Eoin O’Dell’s request to have the Irish election debate made freely available has been turned down. Everybody in the debate studio will have been paid by the taxpayer. Yet us taxpayers won’t have the right to make non-commercial copies of the debate.
I recently tried to get a licence to show some RTE news footage on Votetube. I filled in all the forms on their website to make the request over a week ago. I have heard nothing back. As a result, viewers have been deprived of relevant footage and RTE has been deprived of revenue.
RTE just doesn’t get what the Internet is doing to media.