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Annual Christmas Exedous RTE

  • 21-12-2021 8:28am
    Registered Users Posts: 26,691 ✭✭✭✭

    I've never quite got this annual Christmas Exedous from the News Studio's at RTE. Firstly everyone is of course entitled to holidays but it seems extraordinary any employer, let alone a National Broadcaster deems it appropriate to vacate the premises for extended periods over the festive season. It's not as if there's quite enough news going on.

    This year it started earlier than normal, the week in Politics, The late Debate, Saturday with Katie Hannon all closed till January, some might argue this is because the Dail in recess, I would argue, the country certainly is not (albeit some will say the hospitality sector is) but that's another issue.

    The 6 one News team vacated the building last Friday, one presenter yesterday, it begs the question why bother with 2 in the first place and no doubt as we get closer to Christmas the time slot will reduce.

    This morning, the Morning Ireland crew won't be in till 8am god bless them.

    Is this really good enough is my question, it would seem every second advert on RTE reminds us of our need to purchase our TV License.

    Perhaps, there is no news, perhaps the country comes to a stand still for 2/3 weeks, who knows.

    I can only presume the Celeb presenters have left the building also, I see Claire Byrne covered by PBH yesterday.

    That's my morning rant over, I guess it's Newstalk for the next few weeks 😁

    Happy Christmas one and all

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 64,291 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    I'd expect a lot of salaried staff are carrying significant amounts of unused annual leave due to demands earlier in the year plus a much reduced summer holiday season. Many workplaces are on skeleton staff now.

    The political shows are always tied to Dail sessions, they wouldn't be able to get the politicians on otherwise. News would be slowing down slightly, not as much as a normal year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,263 ✭✭✭JoeA3

    Yeah, while RTE do have previous form for this, I don't think its unusual at all, this year particularly. In my workplace, a large % of staff have taken off early for the Christmas break. Its a case of use the holidays or lose them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,691 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1

    I see you point but "Demands earlier in the year🤔, what Demands exactly 😁"

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,691 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1

    Excellent points and I suppose my main argument is the news aspect of RTE's remit as a national Broadcaster.

    It just amazes me they just seem to vacate the news room for extended periods over Christmas. This said I wouldn't take away from the excellent people who Fill in.

    And as you correctly alluded too, there is quite enough to be reporting on.

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭Ballycommon Mast

    Virgin Medias (TV3) news service is going off the air completely for 2 weeks, same thing happened last year.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,619 ✭✭✭✭Losty Dublin

    2004; Tsunami; Newstalk; Automation.

  • Registered Users Posts: 381 ✭✭Ballycommon Mast

    It's only in recent times that Newstalk have pulled up their socks, they were in automation/repeat mode too the night the EU/IMF bailout was announced.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,032 ✭✭✭StevenToast

    This thread should be merged with oiling up the tape decks in montrose

    "Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining." - Fletcher

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,691 ✭✭✭✭Dempo1

    Hi, I agree, I hadn't actually noticed the other thread when I started this one, not sure if Mods can merge 👌

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

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