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Sky take on F1 full time – BBC left stunned

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Earlier this year; the first rumblings of a possible switch of Formula One coverage from “free to air” to “pay per view” were just about recorded. BskyB’s Rupert Murdoch sounded out interest in buying the sport’s right to broadcasting; however this was countered by FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone who stated in May that should Murdoch’s News Corporation make a bid to buy such rights, their attempt would be blocked.

It is thus highly hypocritical that now, though only in part deal; Sky Sports have the rights to broadcast the whole Formula One season which will include practice and qualifying. This only goes to show that both BskyB and FOM have ignored the calls of current Formula One teams based in the UK and more importantly the fans.

According to the Sky Sports website, the new split TV deal will succeed in reaching the widest viewing public in the UK. This is a mere marketing ploy by BskyB as nothing would give the UK public more exclusive access to the sport than the relatively free to view and universally available BBC coverage. It is true that nowadays that the majority of British and Irish residents have access to BskyB and reaching the Irish audience would be a major asset to FOM; it refuses to accept that there are millions who cannot view Sky and as a result; the die hard F1 race fans will not get a chance to watch their favourite sport.

If not for the fans, then perhaps BBC staff may be at risk, with the latest cut backs setting in and staff members such as lead commentator Martin Brundle currently out of contract, we may be on the verge of actively destroying the perfectly acceptable coverage we have in the UK. I would feel desperately sorry for the fans if for whatever reason they were without the glorious talent of Brundle in the years to come. And who knows what F1 on Sky will be like? Other sports have proved successful in their own domain, of course it is a dedicated sports channel; they ought to know what they are talking about, however this doesn’t answer the question as to why it is moving across the pond. Amidst BBC cutbacks, the F1 coverage could be trimmed or restyled, and although the move to Sky would bring in more revenue, it goes against everything Formula One is supposed to be. It is created by the fans, raced by the fans and watched by the fans. If the BBC need to trim their coverage so be it, but universal and free to air access to the sport they love is the most important aspect, and it is a shame that a company like News Corporation have got their first hand on the sport.
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BBC to show all races in full, but delayed

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BBC to show all races in full, but delayed
Friday 29th July 2011, 21:04

Martin Whitmarsh, Chairman of the Formula One Teams' Association and team principal of one of the most heavily impacted teams under the new BBC/Sky deal, says Bernie Ecclestone has assured him the BBC will show all 20 races, but ten will be delayed broadcasts.

Under the deal announced on Friday morning, it was apparent that the BBC would show race highlights from the ten grands prix it hadn't secured live rights to, but Whitmarsh says he has been assured by Ecclestone that the BBC will in fact show all the races in full, but ten would be delayed broadcasts.

The delay in question hasn't been announced, but it is likely to be several hours with some sources suggesting a primetime slot, which would suggest around 7-9pm (GMT) for the races which start at 1pm.

"Bernie assured me, and I asked him several times, the deferred coverage will not be highlights, it will be a full race," Whitmarsh said on Friday in the Hungarian paddock.

"That, to some fans, will be very important, depending on exactly what races they are, so hopefully that means it's a good deal for everyone."

Ecclestone later revealed that the decision to show highlights or the full race would be down the BBC, but he would rather an hour-long highlight show.

It isn't clear whether or not they will show the remaining ten qualifying sessions in full or as highlights.
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How many Million Dollars is Bernie getting out of this deal??

I personally like to be able to switch between CTV (for BBC) and Speed during a live broadcast...It is amazing what Bob, David and Peter can "create" in the studio, while being thousands
of Miles away from the track.
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I watched the F1 races in many countries and I have to say that Speed has one of the best presentations with the exception of all the stupid commercials.
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The Speed TV team of Bob Varsha, David Hobbs, and Steve Matchett (Varsha doesn't seem to be at quite the same level) is about the best there is IMO.
BTW, rumor has it that Peter Windsor might return to Speed next year?

His 'flying lap' show is pretty good Smibs.tv | The Flying Lap
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Sky take on F1 full time – BBC left stunned
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Amidst BBC cutbacks, the F1 coverage could be trimmed or restyled, and although the move to Sky would bring in more revenue,
You answered your own question.

Just ask Bernie.

Sorry to hear it. We (Speed channel) folks get delayed coverage when Fox has the weekend. Also, some races are shown twice in the same day, live and as yesterday, delayed too.

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I spent April in Germany. RTL, Sport 1, and Sky Sport are available in German.
The F1 programming was O.K., but for someone used to speed team coverage, all the commentators sucked.
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That's really surprising, I would think Germany would have more professional coverage than it sounds.

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Yeah. In Germany you have 3 sources to watch F 1.
Just imagine commentators allong the lines of Derek Daly and Danny Sullivan, and deduct 30 %.
Cringe..
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Yeah. In Germany you have 3 sources to watch F 1.
Just imagine commentators allong the lines of Derek Daly and Danny Sullivan, and deduct 30 %.
Cringe..

Wow, I too am amazed to hear that the Speed Team is considered better than what Europe has to offer.

I'm not sure what I would prefer if left with Varsha, Daly, or Sullivan at the start of the race:

Varsha "here come the lights; turn up the sound, and get ready for the start of the (insert country) Gran Prix"

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