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Stevie T

September 05, 2011 4:03 PM

F1 » Ecclestone says BBC/Sky explanation 'not realistic'

I've said this before and whilst the article "claims" sponsors will not be happy and leave, this is (sorry to say) rubbish. The UK is an established market and the difference in numbers of UK viewers who will not watch F1 completely (because of this) is microscopic compared to the global audience. If it stays FTA in China, India, South America etc. sponsors will not care about UK. You might Disagree with my comment but this is the crux of it. Whitmarsh is merely speaking through loyalty to the Brit fans. His sponsors aren't bothered if it goes to Sky. Sponsors will say "UK viewers will still watch the highlights so we’re still visible, so we're happy".

Stevie T

June 20, 2011 2:23 PM

F1 » BBC to drop F1 in 2013?

I said on an earlier post F1 will go either subscription or PPV, and it will. 1) BigBadBernie will not drop the cost, for fear that all others countries come with the same request. 2) Lord Patten has said the World Service is important and it costs £241 million (UK Foreign Office has cut the grant). They will be under pressure to cover the cost directly, although if the FO has cut funding, surely that means not important...politics here. 3) Look, forget the argument that "going SUB/PPV means that the loss of viewers will upset advertisers". F1 is too global now. What percentage of the viewing audience will be lost if "some" UK viewers are lost through switching to SUB/PPV?...It's nothing in the global audience figures. In the huge emerging markets, such as, India, Brazil, China, Russia, likely it will remain free to air (i.e. sponsors will say so, they won't be bothered about the UK. I dont work for BSKYB or anyone who is likely to benefit from a switch. All the final statements (B

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