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BAI releases report into RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has published its final report into the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates Mission to Prey programme, which libelled Galway priest Fr Kevin Reynolds.
- The BAI’s investigating officer Anna Carragher said that the programme was “not fair in that it broadcast serious, damaging and untrue allegations” and was in serious breach of parts of the Broadcasting Act. RTÉ has been fined €200,000.
- Aoife Kavanagh, the reporter on the programme, has resigned in the wake of the report’s release. According to tweets from RTÉ colleague and news presenter Bryan Dobson on Twitter, Kavanagh said that she “does not accept many of the findings” in the BAI report “in relation to the manner in which I carried out my work”.
- The Director General of RTÉ, Noel Curran, has said an investigation of “personnel matters” arising from the programme, which is being led by Dr Maurice Hayes, is continuing and will conclude shortly.
- Meanwhile, the Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has condemned the programme as “a shoddy, unprofessional, cavalier, and damaging piece of work,” and has requested the RTÉ board and chairman meet with him next week to discuss the finding of the BAI report.
In other news…
- Irish food company Cully & Sully, which produces chilled soups, pies and hotpots, has been bought by a US-based natural and organics food group, Hain Celestial, for an undisclosed amount of money.
- A report on the future of the Post Office network in Ireland has recommended that moving motor taxation services to make them payable at Post Offices could generate savings of €60.6 million.
- A nuclear scientist who worked on the prestigious CERN programme in Switzerland has been sentenced to five years by a French court for planning terrorist attacks. Adlene Hicheur, who was arrested in October 2009 on suspicion of planning attacks with a north African al-Qaeda group, was convicted of criminal association with a view to plotting terrorist attacks, a verdict his lawyer criticised as “scandalous”.
- A man in his 30s is in hospital in Cork after he was stabbed and later found unconscious on a roadside in the city this afternoon. The man was found on the roadside at Kerryhall Road in Fairhill in Cork City having sustained serious injuries at around 2.30pm this afternoon. Gardaí are appealing for information.
- Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is facing a fresh allegation of rape. A Belgian prostitute has come forward to claim that she was gang raped by Strauss Kahn and three friends in December 2010.
Two young people dive into a swimming pool in Mumbai, India, Friday, May 4, 2012. (AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade)
- The British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband was egged on a visit to Southhampton today: Miliband was doing an interview with ITV News when suddenly and without warning, he was pelted by a member of the crowd.
- Facebook privacy concerns are on the rise, according to a new US consumer report. Oversharing and excessive data collection are reportedly among the growing concerns of users.
- Is that pesky beer bottle top getting in the way of your plans again? One clever Twitter user has put together a list of household items that will help you open bottles when an opener is nowhere to be found… (via newcom.au)
- It’s Friday – a Bank Holiday Friday, no less – so here’s a slideshow of animals in cups from around the world.
- Fancy getting Leia-ed? Calling all loved-up Star Wars fans thinking about renewing their wedding vows: the Death Star-themed chapel at the Dublin Invasion convention this weekend might be an option.
- This very sweet but sad story has been shared on Facebook in recent days. Don’t say we didn’t warn you about the sad part.
Finally – what do dogs and little boys have in common? An intense hatred of bathing.
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