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Don't worry the ABC still has the cricket on the radio

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has stood firm in an ongoing pay dispute with Australia's cricketers. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)
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15th June, 2018
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The Australian international summer of cricket will remain on ABC radio for at least six years after a new radio broadcast deal was announced by Cricket Australia.

There were reports that the ABC was set to lose the rights for the first time in eight decades however Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland slammed the rumours.

“We were very disappointed by inaccurate reporting this week suggesting that the ABC would no longer broadcast cricket. It undermined our commitment to the ABC and the ABC’s longstanding commitment to cricket,” Sutherland said.

“Never for a minute had it crossed our minds that the ABC was not a staple in the Australian cricketing summer.”

Instead, ABC’s coverage will be extended to include guaranteed national coverage of all Women’s International and WBBL matches.

As well as the ABC, Cricket Australia has signed on commercial partners in Macquarie Media Limited (MML) and Crocmedia to cover the summer of cricket.

While Macquarie Media will carry metropolitan coverage of the international summer, Crocmedia is the exclusive commercial radio partner for regional areas.

“Radio has long been an important part of how people enjoy cricket in Australia over the summer, and the breadth and depth of these agreements ensures that people will be able to tune in to the cricket action regardless of where they are,” Sutherland said.

“In addition to continued commitments around the broadcast of Women’s International matches, it is pleasing to have secured radio coverage for all WBBL matches, a clear sign of the rapidly growing interest from fans for the competition.”

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Broadcast details:

ABC:

Women’s Internationals, Men’s Internationals, Women’s Big Bash League, Prime Minister’s XI, Governor General’s XI

Macquarie Media Limited:

Women’s Internationals, Men’s Internationals, Big Bash League

Crocmedia on SEN 1116:

Men’s Tests, Big Bash League