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Thursday 23 November 2017

RTE writes to Harte in dispute over commentators

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

RTE has written to Tyrone Gaelic football manager Mickey Harte after he sent a letter to the broadcaster criticising its treatment of one of its leading Gaelic games correspondents.

A number of high-profile managers are refusing to conduct interviews with RTE because they feel Brian Carthy has not been treated well in the wake of Micheal O Muircheartaigh's retirement as GAA anchor.

The RTE letter was sent to Harte by courier yesterday evening and he will give "due consideration" and discuss it with the other managers before making a response.

Harte declined to conduct a post-match interview with RTE on Sunday evening in protest at what he feels is unfair treatment of Carthy.

Carthy has been largely overlooked for the main match commentaries since the beginning of the championship season.

Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney has also confirmed that his refusal to do an interview was connected to Carthy's position within the station.

RTE has opted to use its TV commentators, Ger Canning, Marty Morrissey and Daragh Moloney for the main Sunday afternoon radio commentaries this season and that has annoyed Harte and at least seven other managers who are now refusing to co-operate with the station.

"I'll discuss it with the other managers concerned and we'll take a view on it," Harte said of the RTE letter. "We'll see what their thoughts are."

"I'm under no obligation to speak to anybody if I choose not to do so for any reason. I'm an amateur in an amateur game. There are no contracts binding me to talk to anyone," he stressed.

GAA president Christy Cooney said yesterday that it was a matter for RTE "to decide who they think is the most appropriate to deliver commentary on our games".

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Irish Independent

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