Pat Kenny and Claire Byrne’s shows draw most of the complaints at BAI, but none have been confirmed


Pat Kenny and Claire Byrne topped the complaints lists last year, with their shows accounting for more than a third of all complaints filed with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).

That’s what the BAI said last year, 206 formal complaints were received, 44 of which related to the Pat Kenny Show and 23 about Claire Byrne Live, although none of these complaints were complied with.

The only other show to draw more than a dozen complaints was a highly controversial New Year’s Eve show on RTÉ, which embroiled God in a sex abuse scandal.

The segment – which prompted 29 individual complaints to the BAI and hundreds more directly to RTÉ – resulted in a voluntary disclosure of non-compliance by the public broadcaster.

An analysis of the 206 complaints shows how 127 of them related to RTÉ television channels or its radio stations.

Of these, a total of 75 related to the RTÉ One television and a further 44 to the content broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.

Newstalk generated more than a quarter of all complaints at the BAI last year, accounting for 58 of the 206 total, most of which related to Pat Kenny’s radio show. Claire Byrne has also attracted an outsized number of complaints, according to the data.

Your RTÉ TV show Claire Byrne Live resulted in 23 complaints to the BAI during its radio broadcast Today with Claire Byrne another nine generated although none of these have been fully or partially confirmed.

Joe Duffys live line saw eight complaints to the BAI, another six about it Tomorrow Irelandfive over RTÉs prime timeand four each over the Six-One Messages and Live at noon on Newstalk.

Another came from Fine Gael through a program called National Treasures who presented the winning candidate Ivana Bacik in the run-up to the Dublin Bay South by-election. RTÉ later blamed an “accidental error” for inclusion in its schedule, and the complaint is listed as “denied” in the BAI minutes.

Complaints about advertising from Kinder, a local butcher in Co Meath, and bookmaker Paddy Power have also been filed. although all were either deemed invalid or rejected.

Complaints about this have been recorded The Angelustwo about the USA pliving iInauguration ceremony and one related to a football match between Arsenal and Benfica.

The number of complaints submitted to the BAI has risen sharply by almost 90 percent in the past year according to the records published under FOI while in 2020 109 formal complaints were lodged that jumped considerably to 206 last year.

The outcome of last year’s cases resulted in 58 of them being invalidated, a further 61 rejected and 19 of them deemed “solved”.

There were eight complaints confirmed 10 partially confirmed while 50 Cases are still under review by the Broadcasting Authority.

All eight of the fully confirmed cases related to the controversial New Year’s Eve show “Gott” on RTÉ.

The cases that were partially granted came from different programs, including three from news reporter breakfast and three of hers hard shoulder Program.

Asked about the level of complaints against the broadcaster and in particular the Pat Kenny Showa Newstalk spokesperson said they had no comment to make.

In a statement, a spokesman for RTÉ said: “[Our] The program continues to delight record-breaking audiences on radio, television and online year after year, setting consistently high standards.

“In view of New Year’s Eve countdown programme, RTÉ publicly admitted that a skit on that show violated legal and regulatory requirements and RTÉ’s own policies, and made a voluntary disclosure of non-compliance to the BAI.” Pat Kenny and Claire Byrne’s shows draw most of the complaints at BAI, but none have been confirmed

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