F1 » Humphrey: Important to retain perspective over new UK TV deal

Jake Humphrey: It is important to point out the BBC didn't want to lose F1, however a freezing of the licence fee actually means that keeping the sport is a success in itself.

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Herbert Clinker - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 12:45 PM

Its alright for humphrey the muppet hes still gets to see all the races live next season and the gravy train still rolls on for him and coulthard,brundle and eddie jordan.
His comments just go to show along with all the rest of the F1 circus that the true fans mean f*ck all to them.

sleepy - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 12:56 PM

He omits top point out though, the BBC already had it for next year with the contract they had. They have given away control and as someone else pointed out, what would happen if the BBC decided to show half of strictly come dancing and the rest was on pay per view???
Garbage deal for the man in the street.


July 30, 2011 1:31 PM

Not sure if this shared commentary is a good thing?

Of course it depends on who they use, but if you don't like them then there isn't an alternative choice. I guess at least that Sky poaching BBCs commentators won't be a problem, but Sky might try and force someone else on us, though I can't imagine they'd be that daft.


July 30, 2011 2:48 PM

@ BuckBundy.I half agree with you.Sky won't force someone else on the viewers for the first part of the season.Then just watch a "special" appearance by one of their "guest" presenters.
The guest presenter will probably appear more and more throughout the season.And then,as an in house cost cutting measure,the ex BBC staff will "have to be released".

AA - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 3:03 PM

Well everyone in the BBC F1 team are essentially owned by Sky now (that is if they want to keep their jobs). I wouldn't expect him to comment on it otherwise.

Caroline - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 3:28 PM

Channel 4 offered £45 million, but FOTA recommended the BBC/Sky deal, because this puts a whopping (on average) £1 million into every teams pocket over the course of a season.

So it looks like FOTA sold out the British F1 fans for Sky's 30 pieces of silver.

Clone - Unregistered

July 30, 2011 3:32 PM

This really sucks. The worst part is they haven't told us which half the BBC get. I'm guessing it will be all the far eastern races that happen at 4am UK time and a couple token ones like Bahrain and Valencia.

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