Sport on Five on BBC Radio Five Live seems to be concentrating almost entirely on cricket all evening, which is a bonus…I doubt I’ll be able to cope listening to some of the people they will no doubt interview without tearing my hair out, but if you can, please do. Some of it, at least, will be interesting. And for those ex-pats, you can listen now online.
The BBC, who now must be regretting their decision not to fight for the TV rights of cricket in Britain, published an interesting piece on football’s intrusion on our summer of Ashes fun. The Beeb are a non-commercial organisation, despite taxing us each year for the privledge of watching TV, yet their fondness of Football has always irked me somewhat. BBC Radio Five Live is an excellent station, but the dominance Football has had on our airwaves has been depressing for a cricket fan…until this summer! It has been encouraging to see the Beeb spend so much time on cricket on the radio; even their newsreaders seem to have been taught the rules of the game.
They no longer look surprised when uttering “England ended with a score of four HUNDRED and fourty four runs today.” Massive emphasis on HUNDRED. It’s a cricket score, BBC people – they tend to get into the hundreds you know.
Also noteworthy today was the news that the BBC are to broadcast their first cricket match on TV for six years. Before you get excited, it’s only available to the lucky Scots, for their one-day game against the mighty Australians. The Telegraph have more on this.
Are the BBC regretting handing over the rights to Channel 4 (in 1999), and now Sky? You bet they are…