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Keep Formula 1 entirely on free-to-air

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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Keep Formula 1 entirely on free-to-air

Additional Information

Formula 1 motor racing is currently watched by over 5 million people on the BBC for each and every race - that's 10% of the adult population! To reduce costs, the BBC has seemingly decided to halve the coverage of F1 to allow them to retain BBC4, a minority channel watched by only a few tens of thousands of people on average (see the BARB web site for details). Formula 1 may be expensive for the BBC but 5 million people can't be wrong - it's in the BBC's top 10 programmes every week that it's shown). Over half the F1 teams are based in England (including, for example, the "German national team" of Mercedes - cars built in Brackley and engines built in Northampton). As a comparison, any particular Premiership Football match on Sky TV only attracts around 1 million viewers for our so-called "national sport".

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