The BBC will no longer show every round of the F1 season live, starting next year.
Under a new deal announced today the BBC will share coverage with Sky from 2012 to 2018.
Sky will show every race live. The BBC will only screen around half the season’s races including the British and Monaco Grands Prix, plus the season finale.
Sky will show all the practice and qualifying sessions live as well, while the BBC will only show practice and qualifying sessions for certain races.
BBC Sport director Barbara Slater said: “We are absolutely delighted that F1 will remain on the BBC.
“The sport has never been more popular with TV audiences at a ten-year high and the BBC has always stated its commitment to the big national sporting moments.
“With this new deal not only have we delivered significant savings but we have also ensured that through our live and extended highlights coverage all the action continues to be available to licence-fee payers.”
Barney Francis, the managing director of Sky Sports, said: “This is fantastic news for F1 fans and Sky Sports will be the only place to follow every race live and in HD.
“We will give F1 the full Sky Sports treatment with a commitment to each race never seen before on UK television.”
Sky passed a target of achieving ten million customers in the UK last November, however many of these will not have the Sky Sports package.
Are you happy with the new arrangement? Will this change how you watch F1 next year? Have your say in the comments.
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