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Inside RTÉ: A Memoir

Inside RTÉ: A Memoir


by Betty Purcell

“She is fearless about reporting the struggle for political dominance during her early days at the station.” Irish Independent

C-format, paperback | 256pp | ISBN: 978-1-84840-320-8 | Release Date: April 2014

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For over thirty-three years, Betty Purcell has been inside RTÉ. An award-winning producer in both radio and television, she has worked with presenters including Marian Finucane, John Bowman, Pat Kenny and John Kelly. She was involved in the ground-breaking Women Today programme from 1979, and later produced Questions & Answers, The Late Late Show and Would You Believe. Never far from controversy, Betty Purcell has fought battles against the Irish government, RTÉ management and the infamous Workers’ Party, as well as bringing a landmark case against State censorship to Europe in 1991. In this book, she reveals what goes on behind the scenes in the national public service broadcaster of Ireland.


Inside RTÉ isn’t just for insiders - it’s a well-crafted memoir of a life of passionate, selfless, committed contrariness in relentless pursuit of truth and transparency.
— The Sunday Times
Inside RTÉ is a personal and revealing memoir...a fascinating and thoroughly engaging read.
— Hot Press
The book is a compelling look beyond the velvet curtain of RTE, laying bare the elbow grease happening behind the scenes.
— Irish Independent