TV Licence Inspectors Face ‘Aggressive Verbal Abuse’ over RTÉ Scandals

TV licence inspectors face ‘aggressive verbal abuse’ over RTÉ scandals

TV licence inspectors have faced ‘very aggressive verbal abuse’ on the back of the crisis at RTÉ.

Inspections had to be abandoned at various times last year with resilience training being provided to staff.

The national broadcaster was at the centre of numerous scandals after an external audit uncovered undisclosed payments to former presenter Ryan Tubridy.

Irish Independent Industry Correspondent Anne-Marie Walsh told The Pat Kenny Show inspectors were confined to ‘non-contact visits’ several times.

“They were halted at a number of periods, I believe, during the whole scandal and various controversies that we’ve seen,” she said.

“I think what they did is, they went up to the homes where they suspected a licence wasn’t being paid and would put flyers or leaflets in to remind people and possibly then return to the office.

Admin staff might then contact the person involved by phone rather than calling to the house and leaving themselves wide open to this sort of abuse”.

Credit to : Newstalk

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