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RTE reporters at Leinster House after 9pm


Colin M

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Just watching David Davin Power doing his live bit from outside Leinster House and Govt Buildings (on the Magdalene report), and I was wondering why they usually do this, on the 9pm bulletin? Is it that RTE want to give the impression that the reporter has been 'extremely busy', all day with the 'breaking news'? Instead of the reporter freezing in the Dublin cold, when they could do their live piece out in Donnybrook.

Given that the main days talking points in both the Dail and the Seanad finish up before the evening, it always look a bit silly to me.
 

ruserious

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Just to give it added style and realism. Nothing wrong with that.
 

RahenyFG

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RTE hasn't suffered that bad from cutbacks that they shouldn't send reporters a mere few miles down the road to Leinster House.
 

johnfás

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RTE do this with almost everything. If you compare RTE news to the uk or American stations you see far more reporters on the news. The "news anchor" has a much greater role in just voicing over footage in most other jurisdictions. The RTE one always looks a bit naff as a result.
 

Colin M

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Just to give it added style and realism. Nothing wrong with that.
Where is the 'realism' part? The average person knows that the Oireachtas members have either (a) gone home, or (b) to the pub, by that time.
 

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Most RTE pol staff work out of Leinster House... so going to Donnybrook would be a trip !

cYp
 

ruserious

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Where is the 'realism' part? The average person knows that the Oireachtas members have either (a) gone home, or (b) to the pub, by that time.
Yep, but it's where the main happenings of the day occured. It would be fair boring having all the news come from one room.
 

carlovian

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Just watching David Davin Power doing his live bit from outside Leinster House and Govt Buildings (on the Magdalene report), and I was wondering why they usually do this, on the 9pm bulletin? Is it that RTE want to give the impression that the reporter has been 'extremely busy', all day with the 'breaking news'? Instead of the reporter freezing in the Dublin cold, when they could do their live piece out in Donnybrook.

Given that the main days talking points in both the Dail and the Seanad finish up before the evening, it always look a bit silly to me.
Ah David come on.

If you don't like doing the late cold slot, get someone else to do it.
 

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Do you get an allowance in rte for doing an "outside" broadcast ?
 

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You would also often see the court reporter doing a live piece from outside the court at 9pm about a case that would have finished that afternoon.
 

Harmonica

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RTE do this with almost everything. If you compare RTE news to the uk or American stations you see far more reporters on the news. The "news anchor" has a much greater role in just voicing over footage in most other jurisdictions. The RTE one always looks a bit naff as a result.
This can even be seen on Prime Time. Its supposed to be an investigative show but presenters like Miriam O'Callaghan over often just do a few brief intros to the pre-recorded investigative pieces.
 

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Just watching David Davin Power doing his live bit from outside Leinster House and Govt Buildings (on the Magdalene report), and I was wondering why they usually do this, on the 9pm bulletin? Is it that RTE want to give the impression that the reporter has been 'extremely busy', all day with the 'breaking news'? Instead of the reporter freezing in the Dublin cold, when they could do their live piece out in Donnybrook.

Given that the main days talking points in both the Dail and the Seanad finish up before the evening, it always look a bit silly to me.
Wasn't there a private members bill to do with the promissory note on tonight?
 
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Just watching David Davin Power doing his live bit from outside Leinster House and Govt Buildings (on the Magdalene report), and I was wondering why they usually do this, on the 9pm bulletin? Is it that RTE want to give the impression that the reporter has been 'extremely busy', all day with the 'breaking news'? Instead of the reporter freezing in the Dublin cold, when they could do their live piece out in Donnybrook.

Given that the main days talking points in both the Dail and the Seanad finish up before the evening, it always look a bit silly to me.
Is it any worse than "Live from some patch of grass outside RTÉ"?
 

lying eyes

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Just watching David Davin Power doing his live bit from outside Leinster House and Govt Buildings (on the Magdalene report), and I was wondering why they usually do this, on the 9pm bulletin? Is it that RTE want to give the impression that the reporter has been 'extremely busy', all day with the 'breaking news'? Instead of the reporter freezing in the Dublin cold, when they could do their live piece out in Donnybrook.

Given that the main days talking points in both the Dail and the Seanad finish up before the evening, it always look a bit silly to me.
It is a pathetic sham , just like most things in this Country........
 

james toney

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They should put the cameras on the TD's falling out of the bar every night.
 

pippakin

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Hoping to catch a member of the Dail staggering, sorry, strolling to his/her car.
 

Slievenaglogh

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The same question was posed in The Guardian (Notes & Queries column) a couple of years ago regarding BBC reporters standing outside the Houses of Parliament and the like when everyone has gone home. It seems they do it because they consider it looks better for the viewers. I asked a family member who used to work in RTE and he said the same thing.
It still looks ridiculous - I imagine Vivienne Traynor (spelling?) driving in from Donnybrook to report from a footpath with Four Courts in the background when she could report just as well from the other end of the studio desk..
 

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Do you get an allowance in rte for doing an "outside" broadcast ?
There certainly is an allowance for the crew on this 'outside' broadcast. It is also a triumph of 'style' over proper analysis and scrutiny.
 
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