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Volume 6 No. 215


Pakistan’s first cricket tour to India in five years "faced a media blackout" Monday after int'l news agencies, including the AFP, suspended coverage over a decision to bar their photo counterparts, according to the AFP. News outlets said that they would not be filing any text or pictures after the Board of Control for Cricket in India "refused to accredit the int'l picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images as well as two Indian agencies." Other int'l agencies that are members of the coalition, such as Reuters and the AP, "will also halt text and photo coverage." News Media Coalition, which represents a group of media organizations, said: "It is regrettable that the politically-charged Pakistan tour will be affected by the BCCI’s failure to recognise the long-standing importance of photographic news agencies in the flow of sport and news images every day." A BCCI spokesperson would not comment "but did refer reporters to a statement issued for the England tour." The statement said there was "no intention to censor or limit bonafide new reporting" and emphasized that news agencies had been accredited (AFP, 12/24).

English TV presenter Suzi Perry will replace Jake Humphrey as presenter for BBC's F1 coverage "from the start of next season," according to the BBC. Perry, 42, previously presented the BBC's MotoGP coverage for 10 years, as well as reporting on other sports. Perry: "Motorsport is my life, and I've really missed being away from the grid." The BBC also confirmed that the British, Belgian, Italian and Brazilian Grands Prix are "among 10 races that will be shown live on terrestrial TV." However, the Monaco Grand Prix "will not be shown live on the BBC" (BBC, 12/21). The London TELEGRAPH reported Perry was "the favourite from a shortlist of three, which included BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie and radio presenter Mark Pougatch." BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans had been "hotly tipped to take over," but fell out of the running because F1's 20-race calendar "proved to be too much of a conflict with his other commitments" (TELEGRAPH, 12/21).

UTV Media, owner of radio broadcaster TalkSport and Sport magazine, has "been dealt an end-of-year hammer blow" with news that Managing Dir of Sales Adam Bullock and Program Dir Moz Dee are leaving the company, according to Arif Durrani of MEDIA WEEK. The pair are "planning to launch a new media company" called CONTENTed Digital Media in '13. Bullock joined UTV as sales director in '04. He was promoted to managing director in '09 when the company acquired the free weekly print business of London's Sport magazine. During his tenure, Bullock is "credited with driving the most commercially successful part of UTV Media’s business, achieving consistent double-digit growth in annual revenues." Dee joined TalkSport in '08, from BBC 5live where he had been managing editor in '08 (MEDIA WEEK, 12/20).