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BBC stand firm over threat to TMS coverage of England tour of India

BBC stand firm over threat to TMS coverage of England's tour to India



22:48 GMT, 29 October 2012

The BBC are locked in talks over the cost of sending their iconic Test Match Special team to cover England’s tour of India.

An agreement has still not been reached with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), with Corporation representatives reiterating that the 'unreasonable demands' being made of them by the Indian board would not be stomached.

The BCCI is reportedly charging the BBC an extra 50,000 to cover radio production costs at the four Tests in Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Nagpur and Kolkata, while Sky have been asked for an additional 500,000 to install television studios at each ground.

Voice of TMS: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew (right)

Voice of TMS: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew (right)

If the row is not resolved, Sky intend to use the voices of Sir Ian Botham, David Gower, Mike Atherton and Nasser Hussain, commentating in a west London studio, over pictures fed by Indian host broadcaster Star Sports.

But TMS, which has earned a devoted following since it began in 1957, is reluctant to follow suit due to the existence of the Test Match Sofa website, whose commentators are based in south London and provide a similar service.

With the first Test in Ahmedabad less than three weeks away, a solution needs to be found quickly if hundreds of thousands of fans are not to be deprived of commentary from Jonathan Agnew, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘We are continuing talks with the relevant authorities in India about what we regard as unreasonable demands for facility fees.

‘We remain hopeful that the talks will be resolved successfully and we can broadcast Test Match Special from India for England’s Test series.’

Bumble at the Test: No Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo or Taylor… it"s a crying shame

Bumble at the Test: No Gayle, Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo or Taylor… it's a crying shame



20:57 GMT, 18 May 2012

Absent friends
West Indies' Jerome Taylor

The toast on Friday was to absent friends. No Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan or Dwayne Bravo here and also no Jerome Taylor (right), who bowled West Indies to victory over England in Jamaica three years ago but has disappeared from the scene. It's a crying shame…

Van's the man for us

Happy to say that my football club, Accrington Stanley, are in good hands after my London meeting with new chairman Peter Marsden. I can reveal we might make a bid for Arsenal's Dutch striker Robin van Persie and can offer him a good package – as many pies as he can eat and a weekly ticket to the local Odeon.

My tweet hell

Plenty of abuse on Twitter from India – and all because of my support for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL! It's not my fault they haven't reached the final! Some of these keyboard warriors would be candidates for A&E if they met me face to face…

Fashion victims

Lots of fashion statements among the West Indies players. Opening bowler Fidel Edwards has stars shaved into his hair, while his new-ball partner Kemar Roach has some serious gold round his neck. Lots of ear-rings, too, but I'm old-school on these sorts of things. They should only go with high heels.

Delicious Danni

England's Danni Wyatt

Great to see the launch of The Cricket Paper featuring the Mail on Sunday's very own Peter 'Reggie' Hayter. I've had a brainstorming session with him and reckon there should be a 'crickette' on page three. Who better to start with than Danni Wyatt (right), England's feisty all-rounder

Tuf to remember

Phil Tufnell's new book Tuffers Tales was on parade and I asked him what was in it. 'Lots of stories,' he said. 'What about, Cat' I replied. 'Can't remember,' said Phil. Reminded me of when Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones said: 'If anyone knows what I've been doing for the last 10 years, let me know…'