Dear TV Licence Payer,

“Thank you for your mail.”

Nice polite start.

“The Saturday Night Show in question is the subject of a legal complaint and we regret that for that reason we are unable to comment any further on the programme, or matters relating to it.  For this reason RTÉ is not in a position to respond substantively to your mail.”

Wait, so if it’s the subject of legal complaint, why has compensation already been paid? Wouldn’t that imply that legal avenues have been finished, that a court case was taken, or a settlement was agreed on the basis of legal advice, perhaps even on – as is traditional – the steps of the High Court?  And that therefore, you can respond substantively to my mail, you’re just choosing not to.

“However we would like to assure you that your correspondence and that of others on this topic will be circulated to senior editorial management and that RTÉ takes audience feedback very seriously.

Yours sincerely,

Maria Doogan
RTÉ Broadcast Compliance”

I find myself less than convinced…

Disclaimer: The information in this e-mail is confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this e-mail by anyone else is unauthorised. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution, or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on it, is prohibited and may be unlawful. Please note that emails to, from and within RTÉ may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and may be liable to disclosure.”

Legalistic, meaningless, unenforceable disclaimer.

It’s ironic, though.  I supported marriage equality, but wasn’t actively doing anything to help bring it about. The bollocks being perpetrated by the Iona Institute and their friends in high places in RTÉ, though… well, there’s a donation from me to Marriage Equality Ireland on the way, as a direct result of their censorship, followed by an apology to the wrong party.  (You can donate too, here.)


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