Sports minister Hugh Robertson today announced that the decision on whether to re-list home Ashes tests for free-to-air TV will be deferred to 2013.
The government’s official rationale is a preference to wait until the digital TV switchover is complete in 2012. Unless of course they’ve chosen to fudge a politically fraught decision which either way will anger someone – the public, or the ECB.
2013 is itself a home Ashes year – and how today’s news will affect that series is as yet unclear.
But this at least provides us with more time and a greater opportunity to make the (already compelling) case to government that major home series must be on free television. Write to your MP, lobby Hugh Robertson, e-mail the newspapers’ letters pages, make your voice heard. This issues is far too important to let politicians decide on our behalf.