Monday December 9, 2019

Mary Regan: Giving a voice to the people

Vincent Browneʼs inclusion of people from different backgrounds on his programme made current affairs television a much more democratic place

30th July, 2017
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Role reversal: Browne being interviewed alongside Paddy Prendiville (centre, now editor of The Phoenix) in the Sunday Tribune office in the early 1980s PIC: Rollingnews

When the Tonight with Vincent Browne programme pioneered the idea of the People’s Debate in the run-up to the 2016 general election, its producers came up with the idea of putting up posters around the country featuring the presenter's face, announcing when the show would be coming to the local constituency.

Delighted with their idea, they shared it with the host who – unimpressed – wondered if they had missed the entire point of...

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