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Why wasn't my Katie's fight shown live by RTE, asks dad

KATIE TAYLOR'S father has launched a withering attack on RTE over its failure to show live coverage of his daughter's magnificent World Championship win.

There has been consternation from many quarters as RTE opted to show The Pink Panther instead of Katie's epic encounter in Barbados.

Today, in an interview with the Herald, Katie's dad claimed that if his daughter had been male, then it would have been screened live.

Pete Taylor speaking from the family home in Bray, co Wicklow, today said: "The fights were shown live in Barbados, so they should have been able to try and get a link, I think it is disappointing for the public not to be able to tune in," he told the Herald.

Mr Taylor, who also acts as Katie's trainer, added: "There was great interest as she got to the final, and Katie has won it twice before, so I don't know why RTE couldn't show the final.

"Showing the fights online is a bit ridiculous because not everyone can avail of it and I heard the quality was poor."

Asked why he thought Katie's fights were not shown, Pete Taylor said he thinks it is because it was a female sporting event.

"There's more interest in the men's boxing as far as TV is concerned, but I think everyone should have had a chance to see Katie fight live.

I think people are disappointed," said Mr Taylor.

"It doesn't bother me or Katie, particularly because we are there by the ring, but for sports fans there could be better coverage. Especially at this time when the country needs a lift."

"Amateur boxing is one of the most successful sports we have, and Katie has done well, so it's not like there's no interest," he explained.

Katie herself was tucked up in bed in her home in Oldcourt in Bray, with her medal at her side, after a hero's welcome.

"She's going to have a big rest now. A lot of people think Katie just turns up and wins, but there's a lot of work involved and she is tired now, so now it's time for a rest," said her father.

Meanwhile, the state broadcaster has defended their decision not to air it on live television, saying it was due to fears over "quality".

Montrose bosses issued a statement last night saying they had "thoroughly investigated" the possibility of showing it live, but could not guarantee that the match would start on time as well as having doubts of the quality of the imagery.

"As a result, RTE streamed the coverage live on the internet and had a team standing by to prepare a programme for broadcast later that night on RTE," the statement said.

The state broadcaster did air an online stream with 18,000 to 20,000 streams served, and a spokesperson said yesterday they were "very happy" with how it went.

But Katie wasn't letting the snub get to her as she landed on home soil yesterday.

"For the moment I'm not even going to think about boxing for the next few weeks, I'm just going to catch up with my friends and family," she said.

However the dedicated athlete said she is already looking forward to the 2012 Olympics in London.