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# Broadcasting Authority

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# Banned
Russian state-controlled news channel RT removed from Irish screens; Russia blocks Twitter and Facebook
The EU banned broadcasts of the channel on Wednesday as part of a package of sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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# post election
BAI rejects complaint over description of Joe Biden as 'President Elect' in November news bulletin
Another complaint relating to an on-air jingle on Today FM was also rejected by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
# eff em radio
Five separate complaints over use of 'f*ck', 'sh*t' and 'Jesus Christ' rejected by watchdog
In all five cases, the complaints were made by the same person.
# eighth debate
Broadcasting watchdog rejects complaints of bias during Eighth Amendment referendum TV debates
The three complaints were made about shows broadcast on Virgin Media Television.
# media plurality
Netflix in the firing line as BAI looks to change how streaming sites suggest content for Irish viewers
The authority launched a public consultation on the proposals yesterday.
# the eighth amendment
TV and radio stations warned using stopwatch can 'straitjacket' referendum debates
“When somebody is brought into the studio, the instinct is ‘I must bring somebody with the other viewpoint into the studio as well’. That’s not the case.”
# Broadcasting Authority
Morning Ireland was unfair in calling Kevin Myers a 'Holocaust denier' - BAI
Myers previously described himself as such in describing his issues with the word ‘holocaust’ itself, rather than in denying the genocide of European Jews during World War II.
# kinvara fm
Villagers in this Galway community are buying up shares in their own local radio station
Kinvara FM is the new community radio station based in the south Galway village.
# bold bai
Someone made an official complaint over Oliver Callan talking about Thomas Clarke's genitalia
There were three complaints made in relation to coverage around the 1916 Rising.
# The Right Hook
BAI rejects complaint that George Hook fuelled anti-Islamic hate speech
A woman complained about a show in which he discussed Muslim students and also the New Years sex attacks in Germany.
# Cork
Radio host's comment about asylum seekers 'going to the beach' didn't break broadcasting rules
A presenter on Cork City Community Radio had suggested that a decision to offer an asylum seeker a university place was unfair to Irish-born families.
# Broadcasting Authority
Ray D'Arcy show on abortion broke rules on fairness and impartiality
The BAI upheld complaints about the presenter’s RTÉ show, and said it could not be considered objective.
# can't say that
Radio presenters slapped on wrist for talking about 'Irish language Taliban'
FM104′s Phoneshow included comments that Irish-speakers were “nutters”.
# Broadcasting
Complaint about 'unfair' Liveline interview with priest upheld by watchdog
The priest went on air to defend an article he had written about Enda Kenny in Alive! newspaper.
# Unplugged
Ryan Tubridy 'butt plugs' complaint resolved by broadcasting watchdog
The BAI received a complaint over an item on Tubridy’s 2FM show discussing the use of sex toys.
# Broadcasting
TV3 Psychic Flathan responds to BAI ruling: "I cannot talk about the complaints"
The Psychic, who is in Ireland next month, said he had no knowledge of the complaints and that he makes the show for himself.
# Media
Broadcasting Authority 'not obliged' to review Denis O'Brien's media holdings
The broadcasting watchdog says Denis O’Brien doesn’t “control” Independent News & Media – he just has “a substantial interest”.
# Media
BAI to write to O'Brien's Communicorp to discuss media ownership
The broadcasting watchdog will write to Denis O’Brien’s radio company, “on the subject matter of control and ownership”.
# Tweferendum
No rules to stop #euref campaigns from continuing on social media
They can’t talk about it, but they can tweet about it. Political parties take to social media to continue campaigning.
# Bai
In full: The BAI report into RTÉ's Mission to Prey programme
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has published its final report into the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme which libelled Fr Kevin Reynolds.
# Media Diversity
BAI will consider ownership of newspapers in approving broadcast takeovers
The new Ownership and Control Policy is the blueprint under which authorities will consider whether to block a takeover.
Pat Kenny show rapped by BAI over Bertie Ahern discussion
The Authority said a panel discussion of a book on the former Taoiseach’s finances had been “unfair”.
# Sean Gallagher
Gallagher complains to BAI over 'game-changing' tweet
Gallagher’s performance on The Frontline debate was seen as a game-changing moment in the Race for the Áras but he is not happy about his treatment by RTÉ.
Pat Rabbitte: Heads should not roll at RTÉ... yet
The communications minister said an inquiry into the Fr Kevin Reynolds broadcast would establish the full facts of the case.
# Sean Gallagher
Gallagher campaign to complain to BAI over hoax tweet on RTÉ debate
Gallagher’s performance on The Frontline debate was seen as a game-changing moment in the Race for the Áras.