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BBC boss Mark Thompson to face questions over new TV deal with Sky

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Taz - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 10:17 AM

Yet another pointless grilling that will achieve nothing. F1 is lost to Sky, a show committee will change nothing.

If the government was in the slightest concerned about protecting the fee payer they' have stepped in them it was announced.

It's all just for show.

quentin - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 10:35 AM

what a joke nothing will come of it makes me laugh when the bbc say they need to save money all the licence payers they have and we still have to watch numerous repeats after repeats of 10,20,30,40,50 year old programs i thought that would have saved them enough wouldn't you. forgot though they need holiday money dont they!!!!!

RD350LC - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 10:49 AM

I wholeheartedly agree with both the posts above
But I would also still like to see how they can justify the decision as being in the best interests of the viewers/ licence fee payers
But given that the present director general is undoubtedly the worst one the bbc has ever had the misfortune to be lumbered with
And the head of the BBC trust is Chris Patten (former MP & last governor of Hong Kong And now member of that most undemocratic institution the house of lords)
I expect the usual smoke & mirrors double speak they are both renown for
But I can live in hope

Caroline - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 11:22 AM

The BBC's defence of their Sky deal will hinge on this statement ...

"Formula One Administration ("FOA")- can award the rights to broadcast coverage of the races to either free-to-air or pay-TV broadcasters in the UK, as it believes appropriate."

But this isn't true, the concorde agreement states ...

"The Commercial Rights Holder may not permit Formula 1 events to be shown only by pay television in a country with a significant audience if it would materially adversely affect audience reach in that country."

So some F1 'had' to stay free to air to fulfil the contract.

However the BBC admit ...

"The BBC considers the sport a good fit with its overall sports strategy, the BBC was therefore keen to endeavour to retain its involvement in the coverage of Formula One ... The BBC believed that ITV and Channel 4 were credible bidders (however) the BBC concluded that a sharing arrangement with BSkyB was the best way of maintaining Formula One coverage on the BBC."

Indicating that the BBC

Caroline - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 11:23 AM

Continued ...

Indicating that the BBC approached Sky so as to freeze Channel 4 out of the picture, and leave viewers with less F1 than they could have reasonably expected.

mkindy - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 11:29 AM

This will only have any use if they ask the right questions and recieve straight answers:

Did the BBC approach other free to air broadcasters with a view to sharing coverage of F1 (and therefore reducing costs through sharing costs) before it approached/was approached by Sky?

Did the BBC, once initial agreement to share coverage with SKY was agreed, give the free air uk broadcasters an opportunity to counter offer on a shared coverage programme?

Did the BBC make any attempt to offer in whole or in part the remaining 2 years(not exactly sure of length) F1 contract to all uk broadcasters through an open bidding process?

My issue is not actually it's gone form free to air but that the BBC took a closed door approach with the remaining contract when it approached SKY. This cannot be in the interests of the license fee payer if there were potentially better (either access of financially) options available that they should have explored.


Ed Intheclouds - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 11:40 AM

Perhaps if the Beeb stopped waisting money on Top Gear ( or should I call it the new 'last of the summer wine' ), then perhaps we could have full F1 coverage !
How about Sky buys the rights to Top Gear ? !

RD350LC - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 12:02 PM

@ ED intheclouds
Regardless of your opinion of top gear It makes a huge amount of money for the BBC through the licensing deals for showing the UK version elsewhere
As well as other countries paying for the rights to make their own version
& then there is all the income from the licensed merchandise as well
So basically if they dropped top gear they would lose money rather than save it

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