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Keep Formula One free to air

Submitted on Monday 1st August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

Petition Action

Keep Formula One free to air

Additional Information

Intervene in the Formula One / BBC / Sky TV deal that is the first step to taking Formula One off free view. The viewing figures at are at all time high and continuing to grow. The Hungarian grand prix at it's peak attracted 6 million viewers almost 10% of the UK's population. By allowing the deal for Sky to go through yet another popular sport is being taken away from the masses.

This significant interest generates record attendances at Silverstone. The circuit has undergone significant improvements, other worldclass venues have been government funded and whilst the potential cancellation of the British Grand Prix was a real threat no actions was taken.

There is a further issue in that Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire are the centre of the Motorsport Industry injecting money into the economy and creating significant amounts of employment. At a time of recession and a tight job-market the government should be doing more to protect and enhance it's successful industries.

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There's already a petition about this issue. We cannot accept a new petition when we already have one about a very similar issue.

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