Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said RTÉ must take the concerns and growing frustration among northern viewers on board when negotiating deals with satellite providers.
He was responding to an article in the Gaelic Life by RTÉ’s new Head of Sport.
Raymond McCartney said:
“I welcome acknowledgement by RTÉ of the growing frustration among people in the north at the constant blockage of sports programmes on satellite TV.
“I recognise there is complexity in licensing and broadcasting rights, but there is a responsibility on RTÉ to address these matters.
“RTÉ negotiate deals with satellite providers such as SKY, therefore they are in a position to renegotiate the terms to meet the needs of northern viewers.
“We recently launched the ‘Fair Play For Ulster Gaels’ campaign to ensure that the quarter of a million Gaels in the north would no longer be left behind when it comes to viewing rights.
“We will be meeting with RTÉ’s new Head of Sport in the coming days and I would call on them to put measures in place to end the disenfranchisement of sports fans in the north.”