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TARGET: Ryan Tubridy’s show attracted 140 emails of complaint. Picture: Andres Poveda

TARGET: Ryan Tubridy’s show attracted 140 emails of complaint. Picture: Andres Poveda

Andres Poveda

TARGET: Ryan Tubridy’s show attracted 140 emails of complaint. Picture: Andres Poveda

Anti-vaccine activists and conspiracy theorists have rounded on RTÉ star Ryan Tubridy by submitting official complaints accusing him of "using children" to promote the Covid-19 vaccine on last month's Late Late Toy Show.

RTÉ says its complaints department received more than 140 emails about references to the pandemic on the show, while Broadcasting Authority Ireland (BAI) has confirmed it has dealt with two complaints relating to the "perceived promotion of vaccines" and mention of the Pfizer vaccine, with the claim the show had broken broadcast rules.

The Late Late Toy Show was watched by 1.7 million viewers in 138 countries on November 27, making it one of the most-viewed television shows on a single channel.

It is understood a number of the complaints relate to a feature on the show in which a child referred to the vaccine which is set to be rolled out in the UK this week.

Much of the criticism has been accelerated by Yellow Vest Ireland, a group which describes itself as a "people's movement" and opposes coronavirus-related vaccines, restrictions and masks.

As one of the country's best-paid television and radio presenters, Mr Tubridy has long been a target for social media trolling, but the vitriol has intensified in the past 10 days.

A BAI spokeswoman said it received two complaints about the Toy Show and in line with its internal process the complainants were referred to RTÉ "in the first instance to make their complaints directly to the broadcaster".

"If the complainants are unhappy with the response from the broadcaster, they can then refer their complaints to the BAI," she added.

A spokeswoman for RTÉ said it received more than 140 emails from members of the public about references to Covid-19 on The Late Late Toy Show, explaining the "vast majority of these are not being treated as formal complaints, but are classified as feedback".

"Online, The Late Late Toy Show exceeded 500,000 streams live and on-demand across the weekend, in what was a record-breaking weekend on RTÉ Player," added the spokeswoman.

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