UK commercial radio broadcaster Talksport has gained exclusive rights to England’s 2019/20 cricket tour of South Africa, beating the BBC in the process.
All Tests, one-day internationals (ODI) and Twenty20 matches are covered by the agreement – starting in December 2019.
The deal leaves the BBC with only one England tour, the two Test and five T20 stint in New Zealand, as the only possibility for a Test Match Special (TMS) broadcast across the next two winters. The radio contract for next year’s New Zealand tour is yet to be awarded.
This winter will be the first without a TMS broadcast since 2005 following Talksport’s deal to cover England’s upcoming tours to Sri Lanka and the West Indies, which was announced in April.
While the BBC remain the rightsholder to all England home series, Talksport has now secured coverage of three of England’s four overseas series over the next two years.
Scott Taunton, chief executive of Talksport owners Wireless, said: “This investment is a further commitment from us to this great game and these upcoming winter tours are set to be just as exciting as this golden summer of cricket.”
The radio station is also broadcasting the Ryder Cup along with boxer Anthony Joshua’s fight against Alexander Povetkin across its network.
Talksport’s latest cricket coverage gets underway on 10th October with the first ODI against Sri Lanka.