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 ladycricfan 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 IndiaNumeroUno 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..

Posted by SamRoy on (November 2, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Though David Lloyd is a funny man, the rest of the sky team are so boring that they won't be missed. Wish we could get Boycott and Aggers for live TV coverage as well. For the ESPN Star Sports Team, Harsha never improved, Shastri is irritating and Gavaskar has become stale (and on top of that he likes to get under British skin which doesn't help matters one bit). Only Manjrekar and Ganguly (as long he can stop praising players from his own state and his buddies like Yuvraj, Bhajji) to an extent are worth listening to.

Posted by vxttemp on (November 2, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Botham always had excuses to visit India as a player. But now he is okay to visit India as a commentator. Great!! Good that Botham, Hussain and co are not coming.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 23:40 GMT)

What a shame. A tour that hardly interested me - now does not interest me at all. If I have to listen to Ravi Shastri's MASSIVE ego and endless jingoistic droning I think I'll give the whole series a miss. Roll on New Zealand in 2013. As for listening to Simon Mann and Johnathon Agnew's incessant editorial comments. Every decision the umpire gets right I expect Agnew and Mann to be going "Yes - well they didn't need DRS for that did they - that proves my point" When in fact it proves NOTHING. There constant editorial rather than commentary on the game, opinions that. for the most part, belong to the cricket of the 1980's or earlier is enough to drive me up the wall. It's a rum day when Sir Geoff is the most forward thinking broadcaster on tour..

Posted by yorkshirematt on (November 1, 2012, 23:32 GMT)

Excellent news. All we want is to hear Aggers, Boycs, Vic Marks, Blowers and the rest with their wondeful commentary, all the way from india itself. My mornings from mid November onwards will be much brighter now.

Posted by subbass on (November 1, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

Narkovian - if you can, just pause your TV for 4-5 secs and that sorts out the delay..

Posted by subbass on (November 1, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

@ Rajesh - no, none of our regular TV comms are going to India, just the radio ones.

Posted by ashes61 on (November 1, 2012, 22:33 GMT)

Narkovia: The commentary is actually ahead of, not behind, the TV action. Around 5 or 6 secs difference, too. Watching in one room, TMS on in another, I can hear a wicket fall or a boundary applauded while the bowler is just beginning his run-up on TV. Bit of a shame, isn't it? As you say, it was fun watching the TV but relying on the superior radio commentary. Mind you, the TMS commentary is rapidly going downhill, which is sad for cricket lovers. Never thought I'd hear myself say Blowers was now one of the more reliable among the team, but he is, as some of the others natter throughout the actual play & only break off from their banalities when the ball has already been played! Simon Mann is the worst culprit, but the summarisers currently contain several poor choices, of whom Vaughan appears by consensus to be the worst. They simply ignore the inviolable basics, which even great characters like Arlott & Johnners never did. I think CMJ the best commentator of the last 50 years.

Posted by   on (November 1, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

@IndiaNumeroUno - what has it got to do with us - the financial aspects are between two parties of which we are neither!!

Posted by shillingsworth on (November 1, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

@Narkovian - In my house it's the other way round, so that the radio commentary tells you what you are about to see on the TV. Either way, it's pretty annoying.

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (November 1, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Somebody please tell me who are the commentators going to come from england?bumble,hussain,holding,ian botham are coming or not?somebody tell me please.

Posted by Narkovian on (November 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Of course we could turn the sound down on the telly, like we used to when I was young. and listen to Test Match Special. Only problem is the commentary is always 3 or 4 seconds behind the action. What a conundrum.

Posted by crindex on (November 1, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

50,000 pounds ? All this for 50,000 punds?

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (November 1, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Surely we would all like to know what the resolution was?!

Posted by ajit2004rta on (November 1, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Good to have radio commentators in Ground . It improves the quality of broadcasting.

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