Start, Silverstone, 2011

Sky and BBC to share UK F1 coverage from 2012

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Silverstone, 2011
Start, Silverstone, 2011

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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443 comments on “Sky and BBC to share UK F1 coverage from 2012”

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  1. Hi this is a very bad move, I won’t be watching on Sky Good luck to all genuine fans

  2. Absolutely furious!!! I don’t have Sky as am not going to subscribe just to help the BBC out so I can watch F1. I pay my TV licence to the BBC to watch uninterrupted coverage of F1!

    F1 will be the loser I’m guessing they will lose a whole load of viewers!

  3. I like the BBC saying that it will show the last GP of the season it just shows that this idea come from someone you does not watch F1.If the championship is won by the last race it makes the last GP a non event pointless showing it,its like showing the last game of a football season knowing man utd have won the league.I can see how this will go in the years to come 1st BBC will drop F1 because no one is watching the live races it does show (why pay for sky only to watch half a season and the other half on the BBC) and then sky will have the F1 fan where it wants them and you and I will have to pay an amout to watch every race like you do now to watch boxing fights.

  4. There are over 5000 (and counting) comments on the BBC’s F1 website. If you haven’t had your say please do so. There are petitions and there is the BBC complaints website. Please make your feeling known.

    This is an absolute travesty. We all know where this is likely to end up eventually. I would be surprised if viewers ended up having to pay well over £400 per year to view a full race session.

  5. Disgusted is not strong enough for this sell out deal. 99% victims because of this and 1% who will benefit.
    On the BBC there is a blog message from the head F1 BBC, Ben Gallop. In less then 2 days over 5500 (and still counting rapidly) reactions. And guess what? All negative. See

  6. really upset by the F1 moving to sky…
    I’m looking online to find a “avoid the f1 campaign”…

    big business SKY/BBC and alike are interested in only 1 thing… viewers…

    BBC so than can provided logical reasoning why the tv subscrition should remain as high as it is…

    and sky so they can push a thousand and 1 adverts every 8-10 minutes.. ~ misisng the action in the process…

    I can’t believe after bbc now have it so right (coverage wise, time broadcasting, presenters, options)… that the rights for the f1 have now (or be it party) moved to sky!!

    please avoid watching sky whereever possible, they will soon pick up the lack in watchers/viewers makes this a bad business move and therefore a waste of money and therefore something (as a big business) to avoided…

    what coupled with all the media attention on the murdock family maybe its time to show that us english speaking fans of the sport we will now be pushed around & forced to pay yet again!!!…
    I’m a sky user already and already pay throw the nose… but i refuse to subsribe to yet another package..

    suggest we all switch off f1 every time its shown on sky..

    if you “must” see the action for each race (even the those broadcasted by sky), get yourself down your local pub…

    at least using the pub will help mask the belief that buy the rights to f1 for sky really isn’t quite such a good business move afterall… and with any luck will help ensure we dont end up adding yet another few ten’s of millions to the murdock already far too big empire.

    please please please, dont sit back and take this ****..
    please do not watch the sky races… but equally make sure your in place and ready for the bbc coverage (whichever that may be)…


    to give the fia and f1 soemthing to worry about…
    they are loads champsionships of other equally (or with the protentional to be equally good) good..
    maybe with the idoitatic move from f1 it time for a new proidigy driveing sport to coem to the forefront!

  7. worst thing to happen to f1

  8. Absolutely staggered to read this news…. and reading the comments left here everyone is feeling the same as me. I love watching both the F1 and Motogp, but I will not be switching to Sky… so its no more F1 for me. This sport should be all about the fans. I really feel gutted for the current commentators, who do such a fab job, I’m convinced they feel just as gutted by the situation.

  9. How disappointing. I dont have the sky sports package and surprise surprise another sport that is going to lose its viewers. Whats the point of the bbc only showing half of the live races. It’s like only getting half of the story. Either I get to see the whole season or I will not be watching. Money is tight for everyone so now that the person called Bernie Eccleston has signed up the new deal with Sky, the genuine fans who watch live will not be able to afford it. I dont suppose Bernie will be out of pocket though will he?

  10. Martin Young
    31st July 2011, 22:34


    Could you please make DVDs of these comments and send them to the Sponsers of Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari, and to ALL the team principals. Perhaps if the sponsers and the teams beleive that the UK fans will desert them, then maybe they can put pressure on Bernie to save our sport. (An organised boycott of Silverstone next year to show our disgust at this deal would frighten the daylights out of the teams and their sponsers.)
    I have been an avid fan of F1 since the days of James Hunt.
    I will not buy a subscription to SKY. I’ll go fishing instead!
    I don’t mind paying an extra £10 a year for my TV licnce to keep FULL F1 coverage on the BBC.

  11. Well I wont be paying for a TV license next year then!

  12. Some e-mail addresses to write to about this BBC/Sky sell out:

    And here a template letter for those who want to use that for the addresses:

  13. Mike Hammond
    1st August 2011, 15:41

    To my knowledge, no-one ever had to pay to watch a race before, shame on you BBC

  14. Worst deal for the ordinary fans ever, the BBC must be demented if they think that this is a good deals for F1 fans, £470 to watch 10 races live on SKY, not a chance.

    The BBC have made a huge mistake, but have tried to bury it in the 4 week off period for F1, they are not reporting it on their News programmes or the F1 site, shameful censorship, they have the cheek to call them selves a public broadcaster but won’t respond, report or justify their actions properly!

  15. Doug Hession
    3rd August 2011, 1:00

    I don’t watch football but if I did I would not be happy if they only showed the first half of the game.
    We have been rucked.
    BBC, if you can’t afford to do it right don’t do it at all.
    You will now wast millions of pounds of licence payers money by paying for scratty bits of F1 that no one will bother watching.
    Don’t you get it your deal is no good. In fact it’s worse than no good.
    Your hilights will be after the news (including BBC) has given out the results. Unlike football motor racing never gets that warning (If you don’t want to know the results look away now).
    Get the money back (Our money) and cover Australian V8 super cars.
    Propper sport no gread no Bernie and great to view.
    Until you do, Thank you for freeing up my weekends, for 2012.
    Cheers, Disapointed, Disgruntled, Doug.

  16. I have been watching F1 since the Damon Hill years but 2011 will be my last year. I will not be subscribing to Sky Sports and do not want to watch a select few races on the BBC.

  17. The world has gone completely mad and orientated solely toward PROFIT. This removal of F1 from free to air TV is yet another demonstration of the divide between rich and poor. Obviously Bernie and the F1 management only want the wealthy to follow the sport in the future. It is a sad day when the working class are no longer able to follow a favourite sport without being extorted for the pleasure. I will not pay for Sky simply to watch the racing and therefore I will be force to simply stop following the sport.

  18. I will never pay Sky for anything, ever. Goodbye F1 and good riddance to Bernie Ecclestone, the man who has ruined Formula One for the great British public.

  19. one word on-line streaming

  20. Can pay, but won’t give honest money to a bent outfit. Sky broadcast 99.999% carp anyway. A sad loss.

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