Written Answers. - Ministerial Comments on RTE Programmes.

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asked the Minister for Posts and Telegraphs the number of occasions since March 1973 on which he has verbally or in writing contacted the RTE authorities to communicate his displeasure with certain programmes.

I have meetings with the chairman of the RTE Authority from time to time for the purpose of discussing matters arising from my responsibilities under the Broadcasting Authority Acts. I have not kept a record of the particular meetings during which I made verbal comment on RTE programmes. I made comments in writing to the chairman of the RTE Authority on five occasions since March, 1973, on the broadcasting treatment given to matter relating to violent organisations.