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Sinn Féin assembly member Sinéad Ennis claims the broadcaster didn't give the northern county enough coverage


Sinéad Ennis raised the issue in the Assembly

Sinéad Ennis raised the issue in the Assembly

Sinéad Ennis raised the issue in the Assembly

An MLA has become embroiled in a Twitter spat with a BBC presenter over the broadcaster’s coverage of the GAA.

Sinn Féin assembly member Sinéad Ennis asked when the broadcaster would give Gaelic games more coverage.

She tweeted: ‘What’s wrong with the BBC? 3 Ulster teams competing in All-Ireland Finals and hardly a mention? When will the publicly funded broadcaster get real about Gaelic Games? I have submitted a ‘Matter of The Day’ request to The Speaker so this can be discussed by the Assembly.’

She also posted a video, in which she stated: “The folks down at the BBC… Didn't seem to get the memo that Tyrone were playing in the All-Ireland finals.

“And not only Tyrone, that Antrim were playing in the intermediate camogie final or that Armagh were playing in the junior camogie final - just the latest snub by the publicly-funded broadcaster of Gaelic games.”

She added: “It really highlights the serious problems there are at the BBC in terms of their Gaelic games output.”

In response to Ms Ennis’ tweet and the video, Sarah Brett, a presenter with BBC’s Good Morning Ulster radio show tweeted: ‘Pretty sure I just co-presented a two and a half hour breakfast programme on @bbcradioulster where @TyroneGAALive was the lead at 7 and 8. Here’s the exact timings 0:36:42 and 1:36:28. Niall Morgan was a pleasure to listen to. Unless I dreamt it.’

Ms Ennis responded: ‘Surely not a BBC journalist suggesting that we should genuflect, be grateful for, fall at the feet of the BBC for doing the absolute bare minimum expected of them?’

A BBC spokesperson said the broadcaster has a rights agreement which runs until 2022.

They added: "While BBC NI can show matches in the men’s Ulster Senior Football Championship on television, the current contract does not allow BBC NI to show matches or highlights packages in the All-Ireland series.”

They also said commentary of the All-Ireland final was available on BBC Radio Ulster Foyle and BBC Sounds.

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