BBC loses out as Channel 4 gains F1 rights

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BBC shocked motorsports fans today by announcing that it would be terminating their agreement to show Formula 1 three years early. The Corporation needs to make £35m of savings from their sports budget, which has led to F1 coverage being culled immediately by Director of Sport, Barbara Slater.

But the BBC’s loss has been Channel 4’s gain.  The station swooped to pick up the rights and become the new home of F1 on free-to-air television.  The deal is set to last three years and Channel 4 will broadcast 10 races live, including practice and qualifying sessions.

Crucially, the broadcaster has promised that the live races will be advert free and shown in HD.  Channel 4 will also offer highlights of the remaining qualifying sessions and races.

The Chief Executive of Channel 4, David Abraham, said: “Formula One is one of the world’s biggest sporting events with huge appeal to British audiences. I’m delighted to have agreed this exciting new partnership with Bernie Ecclestone [Formula 1 rights holder] to keep the sport on free-to-air television.”

It is understood that Channel 4 will announce a  race schedule early in the new year, along with details of the presenting teams.

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Chris, known as Cess on the forums, is a long time RMS member. He is a fervent motorsports enthusiast and lover of all things automotive. He can be found on the ditches of most Irish rallies, at Mondello watching drifting or in front of the TV watching motorbike racing.

RMS Forum Comments

brendy 15:28 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
Sounds good to me. Another nail in the bbcs coffin.
Boabybooster 15:40 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
Cost cutting because top gear isn't bringing in the money anymore? Good, no more of coulthards and Jordan's shite punditry and wardrobe. The sooner the licence fee is dropped the better, don't know why they don't just start advertising to make money, not many people would be bothered because of live tv recording. Bbc3 going to just online only soon as well to save money. They need to cut the wages of BBC "personalities" across Tv and radio as they get paid a fortune, most of them are annoying as hell as well.
Chris Mac 16:04 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
Surely Sky have already wrapped up the F1 game with the dedicated channel.
Gaz VW 17:07 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
Not everyone has Sky though, it's still profitable for one of the terrestrial providers to have it
mckeown 18:48 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
As said screw the BBC, hope they go to the wall, only decent thing they have is Attenborough documentary's
rupertfinch 20:06 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
Is the BBC that bad? If I examine my viewing (I'm a freeview tightwad) then it's either BBC channels or quest. I struggle to understand the licence fee argument from folks who spend 50+ quid a month on Murdoch's empire. Maybe I'm just institutionalised, but when I want weather, sport or news, again they are my default choice. Still F1 is pish so no loss there.
CharlySkunkWeed 20:15 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
| Is the BBC that bad? If I examine my viewing (I'm a freeview tightwad) then it's either BBC channels or quest. I struggle to understand the licence fee argument from folks who spend 50+ quid a month on Murdoch's empire. Maybe I'm just institutionalised, but when I want weather, sport or news, again they are my default choice. Still F1 is pish so no loss there.
People choose to pay the likes of Sky , but we are forced to pay for BBC wether we want it or not.
rupertfinch 20:20 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
Agreed, though how many of NI's good folk do actually pay remains a mystery, but fair point. So is a tenner a month value for money? It is for me. Would I have Sky? Once upon a time yes, but now, no. Let's also not forget the BBCs radio output. I dunno we pay a shitload more for many much more useless things. So thank you CharlySkunkWeed for funding my limited viewing habits.
CharlySkunkWeed 20:26 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
No probs .
Pumesta 20:33 | Mon 21 Dec, 2015 | Report
I have no love for the state run and state serving BBC and would love to see it go to the wall, the only program I ever watched on it was Top Gear. Sure the 'free licence' for OAP's was actually paid to the BBC by the government up on till very, very recently. I this day and age of digital broadcasts it would be so easy to scramble the broadcasts and have it subscription based like sky So no costs incurred by enforcement, no courts being clogged up by non payment cases, no single mothers being sent to prison for a month for non payment.. But that means a fair present of the population would decide not to subscribe, so I doubt we will ever see that happening


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