9 News – After four decades as the home of cricket, Channel Nine is to stop broadcasting the sport after 2020.
- “We wish Cricket Australia and its new broadcast partners well for the future success of the game.
- “Cricket will continue to be a part of Nine’s schedule into the future with current deals in place covering the next ashes series from England in 2019, the ODI World Cup in the UK in the same year and in 2020 the T20 World Cups to be held in Australia.
- “In response to media speculation concerning cricket rights, Seven West Media Limited advises that it has been informed by Cricket Australia that it is the successful bidder with Foxtel,” the network said in a statement.
- Ten, which entered a joint bid for the cricket rights with Nine a fortnight ago, said it was proud of everything it had achieved with the Big Bash League and the Women’s Big Bash League.
- “Network Ten turned the Big Bash League into the television phenomenon it is today and one of the most popular sports in Australia, a sport that all Australians were able enjoy for free,” the CBS-backed broadcaster said in a statement.