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Despite the BBC review of Div2 stating that Bradford City's home and away games will be covered on Radio Leeds, it has now been confirmed by presenter Derm Tanner that there will be no live commentaries of home matches.Perhaps by "coverage" they meant pre-match interviews?

Pulse Radio and Radio Leeds are covering away matches but you need to subscribe to The Bantams' Internet service to hear home commentaries.

As an exiled fan,who listens to some matches via the internet I shall miss Derm, because it was always possible to e-mail him with questions whilst he was commentating on a match 400 miles from here and get a rapid response.

How does Sticks Ormondroyd compare?

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comment by Synergy (U4069190)

posted Aug 6, 2009

Well thats just rubbish. Why are they not going to do commentary anymore?? its not like there is and endless list of "big" clubs in west yorkshire!!! I get to a few away games, there seems to be a reasonable amount of naff teams around here, mainly in Lancashire... so easy to get to, But Sats high profile 3 points in Notts is prob about furthest i'll go this season.

I think i can listen online on city website, but thats not the point. Ok we're still in 4th div, but we are a well supported club and plenty of ppl listen to the commentary. Maybe the BBC just want to focus on prem clubs like the rest of the world who thinks the lower "real" leagues are irrelevant. Well good luck as there are no prem teams in West Yorks...

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comment by Synergy (U4069190)

posted Aug 6, 2009

lets face it the only thing that attracts any attention to any div other than the prem is how much money a club has got. there could be a 7 goal thriller but all the bore draw predictable results in the Prem are FAR more interesting...apparently.

oh man u won again!! what a surprise, they got a contraversial penalty, shocking, HOW INTERESTING,zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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posted Aug 7, 2009

The club have really let the supporters dow this time.

Just cos they sell reduced price season tickets, does not give them the right to lose radio commentry.

What about those who can not make the games??? People who are too old or people who are ill. Some of the elderly who have followed city for dacades simply cant get to matches any more and are now being let down by the club...

Shame on you BCFC....

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posted Aug 7, 2009

See the BBC preview of Notts County- it still mentions that there is Radio Leeds commentary of the game, which contradicts Derm Tanner's statement.

What is going on? Where's Peter Scrivener?

I agree that it's very disappointing that the old and infirm,without access to a computer, are being denied live commentaries of home matches.

To make matters worse Pulse will be commentating on Huddersfield home games and popping over to Valley Parade for score flashes!

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posted Aug 7, 2009

Frickley:
I fall into most of the categories you mentioned!
However, while it's not the same - I got used to watching the live text feed. It's not the same as audio, but it's better than nothing!

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posted Aug 7, 2009

Tim and Sticks are possibly the most depressing combination since Myra Hindley and Ian Brady.

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posted Aug 7, 2009

How is it the clubs fault? Pulse won't do commentary on home games, Radio Leeds is just that, Leeds, and BCAFC have never done live broadcast of any of their matches to my knowledge it is always in the remit of the media, radio stations. The club have never let the supporters down apart from once when they refused to honour the 25 year season ticket, that aside I can't think of any other time that I, as a BCAFC fan have ever felt let doen by the club, disappointed by the team occasionally, very occasionally, but not the club.

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posted Aug 7, 2009

To clarify...

Bradford City have decided to not let any radio station provide commentary on the radio on home matches in the league, League Cup, and JP Trophy. The only exceptions will be if Bradford City play Huddersfield Town at home in the League Cup or JP Trophy. BBC Radio Leeds has the radio commentary rights for Huddersfield Town's home and away matches, and would add its Bradford City commentators to the Huddersfield Town commentary team. Radio Leeds added Leeds United's commentators to Huddersfield Town's commentary team when the two League One clubs met last season. Such an arrangement brings to an end for now at least, to the era of Radio Leeds providing two commentaries of Huddersfield Town verses Bradford City simultaneously.

The BBC can still provide commentary on home FA Cup matches because of an agreement with the FA that transcends Bradford City's usual commentary arrangements. Presumably the BBC will also be able to provide commentary on the home leg of Bradford City's play-off semi-final if Bradford make the play-offs.

All of Bradford City's away matches in all competitions can be heard on BBC Radio Leeds. The match against Notts county will be on 774 AM and on DAB. Pulse Sport is providing the online commentaries home and away on Bradford City's website, and the away matches can also be heard on Pulse 2, which is available on 1278 AM in Bradford, 1530 AM in Kirklees and Calderdale, and on DAB in those three districts.

I am not a Bradford fan, but I am not happy with this growing trend. In Yorkshire it started with Barnsley not allowing Radio Sheffield to provide commentaries on their matches for a season because Radio Sheffield wouldn't pay them enough money. Last season, Leeds United stopped radio stations other than Yorkshire Radio broadcasting the vast majority of their matches, and now Bradford City have done the same with their home matches, only their home matches aren't even available on digital radio.

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posted Aug 8, 2009

Correction: the matches I said would be on Pulse 2 will be on the Pulse, 97.5 FM in Bradford, 102.5 FM in Kirklees and Calderdale, and DAB in those three districts.

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posted Aug 8, 2009

Bradford City value home commentary rights at 430 per match, nearly 10000 over the season. They say the Pulse and Radio Leeds were both unwilling to pay the amount of money, and that the amount they are willing to pay has decreased in recent years. Derm Tanner says the 430 figure is a 66% increase on last year.

In their defence, Radio Leeds say that the amount they pay for rights is dependent on what division the team (in this case Bradford City) is in. As Bradford have gone down, so has the amount Radio Leeds are willing to pay.

Derm Tanner says that Bradford had a policy from the start to make home commentaries exclusively available on the Bradford City website, but that is disputed by Bradford, who are exploring ways to help disabled and elderly people get access to the online-only commentaries, including paying for their subscriptions so they don't have to.

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