F1 » BBC faced losing F1 altogether without Sky deal

The BBC's director of sport Barbara Slater has defended the corporation's decision to share its F1 coverage with subscription-only channel Sky Sports from 2012, claiming it was the only way to continue broadcasting the sport at all

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July 29, 2011 7:02 PM
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Big step backward for F1. Instead of improving it is slowly selling up.
No live timing or live tracking for deferred races and highlights. Its all falling apart...

We alredy pay:

TV licence fee, Internet connection fee,
As taxpayers we contribute to hosting races (most tracks) We bailed out RBS and ING (big ex-F1 sponsors) while Bernies pockets get fuller.

Get rid of Bernie and CVC (taking 50% of profits) and save few hundred million a year. That will mean lower fees for broadcasters and more money going back to F1 teams!!!

And unlike F1s overpaid greedy millionaires we stay in the UK, pay income taxes, council taxes, support charities (East Africa, Red cross), bail out other countries in the Eurozone, etc. Dont try to squeeze more money from fans to support F1.

CMcL - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 7:12 PM

I don't see what the problem is, for those that can't/won't pay to see the race live on Sky they can watch repeats of Cash/Crap in the Attic, Bargain/Tatt Hunt, 20yo Sitcoms, period dross/drama, live dominos, etc etc for the few hours until the Beeb shows the extended highlights just after their news show that tells the viewer the result. Money well spent BBC

PS. I don't know why people call me a sarcastic git

Chris Dring - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 7:39 PM

Yet again the family silver has been sold off!
The one thing for certain is that the 'powers that be' do not give a toss about the fans! How bloody gracious of them to let us mere mortals have a few 'live' races to keep us quiet! Not all of us want bloody Sky TV, but we do want our motorsport ... and we want it uncluttered by interuption! Eccletone has gone too far! MONEY MONEY MONEY!!!
Think of the fans in the UK! If you don't you'll lose us all!
Yours ... Pissed off!

brendan - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 7:53 PM

when our PM stated in the house of commons how amusing he found it that bbc had to make cuts, its now not surprising is it. his pal old rupert has benefited massively from it.

yet again scummy, horrible, money grabbing, rich boys come up smelling of roses.

we are in it together are we? yeah right!

John - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 7:56 PM

We are not amused! Who's on the wacky backy then.....eco 4 cylinder engines, electric F1, artificial rain and now Pay to View!!!!!

I suggest we boycott F1 for a season and see what BE does then.

John, Birmingham.

Bigphilps - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 8:15 PM

The BBC cannot afford the £45m for f1 , but can afford the £900m for relocating to Salford , this stinks , f1 on the BBC provides the best pound per viewer cost ratio of any sport they have .
F1 2012 just died in the uk.
I wonder if we are going to get the cream on live next year, or all the c r a p like Valencia ??

mark b - Unregistered

July 29, 2011 8:17 PM

Bernie ecclestone selling out F1 to Rupert Murdocs scummy sky corporation!! does he not give a toss about the real fans who wont pay for a sky subscription just to watch what has always been free.

The excuse its good for the sport and will bring more viewers how??? if its free you all watch it, if you have to pay a subscription you wont so what will happen a drop in the viewing figures and a unhappy Bernie.

I can see a pay per race in years to come and no races on free to air once sky get the monopoly, i for one will seriously think about following the sport after this season

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