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‘Frank in sex matters’: How Ireland got hooked on British TV, from 1953 to today


  • Registered Users Posts: 920 ✭✭✭ RoTelly

    I often wonder if anyone thought that audiences want choice and quality TV, neither of which Irish TV channels ever provided. Rather than the idea that we are purely we are some type of satellite of English TV.

    The introduction of TV and then DTT was done far too late. Indeed the intro of TnaG/TG4 was late as was TV3. Regulations for content were always very thin.

    RTÉ in the early days bemoan that the public just didn't understand that getting quality piece for TV was hard in such a small country. It was always the audience fault. and that attitude continues today. (Read Sit Down and Be Count).

    Now we blame it all on our appetite for "foreign" programming. Perhaps if RTÉ and Virgin Media did their jobs as national broadcasters.