Monday February 17, 2020

Will RTÉ’s danse macabre with the government ever end?

As they try to plan for the future, the national broadcaster and the state should look to the many functioning national-media partnerships across Europe

22nd December, 2019
Dee Forbes is trying to plug a huge financial hole at RTÉ. Picture: Fergal Phillips

It’s difficult to settle on a simile that describes the relationship between the government and RTÉ. A car crash is too easy. It seems more like a dance: a danse macabre, if you will. The movements are awkward, and both seem new to the form. Each wants to be respectful of the other, as national institutions usually are, but they keep stepping on each other’s toes.

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