The present flavour of BBC TV & Radio channels is a pretty good fit to cover pretty much everyone. People moan about the Beeb paying artists/entertainers too much then complain when people move to other channels because there is better money there.
People moan that things like comedy is stifled because it has to go through lots of hoops before it will get agreed to produce a series rather than the old system of a friendly controller giving something the nod ... Yet if stuff is made without being checked on by assorted people then people moan about money being wasted by risking massive flops.
The Beeb is on a hiding to nothing with some people ... so given a choice of making cuts to channels and major shows they have to cut their cloth accordingly.
The Beeb have made massive changes to try and save money, at the risk of losing out in other areas. The move to Manchester was painful ... and consolidating production centres was painful too.
Losing half of live F1 is a loss ... but is still better than losing a whole channel or radio station.
maniac (29th July 2011)
Well there's a petition up and running as I expected against this.
Petition for totally FREE-TO-AIR Formula 1 from 2010 - Petition Online - UK
The 2010 title is wrong but I'm sure the bloke who started will be able to correct that (despite it being hard coded into the link to the page).
If anyone is interested I'm sure it cant do any harm if it gets a fair few signatures.......
That's the 40th petition I've seen so far....
Also, noone has noticed that Bernie etc is breaching the Concorde Agreement about airing full races on FTA.
They will be losing MASSIVE amounts of viewers.
They will be losing MASSIVE amounts of sponsorship money.
It's the second I have seen. But it seems to be the one gathering pace quickest. And it will take one getting ahead of the rest before it becomes "the one" as morpheus would say.
Pirelli are really kicking up stink about it - the crux of their story is if it doesn't work, they're out in 2013.
A lot of the teams are voicing concerns but many of them are being paid off to comply which doesn't help.
I can see this being canned by 2013 entirely.
30% of sponsors have said they will pull out if it goes full PPV as they will lose too much revenue as well.
Good one Bernie, I hope the bungs were worth it.
mattx (30th July 2011)
Whitmarsh sees positives in Sky deal as more details emerge - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
"The BBC will show every grand prix in full, half of them live and half of them deferred, so free-to-air is available to everyone." - sounds a little better
I'm guessing they could be on the red button though which would make recording an issue... hopefully they'll be aired at a decent time
Let's look at the one positive to this.
Now Sky have the rights, not only we will get the team radio, we'll get to hear their voicemail too.
And yeah, hell of a lot of reaction from fans, all of it the same. F1 will go downhill very quickly.
Friend of mine really hates Coulthard and Brundle which is a bit daft, a world of experience there. He was excited that, having Sky Sports, he'd not have to put up with them. I upset him late last night by pointing out that they are also providing commentary for SS next year too.
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