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NewsTalk’s Celtic Coverage Ruled Offside

NewsTalk 106 have been told that their live coverage of Glasgow Celtic’s football matches are in breach of contract rights. The station were broadcasting the Scottish team’s Saturday afternoon matches based on an agreement with the club itself. However, the broadcast rights for individual clubs are held collectively by the game’s governing body, who contacted the Dublin station and advised them to stop. This was based on a complaint from another radio station.
NewsTalk 106 have been brought to task in the past for unofficial coverage of Irish league matches. Their Sunday and Monday night coverage of The Premiership remains unaffected. This agreement allows NewsTalk 106 to relay BBC Radio 5 Live’s match coverage to Dublin FM audiences. Unfortunately for NewsTalk, Five Live’s comprehensive sporting coverage leads to many broken points in the live commentary when the BBC goes elsewhere for updates or live broadcasts of other events.