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eltrain

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I can see that for Olympics and Tennis, even footy gets a fair slice of female viewers. But I like to think cricket viewership (I'm including T20 under a loose definition of "cricket") is more discerning.
Networks clearly don't think so, otherwise Slats wouldn't kep getting gigs, and they would crunch numbers big time on these things.
Slats doesn’t strike me as the sort of bloke that would have female viewers flocking. Somehow got a gig on that striptease show that Seven keep flogging so I must be missing something!
 

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For the record, here's what last month's Australian Cricket Press for Progress Report had to say about female tv viewership:
Gender diversity in television audiences expanded once again. Previous highs in female viewership on FTA (36% - 39%) were maintained, while the diversity of male-skewed subscription channels decreased slightly (32% - 35%). BBL and Test matches drew the most diverse audiences amongst men's formats, followed by the rebel Women's Big Bash League.
The latest figures I've seen for AFL has the female tv audience at around 43%.
 

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Nattering Ned is a rambler who rails at any idea that is remotely progressive. PVO is the least worst of the Strayan's political writers, but he tends to sit on the fence too much.
Second best, then. Pardon me for not recalling them all.

Back on topic. Channel 7 are likely to dumb down the cricket to a cringeworthy level, like they do with their programming generally.

Channel 9's cricket coverage was innovative in the 1980s before descending into staleness for many years and, latterly, lazy jingoism, especially in the Brad McNamara era [hi to Brad if your Google alerts are still active]. Geoff Lemon's article from 2015 about the dire state of Channel 9's cricket coverage is superb.
Yep. Hilarious that CA are being hoist by their own money-grubbing petard ATM.
 

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The debt-laden network would not comment on how much it had paid but it was less than $25 million. Seven is due to make its three final payments in November, December and January but managing director James Warburton declared they would not make those instalments, effectively valuing the rights at a quarter of their annual value.

"Seven has paid the first instalment reflecting our fair value."
 

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It is probably in Foxtels best interest to sit this one out in the short term and see how the cards fall after Ch 7 and CA thrash it out. Very real chance that if 7 or CA spit the dummy, that a new contract with better terms for Foxtel might be in play.

I wouldn't be shocked if Channel 7 walked away, and in the fall out we ended up with Foxtel getting exclusive sessions of the cricket, particularly given how it seems networks want the cricket more as a lead in to news/TV as opposed to a stand-alone product.

Something like only the last session of the day on free to air, or even an English style highlights package each day as opposed to live coverage, is probably in play rightly or wrongly.
 

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It is probably in Foxtels best interest to sit this one out in the short term and see how the cards fall after Ch 7 and CA thrash it out. Very real chance that if 7 or CA spit the dummy, that a new contract with better terms for Foxtel might be in play.

I wouldn't be shocked if Channel 7 walked away, and in the fall out we ended up with Foxtel getting exclusive sessions of the cricket, particularly given how it seems networks want the cricket more as a lead in to news/TV as opposed to a stand-alone product.

Something like only the last session of the day on free to air, or even an English style highlights package each day as opposed to live coverage, is probably in play rightly or wrongly.
You would think at a minimum we won't see both Fox and Seven flying big production teams around for Test Matches. We might see one feed with one set of commentors like the AFL?
 

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I think commentating off of a TV screen from Victoria/NSW is more likely, but it is definitely possible that Channel 7 decide to just take the Foxtel feed perhaps with a panel show of Ponting and a few others during drinks and breaks (similar to Woodbridge/Healy and the 2019 Ashes)
 

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I think commentating off of a TV screen from Victoria/NSW is more likely, but it is definitely possible that Channel 7 decide to just take the Foxtel feed perhaps with a panel show of Ponting and a few others during drinks and breaks (similar to Woodbridge/Healy and the 2019 Ashes)
I think that’s a big possibility for this Summer.

As to the previous point about tests not being on FTA other than highlights/ final sessions - it’s probably just not possible mid broadcast deal given the other commercial agreements CA would have that are contingent on tests being on FTA. Combine that with the massive PR fallout, Fox not being flush with cash themselves to buy exclusivity, an interest from 9 and the lack of a channel willing to do a deal with Fox for that test exclusivity and it’s hard to see it happening currently.

My money would be on it being sold to the ABC on the (relative) cheap before it being put behind a paywall.

The BBL on the other hand is a totally different kettle of fish and I think it may be on Pay TV only this year.
 

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It's funny how channel 7 and fox are being bad faith actors towards CA after CA stitched up channel 10 during the original rights negotiations. 7 and Fox don't have a leg to stand on but CA are getting their just deserts for being so absolutely incompetent, short sighted and seemingly egotistical.
Missed your experience in the media field, do law at Monash?
 

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Missed your experience in the media field, do law at Monash?
Sure because you know this is the internet so yeah I have multiple degrees in law and the media and guess what I am even the king of the moon! Imagine that! The honour of conversing with a king you must feel pretty special right now :kissingheart:
 

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