Cricket listeners miss historic series win …again! Daily Service took Radio 4 priority over India triumph after Ashes blackout
18:19 GMT, 17 December 2012
TMS's Jonathan Agnew welcomed listeners back at 10am, after the match had finished
Cricket fans once again missed the climax of a historic England series win on the radio today – and this time they were listening to a hymn instead.
Nearly two years ago, some fans missed the moment England clinched their first Ashes series win in Australia for nearly a quarter of a century because Radio 4 Long Wave was broadcasting the shipping forecast.
This time round, as England secured a first series win in India since 1985, the Daily Service was taking place.
Admittedly there was an inevitability about events on Monday, with the fourth Test in Nagpur heading for a draw long before the end of the final day’s play.
Radio bosses will still have been cursing their luck however, with the final ball of the Test bowled at around 9.50am UK time, just as the Daily Service was being broadcast.
It was left to the BBC’s cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew to welcome listeners back at around 10am, with news that the game had finished, and England had laid another cricketing ghost to rest.
There are other ways of listening to the BBC’s radio coverage of cricket, including the digital station 5 Live Sports Extra and online. Many listeners however will still only have access to the cricket via Radio 4 Long Wave on their analogue sets.
It goes to show once again that in the hallowed world of Radio 4, no sporting event can interfere with the daily schedule.
Matt Prior celebrates the historic win with Sussex teammate Monty Panesar