RTÉ sign football deal

RTÉ have announced details of an agreement with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) which covers television and radio rights for international football on the public service broadcaster up to 2010. Under the terms of the deal, RTÉ has secured the rights to broadcast all of the Republic of Ireland’s competitive home international matches up to the 2010 World Cup on both television and radio. This includes all home qualifiers for the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, and all home qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The deal also allows for live coverage of all home friendly matches on radio, and on a deferred basis on TV, from 1st August 2006 to 30th June 2010.
Speaking about the deal, RTÉ Radio Sport Editor Paddy Glackin said: “RTÉ Radio is looking forward to continuing and developing our long-standing relationship with the FAI, and to bringing a comprehensive national coverage of international soccer to our listeners.”