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Consultation on extending list of sporting events for live free-to-air broadcast - White

Communications Minister Alex White announced today that he is considering making an order to designate three additional sporting events as ‘live, free-to-air’. They are:

  • The Six Nations Rugby Football Championship
  • The All-Ireland Senior Ladies’ Football Final, and
  • The All-Ireland Senior Camogie Final.

Minister White will now begin a consultation process, as required by the Broadcasting Act 2009 and relevant EU legislation.
The Minister said “I think there is a strong case for designating these events, but there is no decision yet. The Act requires that I consult with sporting bodies, the broadcasters and the public, and I look forward to doing that. Under the legislation, the primary question I have to ask whether these events have a special resonance and distinct cultural significance or importance for the people of Ireland."

Should an event be designated under this process, the Act says that the relevant broadcaster is required to pay a ‘reasonable market rate’ to the rights-holder for the right to broadcast the event.

The submissions to the 2014 public consultation on designated sporting events will be published on the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources website later today.