Today’s GAA media rights announcement has further strengthened TG4’s position as the year-round television provider for GAA coverage up to 2022.
Under the new agreement, TG4 will continue to have exclusive TV rights on Sundays to Allianz League games and the Irish language channel will also continue to hold exclusive live television rights to club, minor, U21 and colleges games.
This means that TG4 will provide coverage from the following competition:
- Live and deferred coverage of the Allianz Leagues each Sunday including the Finals, County Hurling & Football Finals, AIB Club Championships, Sigerson Cup, Fitzgibbon Cup, Bord Gais Energy U21 Hurling Championships, EirGrid U21 Football Championships and the Electric Ireland Minor Championships.
- Hour long highlights from all GAA competitions on TG4’s weekly series on Monday evenings.
This extensive coverage is also supplemented by other programming such as GAA documentaries, Laochra Gael, Seó Spóirt and daily gaelic games news on Nuacht TG4. This new announcement ties in with ties in with coverage TG4 provides of the rest of the Gaelic Games family such as Ladies Football coverage and live coverage of the Camogie League Final.
Viewers in Ireland will continue to see all of the channels GAA matches on the TG4 Player app and online on www.tg4.ie.
The recently appointed CEO of TG4, Alan Esslemont, has welcomed the new contract. “We are delighted to have retained these rights once again” he said. “TG4 is renowned for the comprehensive and ground breaking coverage of Gaelic Games that it provides, giving a platform to both men and women, be that live, deferred, as highlights or Laochra Gael, our popular documentary series. This new contract solidifies the long-standing relationship between TG4 and the GAA. As an independent public service broadcaster we understand the public demand for free-to-air television coverage and we aim to meet this with our continued coverage on TG4 and throughout Ireland on the TG4 player” he said.
TG4 Sports Editor Rónan Ó Coisdealbha said: “”We particularly welcome the term extension to 5 years contained in this new contract, providing us with stability for long-term planning of our overall Gaelic games output.”
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4
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