BBC agrees deal to cover England tour
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.