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Old 24th January 2021, 13:49   #41
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I quite like the combination of Atherton and Bumble: nostalgia about the old Lancashire League days and famous participants...
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Old 25th January 2021, 07:42   #42
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I quite like the combination of Atherton and Bumble: nostalgia about the old Lancashire League days and famous participants...
It is national coverage, not northern coverage
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Old 25th January 2021, 12:56   #43
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Worth noting that Sky are showing the Pakistan v S Africa series which starts tomorrow in Karachi.
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Old 25th January 2021, 14:46   #44
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Worth noting that Sky are showing the Pakistan v S Africa series which starts tomorrow in Karachi.
Excellent, that's a bonus.
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Old 25th January 2021, 14:53   #45
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Worth noting that Sky are showing the Pakistan v S Africa series which starts tomorrow in Karachi.
Also the T10 series.
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Old 25th January 2021, 14:56   #46
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It's a shame the Bangladesh v West Indies series isn't on tv.
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Old 25th January 2021, 15:20   #47
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Talksport have the radio rights. Not sure about tv.
Rumour that Disney have the TV rights?
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Old 25th January 2021, 20:34   #48
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Question - what benefit does having the commentating team overseas add to the coverage- I get there is no access to the players - but do they really need to send ALL the commentators overseas.
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Old 25th January 2021, 21:01   #49
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Question - what benefit does having the commentating team overseas add to the coverage- I get there is no access to the players - but do they really need to send ALL the commentators overseas.
I guess if you're sending say three commentators, plus a whole crew, you might as well send six. The videolink commentary has been ok but it does feel quite disjointed, especially as they can't see the whole field.
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Old 25th January 2021, 21:45   #50
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I guess if you're sending say three commentators, plus a whole crew, you might as well send six. The videolink commentary has been ok but it does feel quite disjointed, especially as they can't see the whole field.
I agree with this. I am not convinced so many print journos will be making the trips abroad post covid though.
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Old 25th January 2021, 21:51   #51
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I agree with this. I am not convinced so many print journos will be making the trips abroad post covid though.
Nope, a good opportunity for the printed media to cut costs further. I guess you might get one or two free-lancers who travel around and sell their copy but you lose the diversity of different opinions.
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Old 26th January 2021, 09:42   #52
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Business travel in general is going to reduce massively post Covid, cricket will be no exception. There's no doubt that journalists have managed to enjoy holidays to lovely parts of the world on the back of watching cricket from the days before Sky televised everything. I wonder if their bosses may become wise to it, I see no reason why they can't write their reports from what they see on the TV.

For live broadcasting, I think it is important the commentary team is there, they can be so much more insightful (well for those who offer insight) by seeing the whole field. When spectators return, you'd want to get that buzz back through the radio commentary too.
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Old 26th January 2021, 10:57   #53
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There's no doubt that journalists have managed to enjoy holidays to lovely parts of the world on the back of watching cricket from the days before Sky televised everything. I wonder if their bosses may become wise to it, I see no reason why they can't write their reports from what they see on the TV.
Even if it might be considered a nice job to have by cricket fans, working is not a holiday. Having worked as a sports editor and reporter for several years, I can assure you that being sent to report on a sports event does not constitute a holiday in any shape or form. The days can be long and sometimes tedious, you are not free to do whatever you want or any of the other things that are constituent parts of being on a holiday. Sure, in my experience it compares very favourably with sorting mail for a living, but it is still a job of work.

By reporting from the TV, the writers would then simply be relaying TV coverage's version of events into written form, not producing their own impressions. To report on something properly, whatever it may be, requires one to be in attendance.

Would you say that a travel writer enjoys a "holiday" by visiting the places they write about and that they could just as easily form an article from a promotional video?

Writing off the TV will simply result in a colourless presentation of the facts. Memorable cricket writers, such as Alan Gibson, whose reports were reflective of his own experiences on the day, including things such as his journey to the game, would not have produced articles still worth reading decades on if they had been asked to produce copy based on TV coverage.
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Old 26th January 2021, 11:20   #54
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Miles jupp wrote a reasonably good book about being a cricket writer. It is worth a read.

With condensed tours it is less of a holiday but some of the old school tours must have been a right doss at times!
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Old 26th January 2021, 11:24   #55
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Miles jupp wrote a reasonably good book about being a cricket writer. It is worth a read.

With condensed tours it is less of a holiday but some of the old school tours must have been a right doss at times!
But he was faking it, although that made it far more amusing. The fact that he got close to some of the real cricket glitterati made it great.
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Miles jupp wrote a reasonably good book about being a cricket writer. It is worth a read.

With condensed tours it is less of a holiday but some of the old school tours must have been a right doss at times!
The Miles Jupp book gives a great insight into it. It shows also how working with something you love can destroy one's affection for it.

I think it is more the case that reporters were previously expected simply to file their copy and then they could sign off. Some even refused to interview players, saying it didn't constitute part of their job. Now there are expectations to provide pre- and post-match coverage and so on events both on and off the field are microscopically analysed in a way that did not happen before. That the days of John Arlott turning up with two bottles of wine in his briefcase are gone may be for better or worse, depending on how you look at it. As always, one should be wary of wearing rose-tinted glasses.
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BT Sport and Channel 4 in talks to televise the India series...

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BT Sport and Channel 4 in talks to televise the India series...

https://m.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/...pKpBHhhVs WxY
Of more concern is that whoever broadcasts it, 50% of the English presence in the commentary box is Nick Knight.

Looks like I'll be watching on mute.
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The ECB have given Sky the rights to next summer's series against New Zealand for free.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dai...land-June.html
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