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Reinstate BBC F1 Coverage

Submitted on Friday 29th July 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Reinstate BBC F1 Coverage

Additional Information

We're totally dismayed that the BBC has voluntarily given up its rights to full coverage of F1 in 2012 and 2013.

The BBC's F1 coverage is Bafta award winning and serves a demographic that is poorly served by the licence fee. The compromise of showing half of races portrays how little the people behind this decision understand the sport. A Formula One season evolves - the enjoyment of viewers comes not from single races, but from the whole narrative arc of twenty events.

In order to get the full HD service presently offered, Formula One viewers will have to spend in excess of £600 per year on Sky.

In addition, this deal extends an inadequate standard of coverage right up to 2018, locking out other free-to-air broadcasters from covering the whole season.

Government should force the BBC to renegotiate the deal with Sky and ensure that Formula One is added to the so called 'crown jewels' of sports rights - meaning it is always available free-to-air.

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