F1 »

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

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
BBC TV
Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Motorsport in 30 Seconds, 11th January 2017
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Nico Hulkenberg - Renault Sport F1
Renault Formula One Team, launch date, [Credit: Renault F1]
Force India reveals the launch date for its 2017 F1 challenge
Nigel Mansell - McLaren-Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
M-Sport reveals its Ford Fiesta RS WRC challenger
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
Who will replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes?
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard
Lando Norris, McLaren Autosport BRDC Awards [Credit: Martyn Pass PR]

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


L494

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.

MaddMe

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...



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.