Cricket and Broadcasting

By Jack Williams

Cricket and Broadcasting

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7748-7
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2011
  • BIC Category: SPORTS & RECREATION / Cricket, History, History, Cricket, PERFORMING ARTS / Television / General, Radio & Television Industry, Lifestyle, sport & leisure / Cricket
  • Series: Studies in Popular Culture


Cricket and broadcasting explores how the significance of radio and television to cricket in England has grown since the beginnings of broadcasting.

Since the Second World War cricket has been increasingly shaped by its relationship with broadcasting which has been a force for conservatism and change. Representations of cricket on radio and television have done much to determine levels of interest and participation in the sport. Major changes such as the growth of the limited-overs game, the expansion of international cricket, reforms to County Championship and the rise of sponsorship were dependent on support from television, and income from television has enabled county cricket to survive as the highest form of domestic cricket in England.

This accessibly written book will be essential reading for scholars and students of sports history, social and cultural history, and media studies.


Williams makes a compelling argument for a need to develop a detailed study of the relationship between cricket and broadcasting in order to understand how radio, and then television, transformed the sport.
Richard Haynes, Sport in History, 10/10/2012


List of images
List of tables
1. The extent of cricket broadcasting
2. Broadcasters and cricket
3. The evolution of radio cricket coverage
4. The television presentation of cricket
5. Broadcasting and images of cricket
6. Broadcasting and the financing of cricket
7. Broadcasting and the playing and watching of cricket
8. Broadcasting, players and stars


Jack Williams is a Research Fellow in History at Liverpool John Moores University.

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