High price: Australia state broadcaster dumps India Tests

As a general rule, ABC covers Australia's Test matches in India, although it did not broadcast the 2010 series as it clashed with the Commonwealth Games.

updated: February 12, 2013 09:26 IST
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Sydney: Australia's public broadcaster said on Tuesday that it will not broadcast or report live from the upcoming cricket Test series in India after deciding not to pay inflated rights fees.

The ABC said it could not afford the broadcast rights fees demanded by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), understood to be much higher for the four-Test series beginning February 22 than previous Australian tours.

It had still intended to send veteran radio commentator Jim Maxwell, but the BCCI refused him accreditation.

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