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Ten barred from cricket venues

By Philip Henderson 01/01/2006 06:43:18 PM Comments (0)

Network 10 has been barred from Australian international cricket venues indefinitely after broadcasting footage of the animated discussion between Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and South African counterpart Graeme Smith after the second Test in Melbourne on Friday.

Cricket Australia public affairs manager Peter Young said the network and all its staff had had accreditation stripped for the rest of the summer and it would remain revoked at CA's "absolute discretion".

Ten had filmed Ponting and Smith engaged in a lively discussion inside the players' tunnel after Australia had claimed victory in the second Test at the MCG.

With Channel Nine holding the exclusive television rights to broadcast cricket in Australia, Young said non-rights holders such as Ten were not allowed to shoot inside venues.

"They were warned at the venue not to use it, and we telephoned them again before it went to air," Young said.

"But we were talking to a fairly low level of the organisation and in subsequent discussions with us their senior management have been apologetic and have advised us that they take this matter very seriously and said they will find out what went wrong.

"They have undertaken to investigate how the particular breach came about and they will to come back to us early next week."

The bar includes all Test matches, one-day internationals and the 20-over match between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane on January 9.

Network 10 was being asked for comment.

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