Former BBC NI boss Anna Carragher to investigate RTE programme

Fr Kevin Reynolds
Image caption Fr Kevin Reynolds received a cash settlement from RTE

A former BBC Northern Ireland Controller has been appointed to investigate the RTE Prime Time Investigates programme Mission to Prey.

The documentary wrongly accused Fr Kevin Reynolds of fathering a child with a minor in Kenya.

Anna Carragher will investigate the programme which was aired on 23 May.

RTE has apologised and paid a substantial settlement to the cleric.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland investigation will examine whether the programme segment dealing with Fr Reynolds breached the Irish Broadcasting Act in terms of fairness, objectivity and impartiality.

RTE's news and current affairs managing director Ed Mulhall has stepped aside from his role for the duration of the inquiry, as has its editor of current affairs Ken O'Shea.

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