Qualifying will be live on digital channel ITV4 at 6pm on Saturday. It will be repeated on ITV1 at 00.45am. The race will be live on digital channel ITV2 at 5pm on Sunday. Only highlights will be shown on ITV1, at 1am on Monday morning. Large number of British television viewers do not have or cannot get digital reception.
Surprisingly the scheduling is nothing to do with the coincidence of the football World Cup. ITV1 are showing news and You’ve Been Framed (a home video clips programme) while the qualifying is on and the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof during the race – hardly unavoidable clashes.
ITV have repeatedly let British Formula One fans down by missing out several minutes of each race to show advertisements (notoriously during the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix) and often fail to show sessions live (including this year during the Malaysian Grand Prix).
If you would like to complain to ITV you can contact them as follows:
- Telephone: 0870 600 6766
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Post: Duty Office, Gas Street, Birmingham, B1 2JT
- ITV1 Schedule, 25th June 2006 (external)
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