Australia news June 3, 2013

Channel Nine retains broadcast rights

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Channel Nine has retained the rights to broadcast Australia's home international matches after agreeing to a deal worth $500 million over five years.

Nine saw off a bold bid from Channel Ten to claim the rights to Test, ODI and Twenty20 international cricket but Ten is believed to have secured a deal worth approximately $20 million a year to broadcast the Big Bash League, which will appear on free-to-air television for the first time.

Ten had made a significant play for the full cricket schedule but Nine had the right to match the bid, although that was complicated by its reluctance to sign up for the BBL.

However, in order to keep international cricket on Nine, where it has been broadcast for more than 30 years, Nine was forced to more than double the amount it paid per year over the previous seven-year deal.

The expiring deal had cost Nine $45 million per year; the new five-year agreement will cost $100 million a year for Test, ODI and Twenty20 international cricket, as well as approximately $10 million a year in free advertising.

The two deals will provide a major windfall for Cricket Australia, which will earn about $120 million a season in broadcast rights, nearly three times what it received under the previous arrangement.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • dummy4fb on June 5, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    @ meety,l had to comment here bcoz some aussies are very happy to say that ipl is flop in aus,dont care about this...u r taking about 4pm ist game that is very less in number...we have more 8 pm games that was broadcasting in aus from 12 .30 am to 4 am..

  • dummy4fb on June 4, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @gagg- well mate i dn agree with ur terms .at the end of the day t20 is all about being entertained not bore .. so do we get in ipl and ipl brings our dream combinations to watch in a team like punter and sachin opening for mumbai which cant be done anywherelse..bte bigbash is preety boring. i had watched one two matches...uffff much boring...

  • StevieS on June 4, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Sipun Sahoo why wouldn't you care about the bigbash? the quality is far superior to the IPL, and this is coming from a kiwi. You should give it a watch!

  • Meety on June 4, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    @ cheesemethod on (June 4, 2013, 4:02 GMT) - actually there was a massive dispute between Ten & the IPL/BCCI. Can't remember the specifics, but it then made proceeding unviable for Ch 10. @landofcricket on (June 4, 2013, 6:22 GMT) - pretty sure games were starting around 8/9pm in Oz - so it was there to be watched. I find it interesting that you come on an Oz article to defend the IPL - why bother? Why bother to try & defend a comp (IPL), that has got MASSIVE integrity issues?

  • landofcricket on June 4, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    dear aus fans it does not matter whether u care about ipl or not..ipl will be strong as long as indian people backs it....(1241 miillion population)....btw in aus ipl was broadcasting over mid night..how can u expect people to watch guys??

  • duralsumo on June 4, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    We must remind our Facebook friend from India that IPL is only a domestic T20 tournament. We recognise the $US millions it brings due to demographics of your fine nation. However it is only a domestic tournament. There a three other levels of cricket world wide that the real cricket supporter appreciates. Congratulations on Cricket Australia on the major win fall. Invest the funds wisely.

  • dummy4fb on June 4, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    we indians too dont care about bigbash ...all ryt..ipl is evrything for us..

  • cheesemethod on June 4, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    To bigbang07. I believe channel ten bought the rights to the first IPL but with the combination of the time slot to show live matches from India and the fact that Aussies don't -really- care about IPL results...It was a massive flop. Aussies love watching sport because of the pride and passion involved. While Australian cricketers play their heart out in the IPL, it only translates as "6 weeks to whack a ball for a made up team for half a million dollars"

  • dummy4fb on June 4, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Channel Nine has certainly been caught in a rut the past few years. The commentators are for the most part far more gifted cricketers than communicators. In particular the shameless plugs for other programs irks me no end. It will be interesting to see in what ways Ten can innovate their coverage. Maybe Nine will be forced to play catchup and reinvent their ODI and Test coverage away from their stodgier old image?

  • Insult_2_Injury on June 4, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    What a shame, the same old commentators, the same tired old commentary, the same tired old telecast. This idea of giving the incumbent broadcaster last rights is a joke. They've been the broadcaster for 30 years, if they can't use that experience to make a genuine first offer, then they deserve to lose it. Anyone who thinks the extra money will go to player development has been ignoring the CA setup for the last 5 years. How could CA not recognise that a successful generation was coming to an end in 06-07? Yet they spent their money on a tier of bureaucrats - most of whom had no cricket background. That's why we're in the black hole now.

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