Broadcasting code takes gentle line

After initial fears about how it would restrict current affairs presenters in their work, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's code is more bark than bite, writes Siobhán Brett.

13th April, 2013
Bob Collins, BAI chairman, Aoife Clabby, BAI policy officer and Michael O'Keeffe, BAI chief executive. Photo: Paul Sharp

Despite its years in development and the consternation caused by last year's draft, the new code on fairness, objectivity and impartiality in news and current affairs by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is more bark than bite, according to broadcasters.

In February 2012, there was uproar at suggestions that current affairs presenters would be precluded from expressing opinions, required to list their financial and commercial interests on a public register and asked to represent...

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