F1 » Ecclestone: BBC/Sky Sports deal not just about money

Bernie Ecclestone: The situation was simple. It was not just about money, it was about doing what is best for F1. The BBC did a great job but together with Sky we will get even better coverage. Look at what Sky do with other sports, they have very good ideas. It will grow the audience, I am sure of it.

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Billy1212 - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 12:46 PM

This is bigger than viewing figure, If people lose intrest and stop following then they wont be going to Silverstone or any othe F1 race for what is already an overpriced event. The circuits will all lose more money so the prices of smaller meetings will go up to help balance the books so less people will attend them. This could be the begining off the end for many motorsport events and circuits.

Bodie78 - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 1:51 PM

Just had a though maybe Virgin should run with Virgin Media branding next season. I know that you can get Sky Sports on Virgin but I bet that would please Sky broadcasting a race with cars in advertising a rival service. (Only problem is Virgin would need to have a masive leap forward in performance to get coverage).

I still say the BBC should have dropped MototGP. Have they managed to get 7 million viewers for one race this season?

ja - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 2:27 PM

i wonder if sky has a get out clause somewhere in the deal for if the figures dont start to add up then its been a pointless exercise ha ha lets hope so, the only way to beat it is to boycott it, stop watching it surely you people can find something else to do with your time of a weekend they've stuck you so you stick them, 455million spend it wisely you little conman.

nick - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 6:17 PM

it was all about the money..you are just a greedy old bast***,whos only motivation is your bank balance..i hope viewing figurs fall to an all time low,perreli pull out and all the sponsors threaten the same and the teams form a breakaway series and leave you and f1 with nothing except a worthless brand,and you end up on the brink of bankrupsy...thats just my opinion .

F1init - Unregistered

August 01, 2011 11:04 PM

Never followed F1 this weekend, had no idea who had won until a news clip. Quite a number of people I know and associates also abandoned F1 after the Sky announcement. Murdoch and Sky are not getting a penny from me. And we're abandoning anything from F1 Sponsors.
The best thing would be for everyone to abandon buying anything from a company that sponsors an F1 team or any company advertising on Sky.

ferret .

August 02, 2011 11:02 AM

Hey Bodie78 .
I am sorry but MotoGP must stay on a a free view basis.
But saying that, you like everyone else here in the uk (including me) are getting ripped off on our licence fees.
The BBC has loads of extra channels now since free view and everything had gone digital, and we should have our fair share of Motor Sports to watch live on a free to view.
It would not hurt the BBC to have more channels dedicated to motor sports live, that does include Formula One.
End of the day, the BBC can afford to have loads of motor sports, providing they didn't waste their money on other rubbish on tv and paying celebs and their executives stupid money!
Sort it BBC and manage your budget properly, we pay the licence fee, so give us what we want to watch and hear!
Bodie78 this is not a pop at you either.
Remember the good old days when there was loads of decent motor sports on the BBC!

ferret .

August 02, 2011 11:15 AM

Hey F1init .
I totally agree with you there.
I have got Sky, but not the full package.
Only upgrade i have done is British EuroSports and that is great and it suits me fine.
But NO WAY am i upgrading to get Formula One on Sky.
Next year i will watch whatever races are live on BBC and that be it!
I hope alot of people will boycot going to SkySports, but i know alot of die hard Formula One Fans and i expect they may Go to SkySports to keep tuned in as they live for Formula One, just like i do for MotoGP, BSB, and WSBK.
I most fans in the uk follow it on BBC only and in the hope Sky fails and it all comes back to full season on a free to view basis! :-D

Martin James - Unregistered

August 03, 2011 1:50 PM

What Bernie seems to have forgotten is we have no choice but to pay for a TV licence, now we will have to pay for a SKY upgrade as well to watch our sport.
Perhaps Bernie does'nt bother with this little detail.
I think it is time to drop the cars and go with the much more exiting bikes.

mix - Unregistered

August 03, 2011 1:55 PM

Boycott F1 on Sky? Good idea.
And who are these eejits disagreeing on posts with the fact its not about the money???? Have they their eyes and ears open??? Bernie not interested in money???
Hell must have frozen over!!

howard.hardup - Unregistered

August 03, 2011 5:55 PM

The BBC is a pay to view chanel that we all have to pay .To see all the repeats of dads army,etc,etc.
The BBC pays over 25,000 people + contractors and about 20 million on taxi and first class travels within the UK.
Get rid of this bloated obsolete monster or make it compete on a level footing with ITV etc, then we would see it trim its 3.5 billion cost, enough perhaps to find 20 million for F1 !

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