Exclusive England cricket deal for talkSPORT

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talkSPORT has won the exclusive free-to-air rights for England cricket’s overseas tour of South Africa in 2019/2020.

The news means talkSPORT is now the audio home for all of England’s major overseas tours for the next two years, including the full Sri Lanka and West Indies series.

The South Africa tour, including four Tests, have been taken from the BBC’s Test Match Special programme.

Wireless CEO Scott Taunton said: “Following England’s emphatic victory at the Oval and an emotional goodbye to Alastair Cook this week, we’re delighted to have won these rights in another big win for talkSPORT. This investment is a further commitment from us to this great game and these upcoming winter tours are set to be just as exciting as this golden summer of cricket.”

talkSPORT’s live overseas cricket coverage starts with the first ODI in Sri Lanka on October 10.

Later this month talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 will be broadcasting the Ryder Cup along with the third Anthony Joshua fight next weekend, exclusively on the station.

Recently talkSPORT announced a raft of new talent across its programming including Sir Bradley Wiggins and the voice of football, John Motson.



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Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 9:18 am by RadioToday UK

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15 Comments
  1. Stephen Hall says

    Be interesting to see how much of it they put on their main channel.
    They bought Championship football in a blaze of self-adulation but most of it was consigned to digital-only talksport2 (including the CHAMPIONSHIP play-off semi final).
    I also find the steaming on their app very hit and miss.
    In terms of reach and coverage alone, a bad day for cricket.

    1. mb23 says

      5 Live only covered one of the four championship play-off semi-final matches last year (none were on Sports Extra).

      TS2 covered three, the other one was on the main TS channel.

  2. Tim Mullen says

    A guaranteed failure; this Mickey Mouse station with its sensationalist tabloid approach will never replicate the smooth professionalism and warmth that TMS has nurtured over 50+ years. A sad day for cricket fans.

    1. Joe Smith says

      Absolutely although TMS has deteriorated somewhat in recent years with Michael “rent a quote” Vaughan and the appalling dreadful Daniel “look at me everyone aren’t I clever” Norcross.

  3. Hannah says

    I want to see how much of this they put on their main channel.

  4. Andrew Kavenaugh says

    if it’s not broken, as the saying goes, don’t try to fix it. TMS is an immense pleasure and available to all. How will cricket and the cricket-loving public benefit from this change?

  5. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    TGHIS IS A BRAVE MOVE ON THE ECBN’S PART BY SIGNING THIS AUDIO DEAL WITH TALKSPORT

    1. mb23 says

      Overseas rights are not owned by the ECB, this deal was done with the South Africa Cricket Board.

    2. Joe Smith says

      Good grief. Just putting caps lock on and typing a lot of gibberish doesn’t go well does it?

  6. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    davyud lloyd may well be one of talksports cricket commentators due ti new corp uk owning talksport

    1. Joe Smith says

      Is there an English version of this?

  7. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

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    1. Joe Smith says

      Good grief. Just putting caps lock on and typing a lot of gibberish doesn’t go well does it?

  8. JASON ANDREW TOPPIN says

    I am ciomung at tuis story frim an Australian point of view join

    1. Allan Wallace says

      That explains everything.

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