RTE boss: Pantigate had upside in sparking debate

The head of RTÉ has said the recent 'Panti-Gate' controversy helped to open an important debate about homophobia in Ireland.

Noel Curran is appearing before an Oireachtas Committee to answer questions about the €85,000 paid out to five people after defamation claims were levelled at the Saturday Night Show.

Mr Curran and head of news Kevin Bakhurst both say they want to see changes to the Defamation Act to protect honestly held opinions in the wake of the controversy.

However, Noel Curran said the controversy sparked a public debate about homophobia.

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