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BBC renews radio cricket contract

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The BBC has agreed a new four-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board for the international cricket radio rights from 2010 to 2013.

The new contract, which covers ball-by-ball commentary, ensures that Test Match Special (TMS) is guaranteed on the BBC up to and including 2013.

"Test Match Special is one of the 'crown jewels' of BBC Sport," said BBC Sport director Roger Mosey.

"We're delighted that it will continue for four more years."

ECB commercial director John Perera paid tribute to the work of the BBC and TMS.

"BBC's radio coverage of international cricket has set the standard for broadcasting across the world," he said.

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"TMS is an iconic programme which has become a part of the very tapestry of British life.

"We are extremely pleased that we have been able to conclude this deal with BBC Radio and look forward to working with them for the next four years."

The ECB says the deal concludes its major broadcasting contracts until 2013, and Perera expressed satisfaction with the deals.

"All sports are finding the tough economic times trying at present," he added. "So to be able to conclude broadcasting deals with Sky Sports, Five, ESPN Star Sports and now BBC Radio, which together show a cumulative above-RPI rise in revenues, is very satisfying.

"I think that this demonstrates that there is real interest and value in cricket in England and Wales."

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