause he’s one of the only RTE lads who always conducts tough interviews. The Morning Ireland team have a tendency to huff and puff (that interview last week with Albert Reynolds was a case in point), Mary Wilson is still dull (which is why Matt Cooper is doing so well) and stand-ins like Keelin Shanley and co only act tough when they have a soft target on the other end of the phoneline, but O’Rourke always asks the hard questions.

You rarely hear anyone get the better of him so, come on down Kevin Dawson, RTE’s commissioning editor for factual programmes. At least, he tried his best and he should get a pay rise for attempting to defend his bailiwick today.

Dawson was on the show today to talk about High Society, the show about the fact that everyone in the whole bloody country is going around snorting big fat lines of cocaine. The Sunday Tribune, for one, have been asking a ton of questions about Justine Delaney Wilson’s show, particularly her allegation that she had a taped interview with a minister from the last government admitting that he was partial to a few lines.

RTE told the Tribune:

There are no audio recordings of the politician. In the case of the politician, RTE television relied upon the extensive contemporaneous notes which fully record this individual’s testimony.

Today, O’Rourke played a tape from a Drivetime interview with Delaney-Wilson where she claimed that she had the minister on tape.

Then, Dawson got going. You can listen to the show here and enjoy a masterclass in how to wheedle out of answering the questions – and a masterclass from O’Rourke is how to keep ask the tough questions of the public service broadcaster who pay your wages.