Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Beeb fails to score with football

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Since the advent of digital television, viewers in the rest of the UK have also been able to watch, live, Northern Ireland's valiant campaign to qualify for Euro 2008, courtesy of the BBC.

I was disappointed to hear earlier this year that the Beeb had lost the contract for all the team's home games to Sky in the run-up to the next World Cup in 2010.

Therefore, you would have expected them to be interested in the TV rights for the away matches? It would appear not. They have also gone to a subscription channel, Setanta.

So that means no live Northern Ireland games on terrestrial television.

The BBC have let us down! Highlights are no real replacement and please don't tell us the corporation hasn't got enough money to compete.

Last year Jonathan Ross signed a contract with the BBC for reportedly £18m.

A fraction of that sum would have paid for full coverage of all Northern Ireland's home and away games for the World Cup qualifiers.

What with the BBC also losing out recently on other future contracts for the Premiership highlights and the FA Cup, what are football fans getting for the licence fee?

Mainland Norn Iron Fan, Southport

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