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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Lee - Unregistered

June 09, 2012 1:59 AM

What a tool ! Bernie trying to squeeze every penny out of F1 he can get unfortunately this will ruin it for everyone. Thanks Bernie you demented turd.

Caroline - Unregistered

June 09, 2012 10:36 AM

" (10 milllion)Bernie, that's 10m in the whole year you idiot!!!"

Sky look like achieving only 14 million 'cumulative' annual viewers, judging by the figures so far.
But less than 3 million 'unique' annual viewers.

BBC look set for 25 million 'unique' annual viewers.
Down on last year.

All in all F1 looks set to lose about 20 million 'cumulative' viewers in the UK this year.


June 09, 2012 11:35 AM

Caroline do you know the viewing figures for F1 globally.

In Australia until this year we received the BBC feed and now receive the Sky Feed and do not know why.It is also Free to Air.

Thanking you

Poison - Unregistered

June 09, 2012 1:28 PM

There Is None So Blind as He Who Does Not WANT To See...............

Perhaps Bernie is unable to remember when the traditional sport of CRICKET was also free-to-air, and had a quite considerable following. Now cricket is reduced to a minority sport, of which (almost) nobody even remembers The Laws, thanks to the greediness of the cricket authorities. If the same happens to F1, you will be surprised how quickly the decline will take place..........

Caroline - Unregistered

June 09, 2012 2:38 PM


To be precise you receive the global feed (FOM feed) with Sky commentary, and although the BBC can't show all the races live in the UK, the 'BBC' coverage (FOM feed with BBC comms') is live for all races in many more countries than just the UK.

As for Australian TV figures, the Oz GP achieved nearly 5 million viewers in Australia, (which is about the same as in Germany for the same race). Although the TV companies are in direct control of the figures they get from OzTAM, and some tend to spin them wildly .

ult - I amike chapman - Unregistered

June 09, 2012 6:14 PM

how wrong is Ecclestone - we do not watch just to see the result. Even when i know the result I am an avid race watcher to see the exciting racing, strategies and efforts of all the drivers. Also I often do not watch live during the day even when it is avaialble because of other commitments.
I do not, and will not buy a sky package just to see the grand prix and am sure I am one of many who value the BBC coverage, even if delayed. F1 will lose a lot of viwers in the UK if he proceeds with this threat

Do we need a petition?

Verne - Unregistered

June 13, 2012 11:00 AM

It was only a matter of time, Beryl Ecclescake is making F1 a very tempting commodity when he comes to sell it and it won't be long now, he is very old.
The problem as I see it is that it is a fine balance between selling your product hard to inrease your cash flow and keeping your customer base.
I for one will not be watching F1 if I have to pay more than A. my mandatory BBC licence fee and B my voluntary subscription to Sky.
Beryl will kill his golden goose, but if he sells before, what does he care?
I don't think Beryl cares about any one or anything unless there is dosh involved.
He comes across as that type of guy.

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