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Rat Catcher TV

Posted By Sally McNamara On February 19, 2009 @ 4:50 pm In International | Comments Disabled

Like all international bodies, the European Union is concerned about public diplomacy. So in order to communicate its message more effectively, the European Parliament launched its own internet-based TV Channel this September – “Europarl-TV [1]”.

At a cost of €40 million (c. $50 million) over four years, the Parliament’s Vice-President for Information and Communication Policy predicted it would garner an audience of 20-40 million viewers for important debates. Sadly, Bruno Waterfield from the Telegraph has burst the EU’s bubble by revealing that Europarl-TV attracts less than 1,200 viewers per day [2].

A quick perusal of Europarl-TV may reveal why: one of its leading segments on its “young Europe” section is a stunningly boring interview [3] with the European Parliament’s rat catcher. At a time of economic crisis and rising unemployment across Europe, the EU aptly demonstrates its irrelevancy once again. Perhaps Europarl-TV would do better to explain why MEP’s are considering spending up to €9.2 million (c. $11.7 million) [4] on a new fitness centre in the European Parliament instead of interviewing the local rodent exterminator.

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[1] Europarl-TV: http://www.europarltv.europa.eu/StartPage.aspx

[2] less than 1,200 viewers per day: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/bruno_waterfield/blog/2009/02/17/the_eu_is_a_turn_off

[3] stunningly boring interview: http://www.europarltv.europa.eu/youngEurope.aspx?action=viewVideo&packageId=b15c55c8-c891-4d78-8fd2-1d9e356f5d59

[4] spending up to €9.2 million (c. $11.7 million): http://diepresse.com/home/politik/eu/453765/index.do?from=rss

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