In Papua New Guinea, Cricket Australia has entered into agreements with both free-to-air operators for the next two years: NBC PNG for the Australian men’s and women’s internationals, and EMTV for the KFC Big Bash League.
“This is wonderful news for the cricketing loving public of Papua New Guinea, who will now have the opportunity to watch some of the best international cricket on free-to-air TV,” said Cricket PNG Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Greg Campbell.
NBC PNG will be the exclusive free-to-air broadcast partner for both the Australian men’s and women’s internationals played in Australia, with simulcast wherever possible on NBC Radio. This includes the 2017-18 Ashes series.
EMTV has secured exclusive free-to-air rights for the KFC Big Bash League.
“This is another way to promote this wonderful game to the wider community here in PNG. We know that a majority of the current HEBOU PNG Barramundis and the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas grew up watching Test Cricket and One Day Internationals on their TV in cities and villages across the country,” concluded Campbell.
These agreements are the latest to be negotiated by Cricket Australia.
Over the past 18 months, CA has successfully concluded rights deals in the UK (BT Group plc), South Africa (SuperSport), Africa (Econet Media, excluding Northern Africa and South Africa), the Caribbean (IMC and CWI), the US (Willow and NBC Sports Network), Canada (Asian Television Network) and New Zealand (Sky Network Television Ltd).