Joe Duffy & Ivan Yates row continues as ex-TD backs up Liveline dig
31st August 2021
Ivan Yates has backed up his controversial comments about Joe Duffy’s Liveline, comparing the phone-in programme to the likes of the Jeremy Kyle show.© Provided by Extra.ie
The former Newstalk presenter got Joe Duffy’s back up when he publically advised that anyone on a ‘sticky wicket’ avoids speaking on Liveline, and opt for different RTE shows such as Claire Byrne or Ray D’Arcy.
The recommendation came as a teaser for Ivan’s new media masterclass, which offers attendees a day-long course on everything he has learned during his time in the media for the price of €1,500.© Provided by Extra.ie Ivan Yates will host a Media Mediaclass in Dublin from September. Pic: Collins
Speaking to The Irish Sun about Ivan’s Liveline comments, Joe Duffy said: ‘If that’s Ivan’s advice, his clients should be looking for their money back.’
The RTE presenter noted that his long-running phone-in show has an audience of ‘400,000 listeners, which is four times the audience of any radio or TV show fronted by Ivan.’
Defending Liveline’s reputation, Joe insisted that the biggest names in business are phoning into the programme, ‘from Michael O’Leary down.’© Provided by Extra.ie Defending Liveline’s reputation, Joe insisted that the biggest names in business are phoning into the programme, ‘from Michael O’Leary down.’ Pic: RTÉ
However, speaking to Ireland AM on Tuesday morning, Ivan said that he stands by his comments, and while he advises that no one runs away from the media, he repeated that ‘you should avoid Liveline if you’re on a sticky wicket.’
The former Fine Gael politician said: ‘Now, if you’re Kellie Harrington, or if you’ve created a cure for cancer, by all means, go on Liveline. But if you’re defending a salary of €500,000 a year, I wouldn’t go on Liveline.
‘Simply because it’s contrived to create more heat than light. It’s not necessarily, you know, a really high-ratings programme… and the way it’s designed — the entertainment value — in the same way as Jeremy Springer, in the same way as Jeremy Kyle, is to get a row going, to get controversy going.© Provided by Extra.ie Speaking to Ireland AM on Tuesday morning, Ivan said that he stands by his comments. Pic: Rolling News
‘This, perhaps isn’t the best milieu, if you’ve got a complex issue… if you’re a minister doing savage cutbacks, I wouldn’t advise you to go on.’
For an additional €450, Ivan Yates is offering clients a one-to-one online session with him, during which, he will grill attendees on their chosen topics.
On his course, Ivan insisted: ‘I’m sure it will help a lot of people to become their own best PR person as opposed to hiring a spin doctor.’