Thursday 15 August 2013
The Premier League has announced that Setanta Sports will show highlights of the Barclays Premier League in the Republic of Ireland from the 2013/14 season for the next three campaigns.
Setanta’s new highlights show, "Premier League Central", will air from 8.30pm on Saturday with a second highlights programme at 10.30pm on Sunday on the Setanta Ireland channel.
The Saturday show will be presented by Connor Morris, who will be joined on the first night by former Barclays Premier League players Matt Holland and Nigel Winterburn. On Sunday, Paul Dempsey will present the show joined by Dennis Wise and Gary Stevens. Setanta may also do highlights on certain Monday nights also.
The highlights join Setanta’s live rights of 33 Barclays Premier League matches a season for the Saturday 3pm package of rights for the next three seasons.
Brian Quinn, Marketing Operations Director of Setanta Sports said: “The addition of a Premier League highlights show every Saturday and Sunday is another statement of our renewed commitment to Irish Premier League fans. When the rights became available we were determined to make sure that Irish football fans wouldn’t miss out on getting a highlights programme with an Irish angle.”
"From a production perspective it is a big challenge for this first weekend as we have only just concluded the deal. Thankfully we have a lot of resources in place for our live Premier League shows that we can use on the new Premier League Central show. Viewers can expect changes as the weeks go by and each week we will draw from a varied line-up of analysts including names like Tony Pulis, David May, Gus Poyet and Gary McAllister.”
BSkyB and BT acquired live audio-visual rights to broadcast Barclays Premier League matches (non-Saturday 3pm kick-offs) in the Republic of Ireland in February 2013. After a competitive process BSkyB acquired five packages of rights constituting 116 live matches per season. BT acquired two packages of rights constituting 38 matches a season.
For an overview of the Premier League's TV rights deals for next season, click here.