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Saturday 25 October 2014

Tyrone see red at RTE coverage

THE GAA's 'report season' has begun in earnest with the first of the major county board secretaries - Tyrone's Dominic McCaughey - aiming several missiles at RTEin his annual submission.

Central to McCaughey's grievances with the national broadcaster is their devotion of an entire Liveline programme to the All-Ireland club JFC semi-final between Derrytresk and Dromid Pearses back in January.

McCaughey states: "It was felt that some sections of the media took a less than impartial view of the acts of indiscipline in Portlaoise, with one broadcasting company even devoting part of a live phone-in programme to the junior championship game, which may well have jeopardised the club's right to a fair disciplinary hearing."

He also suggests that that Mickey Harte's blackout of RTE reporters will remain until such time as he has received an official apology for a segment on RTE Radio One's The John Murray Show six months after the murder of Harte's daughter Michaela.

On the Harte issue, he writes: "My opinion as of 12 months ago is the decision not to communicate with RTE should remain the prerogative of the Tyrone senior football management team and players until RTE as an organisation take responsibility and have the decency to speak to Mickey Harte directly."

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