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To: Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom / Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Sport

Put England Team International Cricket on Free-to-Air TV

Put England Team International Cricket on Free-to-Air TV

Ofcom needs to make international cricket matches played by the England Team accessible on free-to-air-channels just like it used to be. All they have to do is make England international cricket matches 'Group A' events which means by law it has to be shown for free.

Why is this important?

Due to public pressure, Sky agreed to make the Cricket World Cup Final available on Channel 4, this meant live cricket was on free-to-air TV for the first time since 2005. In most countries, the entire world cup was available on free-to-air television, yet only the final was shown here! The "England cricket team" represents England and Wales in international cricket.

As a consequence, in stark contrast to the women’s football World Cup which drew record viewing figures, this has been a World Cup of missed opportunities for cricket in attracting future generations of fans and potential players, as well as meaning people who couldn't afford Sky miss out on watching international cricket.

I grew up on free-to-air cricket and my parents couldn't afford Sky Sports. The next generation shouldn't miss out.


Reasons for signing

  • One of the great British sports should be viewed by the maximum audience - its a disgrace. Cricket has been suffering from attracting new players and fans - maximum viewing will help with this not a few million extra quid from Sky and fringe audiences. For God sake at least let the Test matches and big One Day internationals be viewed terrestrial.,.
  • Events of national significance should be freely viewable by the nation.
  • A national sport deserves national coverage, not constrained by the ability to pay.

Updates

2019-08-28 00:20:19 +0100

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2019-07-15 20:17:37 +0100

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2019-07-15 18:34:22 +0100

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2019-07-15 15:05:03 +0100

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2019-07-15 14:04:06 +0100

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2019-07-15 14:01:48 +0100

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2019-07-15 13:59:53 +0100

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2019-07-15 13:58:20 +0100

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