Window and Mirror: RTE Television: 1961-2011

Window and Mirror: RTE Television: 1961-2011


By (author) John Bowman


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  • Publisher: The Collins Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 258mm x 26mm | 1,120g
  • Publication date: 28 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cork
  • ISBN 10: 1848891350
  • ISBN 13: 9781848891357
  • Illustrations note: Photos
  • Sales rank: 190,698

Product description

December 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast by RTE television and Irish culture and society were irrevocably changed. Window and Mirror presents a critical overview of the national television station, an insider's 'warts and all' account of RTE and its fifty-year history. The infant service became a significant player in Irish politics, culture and media, the 'voice of the nation' through some turbulent recent periods and key moments in many areas of life. Contentious issues covered include: RTE's relationship with the Church, the GAA, the Government, the effect RTE had on the Irish language and coverage of Northern Ireland. Also discussed is controversial and influential programming, from investigations into clerical abuse and money lending, to the The Riordans, a pioneer in serial drama. RTE was not only a window on the wider world but also a mirror to Irish society. Photographs, cartoons, documents, and other graphics, many not seen before, help capture key moments. Window and Mirror highlights how RTE television had and continues to have unparalleled influence on Irish society.

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Author information

John Bowman is both a broadcaster and historian whose career as a broadcaster began in the 1960s. A highly recognizable figure of Irish media, he has presented documentaries, current affairs, and election-results programmes, among them Today Tonight and Questions & Answers. John completed a PhD, De Valera and the Ulster Question: 1917-1973, which was published by OUP in 1982 and won the Ewart-Biggs Award.

Review quote

"The history of RTE turns out to be the history of an Irish people determined to shape its own future, Bowman argues. In his insightful and evocatively illustrated new book Bowman conjures decades of Irish social change." -- Irish Voice "Irish Voice"