Friday 14 December 2018

Morrissey to front new midweek show on RTE

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

RTE have announced details of a new midweek magazine programme to be broadcast during the championship season.

'The Committee Room' will be hosted by Marty Morrissey and will feature interviews, analysis and debates.

The station has also unveiled former Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy and former Dublin footballer Ciaran Whelan as new panellists for the season.

Sheedy was used regularly by the station during the league, while Whelan was an occasional guest during last year's 'The Sunday Game'.

The flagship Gaelic games programme begins its 33rd season on Sunday night next -- with Des Cahill once again acting as host -- featuring all the weekend action. The Donegal versus Antrim Ulster championship match will be broadcast live from Ballybofey earlier that day.

Sunday night's first programme will be before a live audience, one of three that the station will broadcast in this format throughout the year.

Morrissey has been selected as the station's radio commentator in Ballybofey -- a job that would normally be given to the now retired Micheal O Muircheartaigh.

However, the indications are that RTE will not settle on an anchor commentator to replace O Muircheartaigh.

Instead, different commentators will be assigned to different markings on alternate Sundays, with transfer between TV and radio a regular feature. Regular radio commentator, Gaelic games correspondent Brian Carty will be among them and will also host his 'Championship' programme on Friday nights.

RTE will broadcast 31 games live during the course of the championship, a reduction of nine on their packages of the previous three years. This does not include replays and the main impact will be on early qualifier games.

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