RTE Axing Premier Soccer Saturday

Posted: 13/06/2013 in Blog, Football, News, Sport, Television
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In a bid to save €1.3 million, RTE will be axing their Premier League highlights show, Premier Soccer Saturday.

Premier Soccer Saturday

Premier Soccer Saturday

The show drew in 200,000 viewers weekly but will now not be on the air for the 2013/2014 Premier League season.

Ryle Nugent, Head of Sport in RTE has put an emphasis on the positives to be found in this disappointing news for Irish Premier League fans.

“This is a hard choice to make and I won’t pretend that the news is anything other than a biting disappointment.

“We have recently announced new contracts for television and radio in soccer, with the Republic of Ireland European and World Cup qualifiers, home and away, until 2018.

“In addition, we have secured the World Cup finals of 2014, 2018 and 2022. In rugby, we have secured the national team’s matches in the Six Nations and autumn internationals until the end of 2017.

“This summer we will begin the process of renegotiating with the GAA and I will have definitive news on the Summer Olympics in 2016 in the coming week.”

With RTE’s Premier League rights now up for grabs, it remains to be seen if any other network will be picking them up for the upcoming season and onwards but for now it seems Match of the Day will be picking up a decent number of extra viewers.

This could also be a chance for RTE to boost it’s coverage of our own domestic premier league, the League of Ireland, which would be a major positive for the league and its teams, but whether they choose to do so or not will become clearer in the future.

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