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Tuesday, May 27, 2003  

Eurovision Coup

I'm a Eurovison fan and will blog more on the subject but for the minute I was shocked and horrified to read in today's Irish Times that despite the fact the telephone voting was introduced the heads in RTE ignored the vote and gave a result from their own jury anyway!! Outrageous!!

"Voters had a five-minute slot in which to register their selections after all of the songs had been performed. Because Ireland was third of the entries to disclose its voting, the phone lines could not be kept open for any longer than the five-minute slot. Eircom, which operated the phone lines, had agreed with RTÉ that it would collate all of the votes within nine to 10 minutes of lines closing. While the company fulfilled its obligation, RTÉ decided to use a jury verdict rather than phone votes.

Spokeswomen for both RTÉ and Eircom said RTÉ's Eurovision executive producer, Mr Colm O'Callaghan, had decided unless he had the results of the phone vote "in his hand" while Austria was still giving its vote, he would fall back on the jury vote. While the telephone vote was ready by the time Ireland was asked for its vote, Mr O'Callaghan had already made the decision to use the jury vote. "It was a live show and you couldn't really take a chance with something like this," the RTÉ spokeswoman said.

Eircom said its decision not to charge voters for their calls was a goodwill gesture and should not be interpreted as an admission of failure on its part regarding its role in the voting. "The system and the technology on our part worked as it should have on the night," a spokeswoman said."

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