F1 » Ecclestone rubbishes F1 sale reports

Bernie Ecclestone plays down talk that News Corporation is looking to secure control of F1

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Niall Barber - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 9:53 AM

Great, just another way for Murdoch to ruin television. F1 is one of the very few sports that is actually broadcasted on mainstream t.v. and he's taking that too? absolute bullsh*t.

RD350LC - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 10:21 AM

And there was me thinking things could not get any worse than Bernie & his money grabbing
How wrong I was, let's hope that the media baron with nationality of convenience doesn't get anywhere near
As If RM gets involved that will be the end of F1

new f1fan - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 11:14 AM

Nooooooooo,F1 is the best sport in the world and if he buys it it will soon become the worst,don't you own enough already how much more do you want? LEAVE OUR GREAT F1 ALONE!!!

ads - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 11:50 AM

and all of a sudden everyone loves Bernie!! this is why I have always liked him for this very reason. he may be a bit senile but in general he knows exactly what the sport needs.

cas - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 11:52 AM

Wonderful, the WRC vanished behind the iron curtain of ESPN only poking its head out to the few subscribers who are willing to pay an additional £14 a month, and now f1 could beheading the same route.

We all know they want to increase the spectical and get more people watching putting it behind the pay tv curtain would be another nail in f1's coffin,

I refuse to pay for sky tv not because its crap or that nothing is on, I dont spend enough time infront of the tv to justify the cost, so theres no way would I consider paying £20 a month subscription and then more for the f1

Ben M - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 12:49 PM

Quote from Bernie on the BBC News site:

"We would not sell to a media company because it would restrict the ability to negotiate with other broadcasters," he said.

Murdoch may be another money-obsessive old man but he's no match for Bernie.

andrew. - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 12:52 PM

I wouldn't panic just yet.

The BBC says the reports are just rumours and complete rubbish. More than likely, Murdoch will become a series sponsor just in time for the US GP. His empire is apparently not big in the US so getting a bit of advertising on F1 is what is likely going to happen.

Besides, is anyone rich enough in the world to cross MrEs palm with enough silver before he parts with F1?

davecooper - Unregistered

April 20, 2011 1:00 PM

Once the regular WRC coverage went from normal TV, I lost interest in it and I am sure that the same will happen if F1 goes the same way. I watch very little TV as it is and there is nothing on Sky that would pursuade me otherwise.

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