F1 » 'Nauseating' BBC deal facing political probe?

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Al - Unregistered

March 26, 2008 9:42 AM

Football is to blame for its own costs, and as for MPs complaining about any type of costs, lets see a full disclosure of all MPs expenditure claims, then we''ll consider some possible complaints about BBC expenditure.

Nosebleed - Unregistered

March 26, 2008 10:18 AM

Keiran, the BBC technically doesn't need to "spin" money from anything it shows. I doubt profit came into it. They may turn a few pounds on SMS messaging or other phone technologies, but I'm sure they'll spend more than they get on their combined web/red button coverage. Ultimately it comes down to the potential audience, and there's clearly a wider potential audience for F1 than Scottish football.

And when does a sport become in the national interest. Is it in the national interest to show bowels for example? Or gymnastics? If every sport of national interest was automatically "ensured" TV coverage, where would it all go?

Craig Furniss - Unregistered

March 26, 2008 10:59 AM

I find it quite amusing that with coverage of Leagues 1 & 2, The Championship, The Premiership, The Champions League, The UEFA Cup, The FA Cup, The Inter Toto Cup, The European Championship Qualifiers and Finals, World Cup Qualifiers and Finals, International Friendlies, Under 21 Internationals, Womens Football, Schoolboy Internationals, The Italian League, The Spanish League, The African Nations Cup and Copa America, AND the likes of Master League and Beach Football ALL being shown on television somewhere, or rounded up on Match of the Day, or being played down your local pub every single weekend, that Scottish football fans seem to think that there isn't enough "footy" on tv already.

Morgan Rees

March 26, 2008 11:46 AM

Of course Scottish football is a global phenomenon followed by several billion people worldwide. It amazes me that the BBC would forgo such an opportunity in favour of a backwater sport like F1. I shall be writing to my MP to demand, next, that Welsh lower division club rugby be televised at all peak viewing times, as long at it doesn't interfere with Pobol Y Cym.

Trebor901 - Unregistered

March 26, 2008 11:59 AM

im sorry but BBC is BRITISH Broadcasting Corporation not Scottish Broadcasting Corporation so why should they have to show Scottish Football instead of something that will get a much much wider audience

Craig Furniss - Unregistered

March 26, 2008 12:12 PM


If you'd like me to put the slightly less tabloid version of my point, here it goes...

The BBC is driven by market forces as much as any other company, that means they will go with whatever piece of programming gets the most viewers, and with all those existing ways to watch football there is no captured market to exploit - with F1 they are guaranteed ALL of the viewers, not a tiny fragment of them, as is the case with Scottish football.


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