Communicorp bans Irish Times journalists

RTE and the Irish Times are reporting that all Irish Times journalists are banned from appearing as contributors to any Communicorp station until further notice.

Communicorp’s Chief Executive Adrian Serle informed staff this morning, and a statement from the Denis O’Brien owned group says the decision had been taken because of vile comments made by Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole in an article during the controversy over opinions expressed by Newstalk’s George Hook about rape and responsibility.

The ban applies to all Communicorp stations, including Today FM, Newstalk, 98FM and the two SPIN stations.

Communicorp says it had asked for an apology from the Irish Times for the article but the newspaper had refused. Irish Times Editor Paul O’Neil said there were no grounds for such an apology or for a retraction of the piece, which it said the media company had also sought.

He said Fintan O’Toole was entitled to express his opinion and that the Irish Times was entitled to publish it.

Read more at RTE and the Irish Times.

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  1. John Power says

    In the digital space, the Irish Times is a National Broadcaster of Audio-Visual content.
    The content consumer(previously known as ‘the viewer’ & ‘the listener’) sees Audio content(‘podcast’) as the domain of ‘Radio’, and Video content as that of ‘Television’
    Why would a Licensed National Radio give promotion to a competitor that operates in the digital space?
    More importantly, isn’t it about time for a change in the way ‘Media’ in Ireland seems to operate – Newspapers listen to the Radio,whilst Radio watches Television, and Television reads Newspapers and listens to the Radio.

    1. Donal O'Sullivan-Latchford says

      What has happened could also be thought of as a form of reciprocal censorship. One of their’s (Newstalk’s) got muzzled by the Irish Times, in a sense, so now the Irish Times has been muzzled by Newstalk. In terms of media wars, the use of censorship is akin to the use of nuclear weapons in international conflicts. We appear to be witnessing an escalation with unpredictable consequences…

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