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Unhappy with RTE radio


Bobb

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There are certain times every day when it is impossible to listen to speech based programmes on RTE radio with music on 1, 2FM and Lyric. The only alternative is to switch over to Newstalk, a commercial station.
Every news bulletin is interrrupted noisily with an ad for whoever is currently sponsoring the weather.
Also why do they have to have that horrible over the top intro music for the news, why not just the time pips?
At night RTE repeats Liveline, ie it repeats a phone in programme as a filler.
The few documentaries that they do make are excellent but mainly RTE 1s output consists of phone-ins, ronan collins type music and chat shows with people plugging books. And loads and loads of ads.
I favour having a licence fee but that should mean no ads.
I suggest they drop advertising on all RTE radio including 2fm and lyric and cutback on tv to pay for it. RTE2 tv was brought in for the people living in single channel land and has always been stuffed with foreign programming. They should axe it and put the savings into radio.
 

President Bartlet

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It's all symptomatic with what's wrong with RTE radio and TV at the present moment.
A radio schedule that is poor, rubbish TV news music, titles and studio set and very very cheap indents between programs - pictures with the logo slapped on.
Is this what the license fee is paid to produce the tripe we are experiencing at the moment
 

Catalpa

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they should also improve their signal which is very poor at times and hard to pick up.

I really only listen to the RTE News anyway. The 'Right Hook' is pretty good on Newstalk 106 but other than that I woildn't listen to the radio that much.
 

FakeViking

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The Right Hook is good,



If you want to listen to Sport, Bad Interviews, unchallenged opinions, biased line-ups, etc. There are at least two better national programmes at the same time. Hookie was good when he was a neophyte. He's lost his touch. Now he's just avoidable, IMHO.
 

spike

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Rubbish RTE Radio

I think that the general standard of RTE Programming has declined.

The stuff that is home produced is nothing short of tripe. There is a school of thought in RTE that seems to think that shows like Pure Mule (HEFT!!), Fair City(The worst type of populist, what's-this-weeks-social-issue-in-the- script-excuse) are somehow 'authentic' as well as and a series of political documentaries that RTE are constantly telling us are brilliant (The Shell/Mayo broadcast was an unintelligble mess IMHO).

The problem is that the home competition, eg TV3 TnG and that excuse of a Channel in Dublin are no real competition at all...starting to sound like the Dail all over again. I am frankly embarrassed by what our national broadcaster pays the likes of Pat Kenny, Joe Duffy etc and I agree with Bartlett when he states that either we pay a licence fee for Advert free or reduced TV or we let the whole thing just go like sky one. The demands of talentless presenters seems to be the tail wagging the dog.
 

qtman

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I tuned into Radio 1 recently at 7pm to find Dave Fanning interviewing Amanda Brunker. I thought I'd pushed the wrong station button.

That did it for me.

Sean O'Rourke and Vincent Browne are the only 2 shows worth listening now, as well as some of the stuff that comes on Sat and Sun mornings before Marian Finucane spoils the show.

Other than that its Lyric with a brief interuption from 9pm to 10pm for Ken Earley on Off the Ball.
 

jonna

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I listen to Tipp FM mostly... Seamus Martins phone in show kicks the as* of any RTE phone in.. The station is superior to RTE's offerings. I'm sure the same claim can be made by all the county stations throughout the country.

jonna
 

BarryW

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I too am worried by Radio 1.

Pat Kenny & Sean O' Rourke are strong and Mary Wilson is good - even if the endless sports bulletins are very bloody annoying. For pete's sake, he has half an hour of his own show directly after Wilson! Leave it til then!

Tubridy - 90% rubbish
Derek Mooney- woeful dross
"Drivetime with Des" - ditto
"Drivetime with Dave"......... actually quite good

I find myself listening to Hook more and more. The format of the slots is more likely to get a debate going between Hook and the people he is speaking to - whereas Matt Cooper tends to be formulaic: 4 or 5 scripted questions from Goldilocks, followed by a cringeworthy cynical quip, then cut to the ads.

For anyone who doesnt listen to George Hook, but needs a good introduction: TUNE IN AT 5.30PM ON FRIDAYS and you will here a guy called Michael Graham give a rundown on the events in the US that week. The guy is a Neo-Con nutter, and every single week it descends into a bickering match of Neo-Con v European Liberal.

If you want something to sum up just how far ahead of Newstalk RTE has shot: compare and contrast Derek Mooney with Moncrieff.......
 

zoinks

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BarryW said:
I too am worried by Radio 1.

