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Spectacle of Singapore offers F1’s best chance of attracting a new audience | Giles Richards

The dazzling race on a floodlit cityscape circuit is a vital tool for selling the sport to potential fans when there is precious little free-to-air coverage available, particularly in the UKThe floodlit cityscape of Singapore will host Formula One agai…

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No offer of presenter job for David Gower despite BBC Today cameo

• Sky presenter’s Today appearance coincides with start of Test• Former Test captain’s anchor duties ending after Ashes seriesThe BBC is not planning to offer a permanent presenter role to David Gower, who is set to leave Sky at the end of his contract…

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Ben Stokes’s miracle Headingley knock sets Test record for Sky

• Broadcaster registers peak of 2.1 million UK viewers• Channel 5’s one-hour highlights package attracts 2 millionBen Stokes and the miracle of Headingley resulted in Sky’s highest audience for a day of live Test cricket, with a peak of 2.1 million UK …

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David Gower was always so welcoming to viewers but he now faces long goodbye | Emma John

Gower is ‘being retired’ by Sky after the Ashes. His palpable kindness, making us feel safe in a sport that can be – especially to the uninitiated – a little intimidating, will be missedThe news that David Gower will be laying down his microphone – or,…

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4.5 million Britons watch Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air

Viewing peaked for drama of super over but still lagged behind Wimbledon finalEngland’s cricket World Cup victory attracted a peak TV audience of 4.5 million people on Channel 4, as live international cricket returned to free-to-air television for the …

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Tactical toilet breaks and apple on willow: what free-to-air cricket could inspire | Max Rushden

Putting the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air TV could just be a one-off, but what if it was the start of something more?In the summer of ‘93, everyone at my school became a leg-spinner. We’d never seen leg-spin before Shane Warne arrived. Not tha…

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Welcome glimpse of England’s Cricket World Cup charge would still infuriate | Vic Marks

The bemusement of Liam Plunkett and co is understandable – their glory bid should be available to all on free-to-air TVThere has been a buzz around the England camp as well as a sense of puzzlement. They are in the semi-finals; they are playing well, t…

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Liam Plunkett wants Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television

• England bowler wants ‘as many people to watch it as possible’• Sky viewing figures dwarfed by Women’s football World CupLiam Plunkett has thrown his support behind the idea of the Cricket World Cup final being screened on a free-to-air platform, sayi…

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Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on free-to-air platform

• Sky executives understood to be considering one-off move• Options include online streaming of Lord’s final on 14 JulyThe Cricket World Cup final could yet be shown on a free-to-air platform in the UK, with the rights holder, Sky, understood to be con…

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Gordon Strachan will not appear on Sky again after Adam Johnson remarks

• Former Scotland manager will no longer be used by broadcaster• Strachan seemed to conflate Johnson issue with racial abuseThe former Scotland manager Gordon Strachan will no longer be used by Sky Sports after controversial comments in which he appear…

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Three men sentenced to total of 17 years over illegal Premier League streaming

The fraudulent companies earned in excess of £5m‘Mastermind’ Steven King jailed for more than seven years Three operators of a pirate streaming organisation which provided illegal access to Premier League games to more than 1,000 pubs, clubs and homes …

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No longer At The Races: Sky Sports comes under starter’s orders | Greg Wood

The broadcaster wants to revolutionise televised racing – and is prepared to invest money and resources to do soThere are unlikely to be many mourners when At The Races officially expires at midnight on Monday. After all, and with all due respect to th…

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Sky Sports Racing secures rights to broadcast French racing from January

• Coverage will switch from Racing UK, which shows Irish racing• Sky now expected to push ITV for showpiece events from 2020Sky Sports Racing, which will replace the At The Races digital channel in 14 million homes in Britain and Ireland from 2019, con…

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England v Switzerland to be screened in black and white

Opening of match will be monochrome to mark anti-racism campaign’s anniversaryAn England match will be broadcast in black and white for the first time in half a century when Gareth Southgate’s men take on Switzerland on Tuesday evening.Viewers tuning i…

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Can Amazon ace it in the brutal arena of live sports broadcasting?

The company hopes coverage of the US Open will put it on equal footing to Sky, after failures by several streaming servicesWhen Andy Murray returns to Grand Slam tennis at this week’s US Open, he won’t be the only one with big-day nerves, as Amazon loo…

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Fans forced to pay more as Eleven Sports and Amazon add to TV rights jumble | Martha Kelner

Cost to supporters wanting to follow all the major football leagues rises as Sky and BT face growing competitionIf you had the time or indeed the inclination to watch every screened football match from the top tier of all the major European leagues thi…

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Fans forced to pay more as Eleven Sports and Amazon add to TV rights jumble | Martha Kelner

Cost to supporters wanting to follow all the major football leagues rises as Sky and BT face growing competitionIf you had the time or indeed the inclination to watch every screened football match from the top tier of all the major European leagues thi…

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Sky and BT looking to up their game with shadow of Amazon looming

In the final season of the current rights deal, before online streaming becomes officially available in the UK, both major broadcasters have seen high-profile pundits departLights, camera … time for action as Sky and BT gear up for another nine months …