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Old 18th April 2018, 23:04   #4721
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The rights were sold by the host boards apparently, nothing to do with the BBC.
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Old 19th April 2018, 12:24   #4722
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The rights were sold by the host boards apparently, nothing to do with the BBC.
They didn't offer up enough cash - entirely down to them.

If you don't think the BBC wastes money on nonsense that could have been better spent on TMS rights for the winter then I have a bridge for sale.
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Old 20th April 2018, 14:37   #4723
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They didn't offer up enough cash - entirely down to them.

If you don't think the BBC wastes money on nonsense that could have been better spent on TMS rights for the winter then I have a bridge for sale.
I realise this is probably blasphemy on here, but I find TMS a cringe-inducing pile of ear-****, so I don't really care that much!
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Old 20th April 2018, 15:53   #4724
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I realise this is probably blasphemy on here, but I find TMS a cringe-inducing pile of ear-****, so I don't really care that much!
Is it the pro-England bias you don't like ?

I wondered if Sky (who owns Talksport) 's main aim in bidding for the rights was to make the radio coverage so awful that more people would subscribe to watch on TV ?
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Old 20th April 2018, 21:01   #4725
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Old 23rd April 2018, 11:42   #4726
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Must admit that TMS has become a caricature of itself - some seem to go down the "My dear old thing" route like Dagnall - Swann just seems to do impressions,Agnew is obviously distracted,Boycott actually makes good comments but then descends into nostalgia and his stock phrases - I find Ed Smith another one in the Angus Fraser/Alec Stewart mould - interesting but dull as ditchwater to listen to - some of the newer ones like Ebony Rainsford Brent etc.are a bit too excitable for me,they should learn that sometimes less is more.
Of all Ive heard in the last few years and dont mind too much - Vic Marks,Simon Hughes,Tuffers,Simon Mann,Alison Mitchell.
I miss CMJ and Bill Frindall.
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Old 23rd April 2018, 13:02   #4727
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Didnt they have it in the Windies in 04 or around then ? I always remember listening to it because every few minutes it was "...coverage of the series,brought to you by ....." drove me mad.
Regus office solutions or similar, I think it was. It was very irritating. I barely listen to TalkSh1te but occasionally do for football and itís fairly poor. I donít look forward to them having another go.

TMS clearly has its failings but I donít buy the amount of flak it gets on here as a real reflection of its merits either.
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Old 23rd April 2018, 14:18   #4728
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Regus office solutions or similar, I think it was. It was very irritating. I barely listen to TalkSh1te but occasionally do for football and itís fairly poor. I donít look forward to them having another go.

TMS clearly has its failings but I donít buy the amount of flak it gets on here as a real reflection of its merits either.
When push comes to shove its still better than most - I suppose my main moan is that the younger ones get a bit over excitable and sound like they are commentating on a football match - I listen to TMS because its relaxing, not because I want someone shouting in my ear every time theres a run taken.
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Must admit that TMS has become a caricature of itself - some seem to go down the "My dear old thing" route like Dagnall - Swann just seems to do impressions,Agnew is obviously distracted,Boycott actually makes good comments but then descends into nostalgia and his stock phrases - I find Ed Smith another one in the Angus Fraser/Alec Stewart mould - interesting but dull as ditchwater to listen to - some of the newer ones like Ebony Rainsford Brent etc.are a bit too excitable for me,they should learn that sometimes less is more.
Of all Ive heard in the last few years and dont mind too much - Vic Marks,Simon Hughes,Tuffers,Simon Mann,Alison Mitchell.
I miss CMJ and Bill Frindall.
Well there'll be no Ed Smith as he'll be too busy as National Selector. Perhaps he'll pop in now and then to justify the selections.

Tufnell is one of the best on the test matches. Dagnall and Ebony are a very entertaining team on one-day cricket. I like Alison Mitchell also. And I have to say that I am getting used to Dan Norcross - or he is getting better. He's calmed down a lot since he started. I'm afraid that James Taylor is the most boring commentator ever with a very monotonous voice.
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Well there'll be no Ed Smith as he'll be too busy as National Selector. Perhaps he'll pop in now and then to justify the selections.

Tufnell is one of the best on the test matches. Dagnall and Ebony are a very entertaining team on one-day cricket. I like Alison Mitchell also. And I have to say that I am getting used to Dan Norcross - or he is getting better. He's calmed down a lot since he started. I'm afraid that James Taylor is the most boring commentator ever with a very monotonous voice.
I refuse to believe James Taylor is more boring than Alec Stewart.
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I refuse to believe James Taylor is more boring than Alec Stewart.
On content you may be right but his delivery is a bit more animated.
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I don't begrudge Taylor having a career on broadcasting after what he's been through but he is from the ECB school of deadpan personality-free media training. He's ok on one day matches but having him for whole Tests would be overkill. Stewart at least has a bit of dry humour, not that he seems to be on TMS much anyway.
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I refuse to believe James Taylor is more boring than Alec Stewart.
Angus Fraser and Gatting were a bit dull but I reckon the dullest of the lot was Gooch - Alex Stewart was dull but at least he usually had to toddle off quite often so it wasnt quite as bad.
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I'm dreading TalkSport's coverage. Some of their presenters broadcast is if Alan Partridge never happened - Andrew McKenna, Russell Hargreaves, in particular. Their Cricket Correspondent, John Norman, carries little gravitas and merely regurgitates received opinion; TalkSport's choice of 'experts' on their IPL coverage is such a mixed bag. We can only hope they use the brilliant Adam Collins on commentary and Derek Pringle as expert, and don't allow McKenna or Norman anywhere near a mic.

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Bill Lawrie has retired at the age of 81.
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Bill Lawrie has retired at the age of 81.
For all intents and purposes he's been retired for awhile now. The token gesture to drag him out every boxing day test only served to bitterly expose how awful the present nine team were. Since Grieg died he was never himself, and they should have just shut it all down when Richie passed.
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Seems like Aggers has moved to even higher levels of smugness than usual - I'm finding it very hard to listen to him anymore.
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