F1 » Statement from BBC Head of F1, Ben Gallop

In response to the debate generated by today's BBC/Sky Sports announcement, the Beeb's Head of F1, Ben Gallop, has sought to cast some light upon the rationale behind the new joint arrangement

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Racing - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:25 PM

This is just stupid in my opinion. BBC's F1 coverage is by far the most entertaining thing on TV. FP1,2,3 live on red button. Great quailfying show and a fantastic race day package where you can choose different comentatary feeds, use the driver-tracker AND watch the full race with onboard cameras. NOT TO MENTION the brilliant BBC F1 forum with great insight from MB,DC and EJ. Jake is a great man to lead the show.

To sum up, F1 on BBC is fantastic, absolutly amazing. WHY DO THINGS NEED TO CHANGE?

stephen patton - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:25 PM

Sounds to me like he's saying Bernie was asking a price that the BBC couldn't pay.
I wonder did Bernie know this and keep to the concord agreement and also coup the move to pay per view.
It's time for the teams to get the legal heads in and form a breakaway series.
Another lifelong f1 fan who won't pay sky

John Johnson - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:31 PM

As we now already pay now through our TV licence fee it begs the question which broadcaster returns the best value for money, BBC or Sky. Are all the 10.2 million UK Sky subscribers now happy to pay their subscriptions to a private organisation that makes so much profit and is controlled by the dictates of so few? Yes or No?

Ligga - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:32 PM

BBC could save money by cutting MotoGP. We all know true bike fans watch it on Eurosport with Toby, Jules and Neil. No point in sending the BBC MotoGP crew 6000 miles over to laguna Seca for an hours coverage on Sunday night, absoulte waste.


July 29, 2011 6:37 PM

Mmm.They can break with tradition and dump snooker,darts,cricket,F1.
Break with tradition,and dump Wimbledon,World Cup,FA Cup and any of that other ******** football shyte you ram down our throats!
Also,the things about dancing,either on ice or not,and Eastenders 3 nights a week.And maybe Wogan,Moyles,Evans Clarkson and all of the other huge egos we have to endure.
There you go,I've just saved you £100 million a year!!

massive f1 fan - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:39 PM

Beeb if i wanted to read about what happend in a sport i could read it but i dont want to read about f1 i want to WATCH it on the tv and not read about it. i will not be ripped off into paying for it on sky and lining the pockets of murdock

Mr Bob - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:47 PM

Clearly, the BBC need to find someone to teach them the definition of 'Commitment', as thats the second over paid fool in a suit to incorrectly use it on this subject today.
Maybe F1 fans should demonstrate the meaning of it by showing their commitment to paying for 6 months worth of licence fee instead of the full amount- the BBC in turn could then reduce the salary of these procrastinating buffoons by 50% as a sign of further commitment.
The Beeb produces an excessive amount of bilge masquerading as entertainment, pay over the odds for 'talent', who they then shoe horn into every conceivable type of programme possible resulting in us poor sods having to spend well over £100 each year to not watch any of it. At least ITV is free so i can avoid their tripe as i wish without any cost.

Martyn Love - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 6:53 PM

What is likely to happen with Sky is that they will use the same trick as they pulled on me with motor cycle speedway. Told me I should sign up to SKY2 Sports for this service. Needless to say the next race was on Sky 1 and the following on Sky 3 (which of course you can only get if you have signed up to both 1 & 2!!!The BBC had just got together the best coverage ever and now they are throwing it away!
Formula 1, forget it.

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