The Ashes September 23, 2010

No Ashes highlights on UK terrestrial TV

Cricinfo staff

There will be no highlights of this winter's Ashes on terrestrial TV according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The newspaper claims no terrestrial broadcaster responded to the tender document offering free-to-air rights because of strict limitations on the time they would be allowed to air any highlights package. It was expected the tender, sent out by IMG earlier this year, would attract interest from the BBC or Channel 5.

However, both broadcasters said scheduling restrictions put them off making any bid. The terms are believed to have stated no highlights could be shown before 10pm, a delay of almost a day, and they could not overlap with any of Sky's live transmissions, which usually start at around 11.30pm, giving a very small window for them to be shown.