Cricket set for return to Terrestrial television

January 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm 5 comments

England home test match cricket could be set for a return to terrestrial TV after the UK’s leading governing bodies for sport pledged to keep their main events on free to air television. This follows an announcement that the government decided to look at the sports classed as A-list. These events are classed as too important to be shown on subscription services. This is the first time the list is being looked at since tests cricket was removed from the list in order to allow the ECB to sell rights to Sky. Also, hopes of cricket returning to terrestrial TV has been improved with ECB chairman candidate Lord Marland vowing to get cricket back on free to air television if he is elected.

The sports covered by the code include Athletics, Cricket, Football, Golf, Rugby League and Tennis.

“Dealing with the issue of terrestrial television coverage will be among the very first things that I would deal with,” he said. “Sky have done a great job with cricket and they put on a terrific show, but to deprive a large part of the population of terrestrial coverage in some shape or form is not in the best interests of cricket.”
– Marland

A Panel of experts will meet during this week, with the panel including former England test bowler and BBC TMS commentator Angus Fraser. Sky Sport’s current deal means that they can show Home international cricket matches up to 2013. However, it is believed that the 10 strong panel will pressurise the ECB to secure rights to a free to air television station in time for the summers Ashes. Counties are believed to be with Marland on the issue with research showing that visibility of the game has suffered since being removed from free to air television.

A list events (Have to be shown on terrestrial television):
Olympic Games
Fifa World Cup Finals
European Football Championships
FA Cup Final
Scottish Cup Final
Wimbledon (finals weekend)
The Grand National
The Derby
Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
Rugby World Cup Final

B List events (Are required to be Shown on terrestrial or subscription television) :
Cricket Test matches played in England
Non-finals at Wimbledon
Six Nations Rugby matches (involving home nations)
All other Rugby World Cup matches
Commonwealth Games
World Athletics Championship
Cricket World Cup (finals, semi-finals and matches involving home nations)
The Open Golf Championship
The Ryder Cup


Entry filed under: County cricket, Cricket, England.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Number ONE  |  January 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    That would be great news for cricket, as I don’t enough money for Sky.

  • 2. Poor Cricket Fan  |  January 23, 2009 at 11:10 am

    If this did actually happen (and that’s a very big ‘if’) – it would be fantastic news for cricket, and all cricket lovers who have been ‘constructively excluded’ from the sport due to lack of terrestrial coverage in the UK. Agree fully with Number ONE as well.

  • 3. TIM  |  December 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm


  • 4. happy  |  July 29, 2010 at 6:36 am

    thanks for sharing!

  • 5. Deprived cricket fan  |  April 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    The game of cricket has been damaged by not being shown on terrestrial t.v. My grandchildren have never heard of cricket – they are brainwashed with football and rugby. Please bring back the game we invented.


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