RTÉ seeks op­er­a­tor of ‘dis­loyal’ Twit­ter ac­count

Irish Examiner - - News - Joe Leogue

RTÉ has said it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing who is be­hind an anony­mous Twit­ter ac­count which claims to air the views of a “long-serv­ing pro­ducer” at the State broad­caster.

A state­ment from RTÉ said the com­pany “de­plores” the con­tent of the ac­count, ac­cus­ing it of be­ing “dis­loyal” and a dis­ser­vice to staff. The @rtes­e­cret­pro ac­count has amassed over 5,000 fol­low­ers since it first tweeted nine days ago and has touched upon a num­ber of top­ics from be­hind the scenes at the sta­tion.

“Since the re­ces­sion hit a decade ago, there have been ba­si­cally no pro­mo­tions. The same peo­ple are in the same jobs they were in 2008,” one tweet reads. “It’s like that be­cause the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in here think what they are do­ing is point­less,” it said.

The ac­count has also crit­i­cised the sta­tion’s re­cent ap­proach to young per­son’s pro­gram­ming, claim­ing RTÉ is mak­ing “stuff par­ents would ap­prove of, rather than kids would want to watch”.

“To clar­ify. There are com­mit­ted & tal­ented peo­ple here, but bad sys­tems, petty in­fight­ing & dis­il­lu­sioned staff make it dif­fi­cult to do good,” the anony­mous tweeter said.

The per­son be­hind the ac­count also crit­i­cised sports cov­er­age. “No mis­sion. No style. No joy.” — and said there’s a lack of in­no­va­tion at RTÉ be­cause the sta­tion is “the op­po­site of Lo­gan’s Run — there’s no­body un­der 30 in RTÉ”.

RTÉ yes­ter­day is­sued a state­ment on the ac­count.

“RTÉ is seek­ing to es­tab­lish the iden­tity of the in­di­vid­ual be­hind the @rtes­e­cret­pro ac­count.

“RTÉ de­plores the con­tent and in­ten­tion of this ac­count. It is pro­foundly dis­loyal to staff.

“It brings the or­gan­i­sa­tion into dis­re­pute, and in a pub­lic fo­rum, is a dis­ser­vice to all of us who work in RTÉ,” the state­ment read.

“RTÉ has com­pre­hen­sive so­cial me­dia guide­lines which must be ad­hered to by all staff. RTÉ has no fur­ther comment to make at this time.”

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