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For 60 years the BBC covered all home Tests but in 1999 they lost the rights to Channel 4. In 2005 the ECB awarded rights to BSkyB, leading to a ferocious row as cricket went off terrestrial TV in the UK, leaving only viewers with satellite TV able to watch the action.
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Mar 4, 2010

ITV bags IPL rights in UK

News: Cricket coverage in the UK will return to free-to-air television after the IPL agreed a deal with ITV for the third season

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dec 23, 2009

The screen-eyed monster

Decade review: The 2000s saw cricket's television economy grow unprecedentedly and begin to dictate terms like never before

Ashok Malik

Nov 24, 2009

Reason against brute force in the free-to-air debate

Guest Column: The battle between the ECB and the government works at two levels

William Buckland

Nov 13, 2009

Ashes back on 'crown jewels' list

News: England's home Ashes Tests are expected to be recommended for a return to a revised list of major sporting events that should be shown on free-to-air TV

Andrew Miller and Andrew McGlashan

Oct 11, 2009

Ashes may return to terrestrial TV

News: Future Ashes series in England may be available on free-to-air television in the UK following a review of the 'crown jewels' of sports events

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 26, 2009

Ashes climax watched by a fraction of 2005 audience

News: Just under two million watched the climax of the 2009 Ashes compared with 7.4 million when it was on free-to-air TV in 2005

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jan 13, 2009

On the campaign trail

Interviews: Twenty minutes with the chairman of the board

John Stern

Nov 19, 2008

ECB broadcasting deal 'a charade'

News: A confidential memo from the broadcaster Setanta has described the ECB's handling of their TV rights deal a "charade", and accuses Giles Clarke of "making up the rules as he went along"

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 5, 2008

Clarke attacks BBC as Sky extend deal

News: The ECB has announced a four-year extension to its existing television contract with BSkyB and Channel Five in a deal worth around £300 million

ESPNcricinfo staff

Feb 1, 2006

Commons committee slams England board

News: A House of Commons committee will criticise the ECB and the government over the handling of the TV deal with BSkyB

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nov 29, 2005

Minister gives ECB full support over TV deal

News: Richard Caborn, the sports minister, told a House of Commons select committee that there was almost no chance of a deal being done which would keep English Test cricket on free-to-air terrestrial TV

ESPNcricinfo staff

Oct 10, 2005

ECB defends decision over TV rights - again

News: The England board has again defended its decision to sell TV rights to satellite-only broadcaster BSkyB for four years from 2006

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 12, 2005

Government will not intervene in TV deal

News: The government has said that it will not intervene in the deal between the ECB and BSkyB

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sep 3, 2005

MacLaurin: 'New deal is wrong for cricket'

News: The deal to sign over live cricket coverage to BSkyB might be done and dusted, but to the increasing frustration of the ECB, the debate just won't go away

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 31, 2005

For the future of the game

Wisden Interview: The Wednesday Interview with Giles Clarke

Martin Williamson

Aug 27, 2005

Channel 4 boss slams ECB's 'huge mistake'

News: The ECB's decision to sell all cricket to satellite broadcaster BSkyB has again come under attack

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 19, 2005

Turn the volume down

Article: More feedback on the results of the Wisden Cricketer poll which asked you to name your commentary dream team

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 18, 2005

ECB did 'bad deal for the sport'

News: Luke Johnson, the chairman of Channel 4, claimed that 'the ECB did a very bad deal for the sport' with regards to TV contracts

ESPNcricinfo staff

Aug 8, 2005

Record TV audience for Ashes smash

News: England's thrilling victory in the second Test was watched by a record audience on Channel 4.

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 20, 2005

Channel 4 cop out after Reeve's departure

After five years as a Channel 4 summariser, Dermot Reeve has decided to call it a day

Andrew Miller
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