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"BBC should ensure GAA fans in north are not disenfranchised" - Ennis

1 May, 2018 - by Sinéad Ennis

Sinn Féin sports, art and culture spokesperson Sinéad Ennis has expressed frustration with news that the BBC is set to reduce its coverage of GAA games.

The South Down MLA said:

"I have engaged with the BBC on this issue and offered several suggestions in terms of dedicated cover or deferred coverage, online streaming or highlight shows on TV and radio that would enhance their current service to cater for GAA fans.

“Unfortunately, it seems the BBC has taken the decision to cut their GAA service, this is hugely frustrating to GAA fans in the north.

“Currently over a quarter of a million people attend GAA matches in the north over the season with countless more wanting to watch or listen to the GAA coverage whether on the TV, radio or online.

“Gaelic games deserve the profile which their popularity merits and the local viewing public should be able to access adequate coverage.

“I would call on the BBC to reverse this decision and explore all options to ensure that GAA fans in the north are not disenfranchised.” 

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