TV or not TV: that is the question

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BRECHIN City should know sometime on Wednesday (today) if their Carling Scottish Cup quarter final against St Johnstone or Partick Thistle will be shown live by one of the two national broadcasters who have the rights to the competition.

City officials are keeping their fingers crossed that their team’s heroic run to the last eight of the competition receives the icing on the cake with one of two possible live television appearances.

At the time of going to press, both Sky and the BBC said that, as yet, they had not reached a final decision on their programme schedules and were “keeping their options open.”

With £82,500 available from Sky television for the selected fixture, little wonder the Glebe Parkers are hopeful of the chance to appear live and cause a cup upset for the second time this season.

The reds overcame Dundee in the Co-Operative Insurance Cup earlier in the season.

James Motley, press officer for Sky Sports told the “Brechiner”: “No decision has yet been made on the games, although we would expect a decision to be made in the next 24 to 48 hours.

“Having checked the scheduling Sky usually approach these cup ties and take a very keen interest in the underdogs that are left in the competition.

“However, we wouldn’t want to make any official announcement prior to a decision being taken.

“Sky Sports does have a policy, however, of being as inclusive as it possibly can be in offering support to clubs at all levels of the game.”

BBC Scotland’s Jim Gough said: “We will make a decision after Sky, because they, under the terms of the agreement, have first choice of the games.

“Sometime later this week, after they have made their announcement, we will decide which Scottish Cup tie we will be televising.”

The area’s MP also added his voice to the growing numbers of people hoping City will receive a windfall from their Scottish Cup exploits.

Angus MP Mike Weir added: “This is a tremendous Scottish Cup run by Brechin City and their players, management and backroom staff must be highly commended on the way they have gone about their business.

“I would urge both SKY and the BBC to look at Brechin’s City’s case to be one of the televised matches very seriously.

“There is a real story in the fact the Brechin manager’s wife works for St Johnstone, should they too qualify, and many other links between two local clubs exist.

“Sky have said they like to broadcast the cup fixtures that include the underdogs.

“Well, with that in mind and seven SPL sides left in the last eight, there really can only be one choice for one of the games which is aired live.

“Whatever the outcome the people of Brechin can be very proud of what their team has achieved so far and who knows what the quarter-final tie might bring?”