F1 » Ecclestone warns free-to-air F1 could end


Bernie Ecclestone warns free-to-air F1 coverage wouldn't be missed in the UK

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mike - Unregistered

June 08, 2012 12:22 PM

I'd just like to put on (someone's) record, that I find the Sky coverage pretty dull and somewhat forced, and the BBC coverage entertaining and natural. Engineering Man by day & night, but I prefer no suited pyseuado-tech at the weekend thanks. Also, the Mrs enjoys BBC which technically makes it 'Us Time' thereby producing more 'Me Time' to be spent in the garage. Bonus.
Also, I read that sky viewing figures for F1 were MUCH lower than the BBC?? Go on Bernie, Kill F1 for good why don't you.

CommodoreS

June 08, 2012 12:23 PM

Bet you guys in the U.K. are going to love this article.

In Australia we have been screwed also with Qualifying on H.D and the race on S.D. which does not make commonsense. Still Free to Air but the coverage has been shortened.

Taz

June 08, 2012 12:28 PM
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The Sky coverage is way behind the BBC, especially in terms of commentary.

4.6 million watched the Monaco GP on the BBC, .5 for Sky, if your a sponsor you have to question these figures in terms of exposure for your money.

Anyway, bernie has never let the truth get in the way of a good lie, horrible little man.

al t - Unregistered

June 08, 2012 12:29 PM

The Concorde agreement didn't count for much. Surely the sport can take both platforms in the UK. If it goes to sky with no beeb coverage, there will be alot of viewers not prepared to stump up the fees. I think Bernie has something against the UK. For years he was slagging off our race, and yet it is one of the best attended in the sport. Mr Ecclestone, your tenure should come to an end, you have done alot for the sport, but it appears the fnas are the last ones on your mind.In a multimedia world the sport should be available on as many platforms as possible, satellite, freeview, internet, radio.

Alan - Unregistered

June 08, 2012 1:03 PM

I think its a load of crap that all f1 is going to be pay per view. Its been free to air for years. Not everybody can afford sky in this money meltdown. Its just ecclestone being greedy. Not happy at all :-(

Thorborg - Unregistered

June 08, 2012 1:10 PM

It is not the place of tax payer funded public sector broadcasters to enter into bidding wars to hand over large sums of money to commercial rights holders of sporting events.

The money should be spent on programming that cannot be funded commercially. F1 can be broadcast commericially either on free to air channels or subscription services.

Let ITV, C4 and Sky bid over it. The BBC has no place there.

Matafuko - Unregistered

June 08, 2012 1:14 PM

Good! I really don't care if we lose F1 to Sky. It's all greed, greed, greed nowadays and watching F1 implode and taking Bernie with it would be laughable! As long as the dirty, greedy, cheating Murdoch empire keep their messy little hands off of MotoGP, I couldn't care less!!!

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