Managers seeing red over RTE’s coverage
A group of high-profile county team managers from Ulster have joined colleagues from other areas of the country in taking RTE to task in relation to the deployment of GAA match commentators.
Triple All-Ireland winning boss Mickey Harte, 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winning colleagues Kieran McGeeney and Justin McNulty, the current managers of Kildare and Laois respectively and Leitrim supremo Mickey Moran, who formerly managed Derry and Donegal, are among those who have signed a communication to the broadcaster expressing dissatisfaction at the treatment of Brian Carthy in particular.
And the managers have withdrawn their co-operation from RTE in terms of match previews and interviews for the foreseeable future.
It is understood that Harte, McGeeney and McNulty all refused to speak to the broadcaster following their teams’ championship matches on Sunday.
Carthy and Mícheál Ó Muirheartaigh were RTE’s frontline match commentators for a quarter of a century until the latter stepped down.
Since then Carthy’s commentating role has been diluted and Harte confirmed a letter outlining the group’s concerns had been furnished to RTE chiefs on May 23, without a response yet.
“We are alarmed and dismayed that such an accomplished and committed commentator as Carthy appears to have been sidelined. For a quarter of a century he was in essence the voice of gaelic games in tandem with Mícheál Ó Muirheartaigh and it is hard to fathom why he is not enjoying an even higher profile now,” said Harte.
“Carthy’s encyclopedic knowledge of football and hurling, his zest for the sports and his dedication to his role are bywords in GAA circles and we as people who have come to appreciate just what he brings to our games just want answers to some questions.”