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ITV4 secures Ashes highlights deal

ITV4 also allowed to broadcast highlights of England's Twenty20 and One Day International series ear

ITV will screen highlights of England's 2010-11 Ashes series in Australia free-to-air, as part of a deal with Cricket Australia (formerly Australian Cricket Board) and IMG Media, a division of the global sports and media company IMG Worldwide.

As per the agreement, ITV4 will broadcast a comprehensive one-hour highlights programme every evening at 10pm during the series which begins on 25 November in Brisbane. Sky Sports has exclusive rights to show live Ashes matches.

The highlights programmes will be produced by ITV Sport and Perform and will be presented by the former English cricketer Mark Nicholas.

ITV's Controller of Sport Niall Sloane said: "There is huge demand to see England defend the Ashes and I'm delighted that we have secured highlights, free-to-air for UK viewers. "

The deal also allows ITV4 to broadcast highlights of England's Twenty20 and One Day International series against Australia in January and February next year.

The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.