Nottingham Forest have agreed a three-year commentary deal with BBC Radio Nottingham.
The club had already confirmed it was in ‘a period of negotiation’ with the broadcaster over commentary rights for the 2013/14 season after the existing deal had expired. An online petition calling for clarity on the situation reached over 2,500 signatures.
Responding to fans’ questions on Twitter last night, Billy Davies’ advisor Jim Price said: “I agreed the radio deal today. Contract papers to be signed over the next day or so… a normal three-year agreement.
“Commentary was always going to be available. Ready to finalise alternative solution yesterday but no need now.”
However, Mike Bettison, editor of BBC Radio Nottingham, said on Twitter: “It would be premature to say a deal was done… anything said by the club is premature. Still in negotiation.”
The petition expressed the concerns of many fans: ‘The BBC Radio Nottingham team — Robin Chipperfield, Colin Fray and John McGovern — provide a great match-day analysis for the thousands of fans who cannot make the game, for these people this has been the normal match-day experience for a number of years.’
The commentary is also featured on Forest Player for fans who live outside the range of the local broadcast.
There was no response to questions about post-match interviews on BBC Radio Nottingham with Davies.
Price also confirmed that the club had withdrawn their interest in Burnley striker Charlie Austin, other targets were now being focused on and there is “good progress made on two deals”.