Dunphy rapped for on-air HSE rant

BROADCASTER Eamon Dunphy has been censured by broadcasting watchdogs for an on-air tirade against the Health Service Executive (HSE).

However, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC) in its latest bulletin rejected a complaint against rival host Gerry Ryan for likening Jesus Christ to a Palestinian terrorist.

The BCC rounded on Mr Dunphy for his hostile views on the HSE and claims that nurses were “dossing” at Limerick’s Mid-Western Regional Hospital instead of working.

The HSE declined to put up a spokesman live on air so Mr Dunphy told listeners: “It’s a propaganda war as far as they are concerned and they’re not even prepared to engage in debate.”

The BCC upheld a HSE complaint against NewsTalk 106 breakfast show, saying the health service had been treated unfairly.

NewsTalk should have respected the HSE’s decision against putting up a spokesman and offered to broadcast a statement.

In the case of Gerry Ryan, the 2FM host was discussing The Da Vinci Code film on his show when a listener called in to say Catholics should boycott the film.

Mr Ryan said: “Debate is at the very core of what He [Jesus] did. This guy [Jesus] was a Palestinian terrorist.”

Listener Kevin Conry said he found Ryan’s comment blasphemous.

But the BCC cleared Mr Ryan after saying the presenter had qualified his views later by saying Christ was a subversive who stood up to the Romans.

The BCC said Mr Ryan could have chosen different words but added: “There was no evidence of gratuitously offensive content.”

The commission upheld a complaint against NewsTalk for running a misleading advertisement about windows and non-existent regulations, while Longford-based radio station Shannonside FM was rapped for a one-sided debate on An Bord Pleanála’s decision to turn down a holiday development in Boyle.

BCC decisions

THE broadcasting watchdog considered 19 complaints, threw out two anonymous ones and deferred two for further consideration.

Of the 15 left, they upheld three and rejected 12.

UPHELD:

* Eamon Dunphy for his tirade against the Health Service Executive and its claims that nurses in Limerick were “dossing”.

* NewsTalk 106 for a window advertisement about non-existent regulations.

* Longford’s Shannonside FM for a one-sided debate that ended when the host rounded on a lone man.

REJECTED:

* Gerry Ryan, for likening Jesus Christ to a Palestinian terrorist.

* Lucozade, over a zombie ad that frightened a little girl.

* Morning Ireland and Today with Pat Kenny, for a tribute to Samuel Beckett featuring the words “f**k” and “prick”.

* RTÉ’s Round Midnight, in which a guest mused if the “Body of Christ” was “rare or well done”.

* Tubridy Tonight, after comic Tommy Tiernan said variations on the f-word six times.

* RTÉ’s Prime Time, for Irish Daily Star editor Gerard Colleran’s forthright views on privacy laws and the Church, Charlie Haughey and the gardaí in Donegal.

* The makers of Moro chocolate bar, for footage of a dog on a man’s leg.

* NewsTalk 106, for a newspaper discussion about the Church.

More in this section

Price info
IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.