The Ashes will return to terrestrial TV in 2013, as the government intends to restore them to the list of 'Crown Jewel' events, accepting the results of an independent review.
This is absolutely the right decision - they should never have been removed from the listings in the first place. While this will cost the ECB some money, the additional coverage of the sport will be welcomed. 7 million viewers saw the 2005 Oval Test match end in a draw, while only a peak of 2 million saw this year's climactic event.
One in the eye for Sky, there.
I'm sure that this has nothing whatsoever to do with Murdoch's shift to supporting Cameron.
No. Not at all.