NEWBLISS MAN AT CENTRE OF RENEWED SEAN GALLAGHER/ RTE CONTROVERSY

16 March 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Claims by a Newbliss man have contributed to the reigniting of the controversy surrounding presidential election candidate Sean Gallagher’s treatment on the RTE ‘Frontline’ programme in October last.
Forty-three-year-old Pat McGuirk in an interview in last weekend’s Sunday Independent claimed that the text of a question he asked as an audience member on the programme was altered by RTE to make it “hostile” in import regarding Mr Gallagher’s record on job creation.
RTE have strongly denied Mr McGuirk’s claims.
However, Mr Gallagher – the Monaghan-born entrepreneur who was the front-runner for a large part of last year’s presidential election campaign before losing out to Michael D Higgins – has called for an independent enquiry to be conducted into the ‘Frontline’ programme, which formed the final televised debate between the candidates.
The previous week the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) upheld a complaint by Mr Gallagher about the unfairness of the use of what turned out to be a bogus Twitter message during the course of the programme, which is generally regarded as having had an adverse impact on Mr Gallagher’s campaign.
The BAI did not however find that there was any intent by the programme makers to deliberately provoke controversy by the use of the tweet. An apology issued by RTE Director General …

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