Letter to the Editor: Outside TV broadcasts of a storm in a teacup

I love a good old storm. Watching the coverage on the news bulletins on TV from around the country is like watching coverage of the St Patrick’s Day parades.

Letter to the Editor: Outside TV broadcasts of a storm in a teacup

I love a good old storm. Watching the coverage on the news bulletins on TV from around the country is like watching coverage of the St Patrick’s Day parades.

Virgin Media TV News bulletin at 5.30pm on Sunday had three outside broadcasts: One from Waterford in a yellow alert zone, one from Kerry at the height of the red alert warning for the county, and one outside Met Éireann HQ in Dublin.

Things were pretty calm in all three areas. However not to be outdone VMTV brought us back to all three locations later in the bulletin. Not much had changed in the meantime although the Ferris wheel in Waterford, which was spinning happily away, did look quite well.

On the RTÉ Six One bulletin they managed just two outside broadcasts even though that in itself was overkill. I presume the reason they placed Pascal Sheehy in front of a shiny red fire engine in Kerry was because of the lack of action elsewhere in the county.

His opening statement of “I have seen it worse here before” summed it up. A report from Galway showed a Galway 2020 Capital of Culture flag barely fluttering in the background.

On the 9pm RTÉ bulletin poor old Galway was abandoned in favour of Sligo. I guess the flacid flag let us down. There was a bit of a breeze here alright, but nothing you wouldn’t encounter on an average walk along the Prom in Salthill at this time of year.

Eileen Magnier was strategically placed in front of a few palm trees to add effect. A few body movements on her behalf gave the impression of her battling against a raging storm. Things had picked up a bit in Kerry as well, which by now strangely was out of the red zone.

God be with the days when Teresa Mannion had to shout into the camera in Salthill in order to be heard and was knocked down by falling STOP sign. Well, maybe not the latter but at least we had a proper storm and it could have actually flattened the aforementioned sign.

I look forward to the next storm and the gripping coverage of its progress on our TV channels.

Tommy Roddy

Lower Salthill

Galway

This reader's opinion was first published in the print edition of the Irish Examiner on December 10, 2019

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