No radio coverage for India-Australia Test series

No radio coverage for India-Australia Test series

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 18:33
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No radio coverage for India-Australia Test seriesMelbourne: A hefty fee demanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ensured that the four-match Test series will be off-limits for radio listeners in Australia.

National broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has decided not to relay radio commentary for the series after BCCI asked all broadcasters from Australia to pay charges for covering matches in India.


Australian media reported that ABC was considering sending Jim Maxwell as a reporter, but the idea was shelved after BCCI informed them that he cannot report from inside any ground since the ABC was not paying for rights.

During the recently concluded Test series between India and England, English broadcasters BBC and SkyTV also took a similar stand against BCCI.

The ABC will lodge a complaint to the Indian high commissioner protesting against BCCI`s decision.

ABC radio covered the series in 1994, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2008 but skipped it in 2010 due to the Commonwealth Games.

IANS

First Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 18:33

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Jason - Australia
What a poor state of affairs. It would seem that the Australian Cricket Board could have exerted some pressure in the interest of Australian Cricket fans. Why the silence.
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Barney - Australia
If BCCI won`t allow free to air radio broadcasts to Australia by the ABC, Cricket Australia should threaten the BCCI, with NO broadcast to India, free or otherwise, of any future Indian tours of Australia.
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