With Micheal O'Muircheartaigh seat still warm in Montrose, the GAA have signalled the end of the national broadcasters dominant position in the holding of radio commentary rights. With Matt Cooper doing his best to tone down the effect years and years in South Dublin has had on him on TV3, the same will be asked of the boys at Newstalk.
Somewhere right now Micheal is turning his computer monitor off, scalding the tea-pot and having a good oul laugh to himself..
GAA Rights Go To TV3, RTE, TG4 & Newstalk
Cumann Lúthchleas Gael has today announced details arising from the recent
tender process for GAA media rights (Television and Radio) for 2011-2014.
In relation to television, RTÉ will broadcast 31 Championship games and TV3
will cover nine, totaling 40 GAA Championship matches to be broadcast live
TV3 will also broadcast both minor All-Ireland finals.
TG4 will air Sunday Allianz League games and Setanta will have the rights to
Saturday games in the same competition.
TG4 will also have the rights to broadcast club and colleges games and have
also secured a new mid-week package of live Wednesday night games from the
Ulster Bank Third Level Colleges Competitions and the Cadburys U21 Football
In radio, RTÉ remain the primary rights holder and for the first time Newstalk
have been awarded live broadcast rights for second choice Championship
“We are delighted with the high interest in the broadcast rights for our games
and we believe this is the correct balance between showing live games and our
commitment to supporting club activity.” stated Uachtarán Chumann
Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana.
He added: “We would like to thank our broadcast partners for their continued
interest in bringing our games to GAA supporters and would also like to
welcome Newstalk who will be GAA media partners for the first time.”
The GAA will now go to tender for international rights.
Rights commence at the beginning of the 2011 Championship and finish after
the 2014 League.