BBC Sport NI confirms multi-platform coverage of the 2019 GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship
We’ve been working closely with the GAA, the Ulster Council and RTÉ and are pleased this year to bring fans four live games and four deferred games in the ChampionshipEddie Doyle, Head of Content Production, BBC NI
The live games will be Antrim v Tyrone/ Derry on Saturday 25 May, Fermanagh v Donegal on Sunday 26 May, the semi-final on Saturday 8 June and the final on Sunday 23 June.
The deferred games will be Tyrone v Derry on Sunday 12 May, Cavan v Monaghan on Saturday 18 May, Down v Armagh on Sunday 19 May and the other semi-final on Sunday 2 June.
Eddie Doyle, Head of Content Production, BBC Northern Ireland, says: “We’ve been working closely with the GAA, the Ulster Council and RTÉ and are pleased this year to bring fans four live games and four deferred games in the Championship. We’ll provide more details of our coverage in due course and are continuing to talk to all the relevant parties about future opportunities. We can assure supporters we remain committed to bringing them the best coverage we can, across all our platforms.”
There will be live commentary of all games in the Ulster Championship on bbc.co.uk/sportni - available on a range of platforms and devices including smart phone and tablet devices - on radio and online. There will also be live commentary of Ulster teams in the qualifiers and the All-Ireland stages.
Once again this year, the live and deferred Ulster Championship games broadcast by BBC NI can be viewed again on the BBC iPlayer - on desktop, mobile or tablet devices and on smart TVs. Matches will be available to view from 9am on the following Tuesday morning.
Fans can also keep across all the action with live text reports of all the games in the Ulster Championship, first class reaction, features, analysis and match reports across BBC Sport NI’s online services and social media channels and BBC News NI services. Listeners can send their comments and views during the radio programme by texting in on 81771 and they can follow all the action on Facebook and Twitter; @BBSPORTNI and @bbcchampionship
Ulster GAA Provincial Secretary, Brian McAvoy says: "Ulster GAA have been working closely with broadcasters and Croke Park in relation to coverage of this year's Ulster Senior Football Championship. It promises to be a mouth-watering Championship and the prevalence of high profile derby games will undoubtedly add to the atmosphere. Ulster GAA are pleased that five of our eight Championship games will be shown 'live' on television, with the BBC showing four of them. Two of these will be on a simulcast basis with RTÉ, and I thank RTÉ for accommodating this arrangement, and two will be shown exclusively on the BBC. The BBC have also been granted rights to show deferred coverage of the four games they are not showing live.
"I also welcome the radio, digital and online coverage of the Ulster Championship by the BBC and Ulster GAA is currently in discussion with the organisation in relation to FM coverage of Ulster Championship games."
- BBC Northern Ireland does not have the rights to televise games in the qualifiers or All-Ireland stages, including the All-Ireland Final - whether there is an Ulster team playing or not.
- Similar to other sporting contracts, the GAA broadcasting contract means that two games, with the same throw-in time, cannot be shown live at the same time.
- Live radio commentary of all Ulster Championship games and matches involving Ulster teams in the qualifiers and All-Ireland stages will be available on radio and BBC Sport NI online.
- All the games in the Ulster Championship, broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland TV - live or deferred - can also be viewed later on the BBC’s iPlayer service.
- We do not have the rights to show highlights on TV.