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RTE probes ‘idiots’ jibe at Spanish on TV news

RTE has concluded its investigation into complaints that Spanish people were called “idiots” on a national news report.

Spanish Ambassador Dona Mercedes Rico lodged an official complaint to the Irish national broadcaster after the Nine O'Clock News broadcast a segment from Barcelona when Spain won the World Cup.

A Catalan woman interviewed by the reporter branded people from Spain as “idiots”.

But the Spanish Ambassador in Dublin took offence to the remark and wrote to RTE to complain. Additional viewers notified the broadcaster that they felt the report had an “anti-Spanish” tone.

A spokeswoman for RTE said that, as with all complaints, it was taken seriously.

“We confirmed at the time that we received a complaint from the Spanish embassy,” she said. “This was complaint was taken seriously. And we have nothing further to add.”

The YouTube clip of the RTE report has received over 14,000 hits and has sparked a debate between Spaniards and Catalans.

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