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Thursday 21 September 2017

Katie Taylor's dad criticises RTÉ's 'disappearance' since Olympic win

Gold medalist Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Light Boxing final, London 2012 Olympic Games, August 9, 2012.
Gold medalist Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women's Light Boxing final, London 2012 Olympic Games, August 9, 2012.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

The father of Olympic champion Katie Taylor has criticised RTÉ for its massive expenditure on orchestras, instead of covering popular sporting events such as boxing.

Pete Taylor, the coach and father of Bray boxer Katie Taylor, said the national broadcaster was “delighted” to film Katie’s Olympic gold medal success but then “disappeared”.

Speaking to the Irish Daily Star, Taylor said while people are entitled to like classical music RTÉ should also deliver what the licence-payer wants to watch.

It was revealed yesterday that the broadcaster spent €100 million on its orchestras over the last six years.

“The Olympic medallists and the Paralympians don’t get a look-in,” Pete Taylor said.

“I think Irish people want to watch Irish athletes competing, and especially when they are winning medals.”

Taylor said RTÉ did nothing but “jump on the bandwagon” at last year’s Olympics and proceeded to “ignore” his daughter’s continued success after last year’s win.

“There was a possibility of Kate fighting Team GB Olympian Natasha Jonas in the EU Championships in Hungary a few weeks ago,” he said.

“There was a great chance of that happening and BBC were over there but RTÉ weren’t.”

“There was a survey done recently about the greatest Irish TV moments,” Taylor added, “and Katie winning her gold came in among the top five.

“But then RTÉ ignore her boxing in the Europeans? It’s ridiculous.”

Katie Taylor is now preparing for three fights in October, including a possible meeting with Queen Underwood, the first American woman to compete in Olympic boxing.

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