F1 will not be broadcast in high definition on the BBC in 2009.
Director of BBC Sport Roger Mosey said ?óÔé¼?ôwe?óÔé¼Ôäód very much like it to be?óÔé¼?Ø but HD F1 broadcasts are not available yet.
He also suggested practice sessions will only be available online and ?óÔé¼?£via the red button?óÔé¼Ôäó, and said the BBC is looking into broadcasting GP2 as well.
Mr Mosey has made a series of remarks about the BBC?óÔé¼Ôäós plans for F1 coverage on the BBC?óÔé¼Ôäós sports blog pages. Here are a few of the major highlights:
The races will be on iPlayer, but precise red button plans are yet to be confirmed.
The idea is that F1?óÔé¼Ôäós home will be BBC One, with all qualifying and races live and uninterrupted on that channel. The rest will be online and on the red button.
We?óÔé¼Ôäóre still working on GP2 and other scheduling details. Clearly, we?óÔé¼Ôäóll have a lot of new content from F1 itself ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ which will start with practice available online on the Friday of a race weekend. Catch-up F1 will later be on iPlayer with highlights on the site.
F1 won?óÔé¼Ôäót be available in HD though we?óÔé¼Ôäód very much like it to be. I?óÔé¼Ôäóll keep you posted.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm surprised at the choice of BBC One for the shows ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ I expected them to screen it on BBC Two, to keep it clear of any clashes with mainstream programming. It makes no difference as long as they stick to their promise of ?óÔé¼?ôlive and uninterrupted?óÔé¼?Ø broadcasts ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ even if Eastenders is on, even if England finally wins a cricket tournament, even if the queen?óÔé¼Ôäós 17th cousin stubs her toe.
Having qualifying and races live is the bare minimum but he says ?óÔé¼?ôthe rest will be online?óÔé¼?Ø indicating F1 fans will still get to see free practice live next year. Good news.
It would be a shame if nowhere could be found on the BBC?óÔé¼Ôäós many channels to show GP2 live. At the very least I hope it?óÔé¼Ôäós screened live on iPlayer. It?óÔé¼Ôäós provided some of the best races I?óÔé¼Ôäóve watched in the past four years. If BBC isn?óÔé¼Ôäót going to show it live on one of their channels I hope Eurosport or Motors TV can pick it up instead.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm very disappointed that F1 will not be in high definition in 2009. Once again it seems Formula One Group?óÔé¼Ôäós laughably slow adoption of new technology is to blame.
More on the BBCs 2009 F1 coverage