BBC must deal with historic neglect of Gaelic Games – McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has today said his party has written to a senior BBC Executive asking for a meeting to discuss its historic neglect of Gaelic Games in the north.

The Foyle  MLA commented,

“Over the last few months we have raised the complete disparity in terms of BBC coverage of Gaelic Games compared to other sports.

“Sinn Féin has made recommendations to the BBC that they should be doing more to broadcast GAA on a par with its coverage of other sports.

“We have suggested the BBC broadcast regular highlights programmes, increases its live coverage of games on FM instead of MW and review its failures in bidding for more live TV games.

“Gaels in the north are BBC licence fee payers too and as such are entitled to expect improved coverage of games involving Ireland’s largest sporting body.

“Sinn Féin will be interested to hear how the BBC intends to address its historic neglect of Gaelic games both at club and county level.”