Originally Posted by Telefís
I agree about the lack of necessity for regional television in Ireland; it was merely done before because it was possible rather than because it was needed. When/if DTT comes on stream, no doubt similar silly proposals will be made just because it is possible to do. We're simply too small to have any real cultural differences - not that they even exist in the UK either to the extent that regional television there would have us believe.
Ireland by and large does not need regional television, not least for the most part because it's generally muck, save the odd factual programme or two. It merely forces a contrived and stilted, ironically almost non-existent cultural difference on viewers. In Ireland, a strong regional service means only one thing: a furthering of relations between Dublin and 'the rest of the country' - something we could very much so do without. I don't have a problem with certain current affairs programmes opting out to deal with specifically local issues, but that is all.
And certainly do not regionalise the latter half-hour of Six One. The last thing we need is a currently decent half hour of prime time consumed with stories of firemen saving babies and announcements of multistorey car parks by the local FF councillor, as per BBC Newsline.
Good God save us all should that day ever arise.
Well I disagree about Regional TV, but agree about Six One.
I have lived outside Belfast in the North for about 20 year,
In Belfast for 6 years
Nearly 2 years total in South Dublin
Over 1 year in Israel
About 5 months total in England
About 2 months total in USA
2 Years in Co. Clare village
About 14 years in Limerick City
About 7 years in Co. Limerick.
From my perspective Belfast and Dublin have more in common with each other than with the rest of Ireland. The Montrose/Donnybrook/Dublin "mindset" of RTE / TV3 is grating in the "provenances" as is often the oddly similar "Mindset" of UTV / BBC N.I.
Though we joke sometimes of Dublin being "Western Britian" it isn't much like Evesham / Avon area.
Revisiting N.I. (Carrickfergus, not Belfast) after a 10 year break for 6 months after a year in Israel was very, very painful. It was a relief to get back "home" to Limerick.
Regional programming "for the sake of it" is a waste of money and annoying to everyone. But good regional program making with the best showning nationwide would help national cohesiveness. One of Limerick papers now has sections from Polish, Russian, Chinese etc writers reflecting significant new aspects of "Irish" culture.
Irish Culture is neither just about Temple bar/ Dundrum etc nor Irish Dancing and singing in Ennis. RTE IMO has too narrow a view of "culture" and "ethnic".