GAA coverage by the BBC is under the spotlight with Newry and Armagh MLA, Justin McNulty along with colleague Pat Catney meeting with Eddie Doyle the BBC’s Head of Content Production and Jane Tohill the Head of Sport. The pair raised a number of concerns with the BBC on behalf of the huge and passionate GAA following in the North regarding the lack of Gaelic games coverage.

MLA Justin McNulty with Eddie Doyle the BBC’s Head of Content Production.
MLA Justin McNulty with Eddie Doyle the BBC’s Head of Content Production.

Mr McNulty commented: “It is imperative that the BBC consider the role they must play in ensuring that all citizens get equal access to GAA coverage. Over recent years while participation levels in Gaelic Games have increased, the coverage of our indigenous sports has been reduced to minimal levels on the BBC. This is unacceptable. I impressed on the BBC that as broadcasters who receive a licence fee, they have an obligation to meet the viewing demands of the huge numbers of people who have an interest in, and are passionate about Gaelic games.”

“Today was one of a number of meetings I have attended to navigate a way forward to ensure all providers are doing what they can to facilitate the growing interest in Gaelic games across the North. I reinforced the message to the BBC delegation that not alone are the GAA supporters entitled to view more live Ulster Senior Football Championship Games, but there was also a latent desire from the public to see more Ladies Gaelic Football matches, Hurling and Camogie Matches including Club Championship matches broadcast on BBC platforms, and this should be fully explored.”

“GAA fans in the North have as much right to enjoy the game they love as supporters in the South, and the SDLP will continue to lobby on their behalf until there is equality of coverage across the whole island of Ireland.”

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