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Cricket (Television Coverage)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

17. To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what plans she has to meet the England and Wales Cricket Board and the major broadcasters to discuss television coverage of test match cricket. (74934)

As I made clear, both at the Select Committee hearing on 29 November and in my response to the Committee Report, published in March, I am willing to convene a meeting between the terrestrial broadcasters and BSkyB, but only upon the understanding that the broadcasters are willing to negotiate with BSkyB. To that end, I wrote to the major broadcasters on 16 May to canvass their views on whether such a meeting would be useful. We have yet to receive all the responses.