Friday, 29 July 2011

Sky & BBC New F1 TV Rights Deal

After all the speeches by team principals and Bernie Ecclestone about F1 needs to be on free to air television it now appears it is only going to be shown live for all the races on pay channel Sky in the UK.

A new deal has been announced today for Sky to show all the races, qualifying and practice live. The BBC will be showing half the races live including qualifying and practice. For the races that are not shown live on the BBC, highlights will be shown(nothing said when or how much highlights). Included in the races the BBC shows live will be the British GP, Monaco and the season finale.

Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater: "We are absolutely delighted that F1 will remain on the BBC.

"The sport has never been more popular with TV audiences at a 10-year high and the BBC has always stated its commitment to the big national sporting moments.

"With this new deal not only have we delivered significant savings but we have also ensured that through our live and extended highlights coverage all the action continues to be available to licence-fee payers."

Managing director of Sky Sports, Barney Francis: "This is fantastic news for F1 fans and Sky Sports will be the only place to follow every race live and in HD.

"We will give F1 the full Sky Sports treatment with a commitment to each race never seen before on UK television."

So both sides are trying to put their own rubbish spin on things already. The BBC trying to sound like they are over joyed as if they have same coverage rights as before and Sky trying to say it will be great for fans to have to buy a satellite dish and pay to watch with advertisements littered through coverage.

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