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Ecclestone insists: BBC can't leave contract early

Bernie Ecclestone: The bottom line is that they are cutting back on all types of sport and if we really, really, really had to, we'd say 'you have got a contract and you better get on with it.' They can't leave the contract early.
Bernie Ecclestone says the BBC cannot end its contract to broadcast F1 early.

On Friday, it was reported that ITV is expected to take over the Formula 1 free-to-air coverage in the United Kingdom next year due to cost-cutting measures being implemented by the corporation.

However, Ecclestone is adamant there is no get-out clause.

“The bottom line is that they are cutting back on all types of sport and if we really, really, really had to, we'd say 'you have got a contract and you better get on with it.' They can't leave the contract early,” Ecclestone told the Press Association.

“The Beeb have always done a very, very good job. I have no problem at all with them.”

The 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.

Under the current deal – thought to cost the corporation around £20 million per year – it shows roughly half of the races live, and highlights of the others.

Asked if it was possible ITV could take over from 2016, Ecclestone added: “To do that we would have to agree to have that done so I don't know.

“We like the BBC for obvious reasons.

"At the moment I don't know what we are going to do.”



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George Zaidan

December 20, 2015 1:02 PM
Last Edited 231 days ago

Bernie Ecclestone’s greed and uncompromising stance on everything money is what is leading to the demise of the Formula 1. Yes Bernie you are responsible for the 'crap' you said the F1 has become.



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