England in India 2012-13

BBC agrees deal to cover England tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 1, 2012

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Jonathan Agnew takes a break while woolly WG Grace gets the headset on, World Cup 2011, Chennai, March 17, 2011
Jonathan Agnew and the TMS team will cover England's tour of India from the grounds © Andy Zaltzman
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The BBC has resolved its stand-off with the BCCI and come to an agreement that will see Test Match Special broadcast from the grounds during England's tour of India. The BCCI had reportedly demanded a fee of £50,000, in addition to the sum paid for radio rights, to allow the BBC access to facilities, although it has not been confirmed whether this has now been paid or not.

"We are pleased to confirm that Test Match Special will broadcast England's cricket tour of India from the grounds after agreement was reached with all parties," a BBC spokesman said.

Sky Sports has already indicated that it will not be sending its commentary team to India, after being asked for an extra payment of £500,000. The impasse had arisen because the BCCI retains production rights for the series and wanted to cover "realistic costs". Both Sky and the BBC have agreements as sub-licencees with Star TV.

There had been a suggestion that the BBC, which counts Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott and Michael Vaughan among its Test Match Special team, could choose not to cover the series at all rather than follow Sky's lead and do so from the UK. However, two weeks before the start of the first Test in Ahmedabad, that situation has been averted.

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Posted by RodStark on (November 3, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

All this arguing! I just wish they could reschedule the playing day so that I could realistically follow the live action here in the US! Perhaps they should start at 3 a.m. local time?

Posted by CricketFanIndUS on (November 2, 2012, 23:23 GMT)

Star TV holds the rights for global broadcasting of Indian cricket. TV contracts pay for the most part for sports and have been for a long time. Wake up people. The contracts control the broadcasting rights in exchange for the millions of dollars they pay for cricket. BCCI is naturally bound by this. It is not just space at the venues that needs to be paid for. I am however delighted that BBC will broadcast from India. I hope both the broadcasting teams will have commentators from both countries, it is much more interesting that way.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (November 2, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

It is hard to believe that Sky doesn't have £500,000 to spend on a what we all expect to be an entertaining series. It is about the same amount as one player's ECB central contract. Hope Sky and BCCI sort out their differences and bring 'live atmosphere' to the fans. If BBC could do it so can Sky.

Posted by bobmartin on (November 2, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

@subbass.. You're a genius..I never thought about that... Now I can enjoy decent commentary and HD pictures... Brilliant idea..

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

For all those who are whining about the ESPN Star commentary team, just imagine Yuvraj's 6 sixes with Botham and Gower/Atherton commentating. Sky's team is as boring as though they are commentating at a funeral(with exception of Bumble and Nas-which is why they are at all ICC tournaments). They will put the people watching completely to sleep.

Posted by   on (November 2, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

GetSetGoPK: We can ask for the charges to use special space from the BBC/SKY commentary teams because all top teams want to play in India unlike some other war-torn countries were cricketers aren't provided with adequate safety measures!

Posted by nyc_missile on (November 2, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

One of the few occasions where I completely agree with BCCI.The cocky Sky folks need to be taught a lesson.Business is ruthless and BCCI retains every right to keep their share since its a home series.Now,SKY&their boring commentary team can sit tight in UK & provide the usual drab stuff to their folks..

Posted by India_ANY_track_bully on (November 2, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@GeoffHall: I just wanted to check how BCCI disciplined BBC.

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 2, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

After all what AFRIDI said about hearts was SPOT ON!!!

Posted by vikart on (November 2, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

Based on some comments above, i wonder whether people see/listen to the match feed to hear the commentators or to see the match!!... It doesn't bother me who the commentators are, as long as I can see the match.. , though yes , I've certain favorite commentators..

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