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WALES on Sunday columnist James Corrigan says that BBC Wales on Saturday's screening of the Welsh Premier highlights is the most cringing sight on television, including Linda Barker.
He launched a stinging attack on the FAW's negotiators, following the award of the Welsh soccer rights to Sky.
Writing yesterday, Corrigan says "FAW councillors have been concerned about the way the BBC has covered the Welsh Premier and the Welsh Cup.
"The FAW have been damned lucky that the BBC has been prepared to cover those two competitions at all, so pathetic has been the development of our domestic football.
"It's not that the quality of football is that bad - it's just that the pitches are so damn awful and that there's absolutely nobody on the terraces or, indeed, the adjacent cow patches."
Corrigan says that when the FAW slagged off the BBC's coverage, it was merely fed up with the fact that its blatant failure to make a success of Welsh football was there every week in glorious Technicolor for everyone to see and squirm at.
"If Sky does deign to show any Welsh football at all, apart from the national games, then it will only be to fill the yawning schedules of its three sports channels," adds Corrigan.
"So Connah's Quay Nomads verses NEWI Cefn Druids will find itself wedged between live coverage from the Moroccan Fly-Fishing Championship and exclusive footage of the Fijian Dressage Finals."
Corrigan says that if the national team goes through another slump, the FAW will crawl back to BBC Wales cap in hand.
Meanwhile, BBC Wales insiders say they are planning to maintain Welsh Premier football on terrestrial screens next season.
Corporation sources say there are plans to buy rights to the domestic game from the satellite broadcaster and that coverage of the league will be improved.
The BBC screened live coverage of Easter Sunday's title clash between Rhyl and TNS from Belle Vue, only the second live transmission in the league's 11-year history.
But there has been widespread criticism of the lack of attention given to the league by BBC Wales.
However, a BBC source claimed that plans for WP coverage during Sky's tenure as rights holder would have the FAW 'begging for a return to the BBC at the end of the four-year contract'.
12 April 2021
 
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