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BBC treatment of Gaelic Games ‘second-class’

9 November, 2007


Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has called on the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure to meet with the BBC to discuss the second-class treatment that Gaelic Games receives compared with other sports.

Councillor Campbell said:

"The debate around the lack of coverage of Gaelic games on BBC has re-ignited in the press this week and it is important that the GAA is now given the recognition that it deserves by the broadcasting corporation. The BBC sidelining of the GAA is grossly unfair and GAA fans that pay their license fees are not being catered for.

"The GAA is by far the most popular sport in the north but still it receives second-class treatment from the BBC compared with other sports. The lack of radio and television coverage of recent club championship games was an absolute disgrace.

"How can the BBC justify sending a reporter to a soccer match with 80 supporters in attendance but have no-one present at GAA matches that have an attendance over 30 times that number? Such anomalies must be addressed.

"Sinn Féin have asked the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure to meet with the BBC to discuss this matter and to ensure that adequate resources and coverage is given to the GAA in the future. Edwin Poots is the Minister responsible for Sport in the Six Counties and must defend all sporting traditions in the north, including Gaelic Games.

"I would urge fans to write to Minister Poots, as well as the BBC , to help ensure that the GAA gets fair play." ENDS

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