Tuning in around the world to the gentle voices of the Test Match Special team (From Richmond and Twickenham Times)
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Continuing our series of chats with TMS legend Jonathan Agnew - Tuning in around the world
When TMS first aired in 1957, the only way to listen was via the medium wave of BBC Radio 3.
Nowadays, TMS is inundated with emails and Tweets from fans listening online all around the world.
And while Agnew loves the show’s immense reach, it does raise an issue he feels passionate about.
He said: “Because the show goes out online, we have listeners all over the world. Recently, someone heard our voices coming out of a shop in Kabul in Afghanistan, and that’s terrific.
“But there is an important issue here. Our next contract with the ECB means we can only be heard online where the ECB want us to be heard online – and that’s just in the UK. That is not in cricket’s interest. The administrators are making shed-loads of money out of the broadcasting rights.
“If they can sell radio rights to someone in India, well fine, go ahead and do it, but if you can’t, don’t just block online broadcasting for the sake of it, it should be available to everybody.
“There are enough restrictions about watching cricket through satellite TV and ticket prices, without cutting off people from listening as well.”
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