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The F1 Outrage

The new TV deal treats F1 fans with contempt. The bitter pill to swallow will be when Sky start shouting from the rooftops about how they are the only place to see all live F1 coverage.
Sky Sports is mostly a football channel(“all football, all the time”) and they have already damaged cricket and boxing viewing numbers whilst putting lots of cash into the governing bodies coffers under the pretence of funding grass roots sports while millions miss out on the live experience.
The one single thing F1 fans feared over the last 20 years was losing coverage to Sky and I never thought it would happen. I’m angry and frustrated like many others and attempts to justify it with cost saving by Ben Gallop and Barbara Slater are insulting and pathetic. You simply just don’t abandon five million viewers when your high quality production won that audience.
You spent two and a half years improving your coverage year on year and building the best production team and cast in the paddock then show how little you value them by selling the live rights to a subscription channel. Highlights are not a substitute. There will be ten weekends when at 1pm an F1 race will begin and dedicated and loyal fans will not be watching. They will have to wait until the evening when they will possibly know the result and then watch highlights losing the tension and drama that lap by lap viewing provides. Sunday afternoons will never be the same.
I cannot afford Sky Sports and even if I could, I cannot justify the £400 a year additional cost at a time when fuel, insurance, and other household bills have risen and my salary has dropped. BBC television is not free to air. We all pay the licence fee and its raises billions.
We would have been better off with ad-breaks on ITV or Channel Five, than next season’s farce. The BBC is not sharing coverage its getting the crumbs of the table while Sky gets everything as usual.
Another thing, a £40 million saving over two years ? – pointless, in context to other issues, would be BBC consider sharing Wimbledon, The Grand National or the Olympic Games with BSkyB ….just to save more money? Or a review on the £800 million plus relocation to Salford ? There will now be a decline in viewing F1 which could set the sport back years and alienate it from its core viewership. A slow, painful death for working class British F1 fans

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One response to “The F1 Outrage

  1. oak ⋅

    Great blog well written and some valid points as an F1 fan I totaly agree that this is an injustice to all fans of the sport. I would direct my anger to the FIA rather than the BBC as they have quite obviously gone for the highest bidder. You rightly say this could put F1 back by years will more people buy Sky just for F1 ? I think not.
    You should write more blogs both articles are well written and well thought with feelling.

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