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BBC boss to face MPs over F1 television deal
27 October 2011
The director general of the BBC
, Mark Thompson, will face questions from MPs about the new F1 television deal which will see coverage shared with Sky
from next season.
The announcement of the new deal earlier this season caused uproar with fans, with free-to-air coverage of the entire campaign coming to an end. Instead, the BBC
will broadcast only ten races live, while Sky
will show all 20 races in their entirety.
Now, a letter from select committee chairman and Conservative MP John Whittingdale to Liberal Democrat culture spokesman Don Foster has revealed that concerns from a large number of people will see the matter discussed when Thompson and BBC
Trust chairman Lord Patten appear before MPs in December to discuss BBC
"The committee has received a large number of emails and letters on the subject,” the letter – seen by the Guardian
newspaper – read. "The new licensing agreement for Formula One coverage is a commercial decision for the BBC
and Formula One Management. However, the committee will be holding its annual evidence session with the chairman of the BBC
Trust and the director general of the BBC
"It is highly likely that members will wish to explore at that meeting some of the concerns that have been expressed over Formula One.”
F1 returned to the BBC
back in 2009 but the corporation was forced to look at alternative options for its coverage as part of a need to reduce costs.