Friday, 29 July 2011

Angry Reaction To The BBC/Sky F1 Deal

Fans have reacted angrily and rightly so to having to fork out about £40 a month to watch all races live from next year. Displeasure has been expressed throughout F1 forums and various social media.

Anchorman for the BBC coverage Jake Humphrey "It is with a little sadness that we won't be covering every race live from 2012 onwards." Lead commentator Martin Brundle was more forthright saying on Twitter "Found out last night, no idea how it will work yet I'm out of contract, will calmly work through options. Not impressed"

Team principals have also been taken by surprise with champion of the "free-to-air-TV" Martin Whitmarsh speaking to Autosport "As I understand BBC are covering half the grands prix, and Sky are doing every practice session and everything else. 

"It's interesting, I don't think anyone should be immediately reacting to say this is good, bad, or indifferent. What we need to understand is whether the large audience we currently enjoy in Formula 1 will be maintained. I think we also need to understand exactly how this is being done."

Whitmarsh also added moves to take F1 off free-to-air could be viewed as a breach of the Concorde Agreement. Whitmarsh: "We've got a range of safeguards within Concorde, and the right thing to do is to explore how the Formula 1 coverage is going to be dealt with in the future, and take a view from there."

Team Lotus boss Tony Fernandes writes on Twitter: "Martin Whitmarsh has said it may breach the Concorde agreement... I'm as confused as all on sky deal. Just saw on my twitter the unhappiness."

The teams principals are meeting with Bernie Ecclestone after second free practice today to discuss the new deal.

Follow-up The Spin Starts On The F1 Sky Move

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