RTE and TG4 availability needs to be improved for Ballycastle area

9 02 2013

RTE TG4
Ballycastle SDLP Councillor Dónal Cunningham is calling for the Assembly to work together with the Irish Government on whatever technical arrangements are required to achieve greater availability of RTE and TG4 in the greater Ballycastle area.

Councillor Cunningham said “In the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998, the UK Government undertook to explore the scope for achieving more widespread availability of the Irish television stations, in the North.  A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Irish and UK Governments in February 2010, committing them to working together on the technical arrangements for provision following the switchover from analogue to digital.”

“While other areas of the North seem to be well catered for via the new multiplex operation, and the Saorview digital service, the Ballycastle area only receives RTE and TG4 through a digital satellite provider. Many sporting occasions are scrambled due to rights restrictions to prevent their broadcast in the North on the satellite channels”

“People in the Ballycastle area feel disadvantaged and are asking for action so that this issue solved once and for all.”

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