TV presenter opens up on Tyrone manager Mickey Harte’s RTE boycott

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

Presenter of the GAA Sunday Game programme Michael Lyster has spoken of the dispute, which has seen Tyrone manager Mickey Harte refuse to speak to the broadcaster.

In an Irish News article, previewing a televised interview with the popular sports presenter on Irish TV to be screened on Sunday night, Mr Lyster described the situation as “unfortunate” and said “every effort had been made” to find a way around the dispute.

Michael Lyster

Michael Lyster

“Mickey has his view and we have tried to cross the bridge on this one and it hasn’t worked and that’s the beginning and the end of it essentially.”

RTÉ apologised to Mickey Harte him following a hugely insensitive radio sketch about the death of his daughter Michaela who was murdered on honeymoon in Mauritius.

Despite negotiations between RTÉ and the Tyrone County Board, as well as a face-to-face meeting with Harte himself, there is still no sign of a resolution.

“And I can talk to Mickey as I am talking to you on a personal basis and it’s not a problem but he has a view and as I said we have tried to deal with it,” he added.