F1 » BBC to be quizzed by MPs over new F1 UK TV deal


“My main concern is that your account of who made the key decisions behind the agreement does not agree with the version of events given by Formula 1 Management... The least fans deserve is a clear account of what happened.”

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Caroline - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 10:48 AM

This came about due to F1 Fan power, and the constant questioning of the BBC/Sky deal, and what the real reasons were behind it.

Mark Thompson will no doubt deny everything, just like Murdoch did.

It's such a shame FOTA are sitting on their hands, except for Whitmarsh and Parr of course, they're rubbing their hands together thinking about all that lovely Sky money.

elijah

September 02, 2011 11:07 AM

Caroline I agree with what you're saying but at the end of the day nothing will change.

It looks like we now have to wait three hours, crying out loud, with a total news blackout in order to watch the race and enjoy it. Blinking heck

Davio - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 11:10 AM

Whats the point of only having half the races, its like selling the rights to the second half of the FA cup final.
Surely to make F1 a viable attraction for sponsors and the millions they put in F1 should be aimed at the widest audience possible, free to view tv!

David Winstanley - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 11:15 AM

The thing that really pisses me off about the Sky deal is that older F1 fans, those who have supported it for years, and look forward to their fortnightly GP, but without the money to afford Sky, will simply not be able to watch all the races live again. Too many sports have been taken off live terrestrial TV purely to make other people money and without a thought for the viewers.

But at least Parliament will look at this properly now and I think one or two people are going to be quite embarrassed by this.

It's a pity that they don't call Bernie Ecclestone as well because then we would have had two of the people that I hate most in this world, called to account in the course of one year, (Murdoch being the other one of course).

GIXXER - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 11:22 AM

Hope they get strung up for this!!!

However, if you have internet access just go online and watch it all live. You can normaly find any sporting event you like on a live free stream over the WEB.



mkindy - Unregistered

September 02, 2011 11:24 AM

Does anybody know if the free to air channels have expressed any interest in taking on F1 prior too/during or since the BBC/SKY announcement?

Surely if they had no interest in taking it on or reject the oppotunity to take it on then it's all a mute point.

Qhat really got my back up was the way the announcement was spun by the head of sport as the ONLY option to keep F1 on the free to air channels.


mkindy

blzbub

September 02, 2011 11:26 AM
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Three hours after the race on the red button, to avoid the beebs real bread winners, antiques roadshow, leaving the stunning eastenders movie version unharmed, perfect for the casuals, leaving f1 circus free to roam in bahrain, perhaps bernie will go to libya next if the price is right, better coverage than in the seventies though!

elijah

September 02, 2011 11:28 AM

Can you imagine it.For three hours after the start of the race, don't put the TV on, don't listen to your radio, don't read your messages, switching your mobile off don't surf Crash.net or Google F1, lock yourself in the shed and count down the hours till you can squeeze that red button. Blinking heck!

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