Cricket: Radio Sport to drop commentary after this summer

NZME's Radio Sport has announced it will not renew NZ cricket commentary rights next summer.

"Radio Sport has enjoyed being the 'Home of Cricket' for over 20 years and we treasure our connection with New Zealand cricket fans," says NZME head of talk Jason Winstanley.

"We have been in discussions with New Zealand Cricket for some time, but haven't been able to reach agreement on the rights.

"Our cricket coverage has run at a loss - something we've previously been prepared to wear - but we're now taking the opportunity to rethink our offering in this space."

The decision coincides with broadcast rights passing from SKY TV to the Spark Sport online platform.

One notable casualty of the NZME decision could be veteran commentator Bryan Waddle, who was recognised for his services as a sports broadcaster, when he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours.