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ITV poised to swoop if BBC pulls out of F1 broadcast deal

ITV is expected to take over the Formula 1 free-to-air coverage from the BBC in 2016 as it ends its broadcast contract three years early.
ITV is expected to take over the Formula 1 free-to-air coverage in the United Kingdom from the BBC next year as it ends its broadcast contract three years early due to cost-cutting measures.

The corporation is poised to announce it will end its current broadcasting deal with F1 in which it pays an estimated £12 million a year in a partnership with Sky Sports which runs until the end of the 2018 season.

The decision has been sparked by the BBC's large-scale cutbacks which has seen it already lose exclusive rights to show the rugby union's 6 Nations and golf's The Open Championship.

BBC returned to broadcasting F1 in 2009 after a 12-year gap when ITV held exclusive rights to the series and was the sole UK broadcaster for three years until Sky Sports stepped in.

According to The Telegraph, ITV is preparing to move in after Bernie Ecclestone made it clear he wants F1 to remain on terrestrial television rather than exclusively being handed to Sky.

It is also understood any deal including ITV would not impact Sky's existing contract with F1.

Tagged as: Formula 1 , BBC , ITV , Sky

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December 18, 2015 3:43 PM

Whilst it's amusing the concern at the forefront of people's mind is the title music, F1 returning to itv is a disaster for the sport in the UK, the fans complained of losing interest in a race due to adverts at high points of the race, Imola 06 prime example, and should a race be delayed for any reason itv will find it much harder than the BBC to reschedule the next programme due to advertising commitments.


December 18, 2015 1:03 PM

Vincero: Guess blowing all that money (likely to be well over £100m) on the Olympics up to 2020, they had to borrow budget from somewhere. BBC is a bit of a joke anyway in terms of popular items - slowly turning into a public interest broadcaster in every way. ITV.... maybe they'll bring back the Jamiroquai tune they had comissioned when they started back in '97 - about the only good thing. At least there may be some comical adverts to break up the Mercedes 1-2.
The classic Fleetwood Mac guitar solo is far better... It is for many the F1 theme...

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