Pat Kenny & Sean O' Rourke are strong and Mary Wilson is good - even if the endless sports bulletins are very bloody annoying. For pete's sake, he has half an hour of his own show directly after Wilson! Leave it til then!

Tubridy - 90% rubbish
Derek Mooney- woeful dross
"Drivetime with Des" - ditto
"Drivetime with Dave"......... actually quite good

I find myself listening to Hook more and more. The format of the slots is more likely to get a debate going between Hook and the people he is speaking to - whereas Matt Cooper tends to be formulaic: 4 or 5 scripted questions from Goldilocks, followed by a cringeworthy cynical quip, then cut to the ads.

For anyone who doesnt listen to George Hook, but needs a good introduction: TUNE IN AT 5.30PM ON FRIDAYS and you will here a guy called Michael Graham give a rundown on the events in the US that week. The guy is a Neo-Con nutter, and every single week it descends into a bickering match of Neo-Con v European Liberal.

If you want something to sum up just how far ahead of Newstalk RTE has shot: compare and contrast Derek Mooney with Moncrieff.......
i agree with you on moncrieff....that show is great, but i think the lunchtime show is rubbish with eamon keane, i just cant stand the guy...the smugness is dripping out of my speakers
 

MINISTER

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I have strong information that Sean O' Rourke and Mary Wilson would have sympathetic FF leanings and it will be interesting to listen if their bias shines during the campaign
 

Kf

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What about Phantom. A potentially great station but has way too much traffic news, pointless gabber, hordes of ads and piss poor presenters . The worse is some middle aged american, calling himself Sinister Pete, with a whining voice, poor taste in music who says ever day "I am going to try and squish as much music I can in the next half hour".

Really irritating man.

That said edle coffey is great and when most of the DJs do actually play a track its 90% of the time great.
 

factual

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I believe that more money is needed to finance better public service radio, but that this should come from progressive tax rather than the licence fee, which is regressive
 

sarak

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phantom used to be brilliant but SOOOOOOOO crap now. edle coffey is great though I agree
 

Seos

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Re: Rubbish RTE Radio

spike said:
The problem is that the home competition, eg TV3 TnG and that excuse of a Channel in Dublin are no real competition at all...starting to sound like the Dail all over again.
Actually TG4 is IMO the best Irish channel, certainly better then tv3 and probably better then RTÉ, defintely if you consider the budget differences. TG4 have more and better documentaries (do they just dub most of them into Irish? I dunno how they'd manage so many otherwise but either way they're usually interesting), better presenters, the films are as good. The sports commentary is probably only ok but considering the other channel's commentary...
But then if you don't unterstand Irish you'll have to be very tolerant to subtitles and have no live commentary but if you do understand it TG4 is the best!

The ads with the mix of an American drama with Ros na Rún are hilarious!

EDIT:
I know your point is about the competing with RTÉ and it's true that RTÉ out proforms them on ratings but I believe TG4 deserves more and that's my point and opinion.
 

The Trinity Politick

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The Right Hook is the best current affairs program by far
 

MINISTER

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Great to see RTE back on form today.....really easy interviews for Bertie and FF. (TV news also very pro FF this evening) Perfectly expected as the licence review is underway. Sad isn't it. :roll: :roll:
 

FakeViking

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Mad Mack had a completely free reign with Joe Duffy today, he bullied his way into studio and was freely allowed to waffle for 20 minutes with no interruption!
 

CJH

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Kf said:
What about Phantom. A potentially great station but has way too much traffic news, pointless gabber, hordes of ads and piss poor presenters . The worse is some middle aged american, calling himself Sinister Pete, with a whining voice, poor taste in music who says ever day "I am going to try and squish as much music I can in the next half hour".

Really irritating man.

That said edle coffey is great and when most of the DJs do actually play a track its 90% of the time great.
Agreed, he's shite. Phantom is stuck in the mid-90s with its formulaic indie asshole music for posers and losers who care more about how their sunglasses look than how good the songs are.

Best daytime national music show is John Kelly on Lyric - superb. In the evenings The Blue of the Night on Lyric, An Taobh Tuathail on RnaG and Dunne and Dineen on TodayFM are all very good.
 

Scribbler

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The Trinity Politick said:
The Right Hook is the best current affairs program by far
:shock: You must be joking. He spends most of his time trying to blurt the question out.
Verbal constipation followed by a large release of wind.
 

CJH

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Scribbler said:
The Trinity Politick said:
The Right Hook is the best current affairs program by far
:shock: You must be joking. He spends most of his time trying to blurt the question out.
Verbal constipation followed by a large release of wind.
Yeah - he's great on the rugby, but rubbish on the radio. The new Dunphy he certainly is not
 
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