Of the many public services offered by Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1, one of the biggest is the warning it gives that the world is stranger than you think – that people are walking around with ideas in your head that you would never have imagined, if you had just passed them on the street.
For example, Sarah from Tipperary told Katie Hannon – sitting in for Joe – about her deep interest in “the nuances of visual presentation”. And especially the way TV presenters tend to stand – even more specifically the way that female TV presenters on news shows tend to stand.
She’s coming to the right place, as Katie Hannon herself happens to be a female current affairs presenter – who, for her, is probably hearing these things for the first time.
Things like the way such women stand and the vulgarity of their posture – with their legs “possibly two feet apart” and sometimes “turning the left hip”.
According to Sarah, such a stance not only lacks “elegant”, it can even be interpreted as “somewhat sexually provocative”. It says “I’m strong, I’m sexy, I’m attractive”, which isn’t the message Sarah needs when she’s watching tanks roll over Ukraine.
Instead, she’s looking for some improvement – for what she calls “the buttons and bows on the behavior dress”.
Wisely, Hannon doesn’t argue and she doesn’t judge. Instead, she warmly encouraged Sarah to develop a more detailed analysis of these convictions, which she had apparently developed over a long period of time.
So Sarah went on to describe a more proper way of standing on TV, whereby you have “maybe one foot a little in front of the other.”
And she doesn’t exclude male presenters from her review, either, pointing out how they tend to swing slightly, with “one foot west, one foot north” – can be “woman-like” and look “riderless”.
There was an intervention from a caller, Ger, who strongly disagreed with Sarah. “Didn’t she have a life?” is the core of Ger’s argument.
But another caller, Noreen, was much more supportive of Sarah – proving that life is not only stranger than you think, but that even when you accept that it’s foreign, it’s actually still a little strange.
Noreen has also noted a drop in standards, especially in the case of a female sports presenter who “tends to cross her legs”.
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She also believes that the set is a formal place where the least a woman can do is put one foot behind the other and knees together – in contrast, men “behave very, very casually. good”.
Then there’s Helen, who elaborates on Sarah’s tips for posture, instructing Katie Hannon to “point the left foot straight forward and the right foot to be able to be four inches away from it, forward and backward. front of the left foot…”
The split – to some surprise – is “not no”. After all, she wouldn’t expect a man reading the news with four or five buttons on his shirt unbuttoned, it’s not a disco.
“This is not a party, this is not a disco, this is the Nine O Watch Newsletter”, you feel could be a useful tagline for RTÉ to adopt. Or they can wave goodbye to all just another Tuesday in Liveline.
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Unlike Sarah who is completely focused, golfer Graeme McDowell “never over-analyzes the morality and ethics behind the dollar bills” he makes.
He said above Driving time for RTÉ golf reporter Greg Allen – who has probably the best job in the world.
While it doesn’t pay as much as McDowell, G-Mac has now moved on to the free LIV tour that doesn’t require your money.
What bothers me about G-Mac is not necessarily interviews like this – in which he patrols the streets of Self-Compassion City – but his inability and that of the LIVers. to make a more persuasive argument.
They can plausibly claim that we are now deprived of the World Cup itself – one of the jewels of civilization – by a regime that purges sports in Qatar. And no one complains about it.
Well, almost no one…
Instead, they seem to be stuck in the company’s cliché about “all the negative things being turned around”. Some might even say that the G-Mac’s “stance” is not like that.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/radio/radio-review-liveline-teaching-the-tv-women-how-to-stand-properly-41826031.html Radio review: RTÉ Liveline – teaches TV women how to stand properly