Tuesday 12 December 2017

Sky Ireland MD: We will have head start on RTE for All-Ireland finals

RTE's Marty Morrissey and Sky presenter Rachel Wyse
RTE's Marty Morrissey and Sky presenter Rachel Wyse
Ard Stiúrthóir of the GAA Páraic Duffy, right, and JD Buckley, Managing Director, Sky Ireland. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Sky Ireland Managing Director JD Buckley believes their quality of coverage will give them the edge over RTE when they broadcast the All-Ireland finals simultaneously.

Sky Sports will air 14 exclusive games in the GAA Championship this year but will o up against RTE when both air the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in August and September.

"We believe that the quality of coverage that we will be able to bring to the quarter-finals and semi-finals will give us a headstart over RTE," Mr Buckley told Pat Kenny on Newstalk.

"Sky Sports customers expect the best from us and I think out partnership with the GAA is going to allow us to bring Sky Sports treatment to the 20 games, right across the season.

"For the first time ever Sky customers are going to be able to watch live GAA games on the go through the Sky Go App."

There has been  a lot of speculation as to who will front Sky's coverage of Gaelic Games but Buckley was not giving anything away but hinted that they would be experienced in the area of sports journalism.

"This is obviously a massive news piece, it's a big move for the GAA. We think it is going to be really good for the GAA," he added.

"In terms of who we're going to have, all will be revealed. We're going to be announcing our lineup over the coming weeks and you can expect special quality.

"We would tend to go for commentators and analysts who have specific sports experience, I don't think (Paul) Merson will be doing it - put it that way."

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