RTE admits ‘error of judgement’ for interview training

DUBLIN: Irish broadcaster RTE has apologised after allowing news anchor Bryan Dobson to train health board executives on how to answer journalists’ questions.

RTE admitted an ‘error of judgement’, confirming that Dobson was granted permission before going ahead.

An RTE spokesperson said: ‘This was inappropriate as it could have created a conflict of interest.’

RTE said that its staff were often approached to offer training, and that the broadcaster’s policy was to make its decisions on a case-by-case basis.

‘Sometimes the work can be seen as a public service. For example, if it involves helping coastguards explain emergency planning,’ the spokesperson added.

In this case RTE said the problem was the timing of the work, which coincided with the publication of two major reports on the restructuring of the health service.

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