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. Ian Bushnell
    29th July 2011, 9:16

    If the BBC Sport director, Barbara Slater, is “delighted” with this arrangement, then she needs to see someone. Are they really so out of touch with their customers?

  2. Oh jesus christ this is the worst move EVER.

    We now have to pay a ton of money to watch our favourite sport be fragmented over all different kinds of TV channels and media devices and have to put up with advertisements every 10 minutes during races too.

    F1 has been my absolute favourite sport for years, I’ve not missed many a practice session, or any qualifying or races in a very long time.

    I’m afraid that I may have to quit watching most F1 in the majority all because of this one move.

    Good move Bernie.

  3. Everything i want to say on this matter has already been said, i am absolutely gutted. I have watched and loved F1 for years, loyally watching through the good and not as exciting races too, i was over the moon when the Beeb got the coverage and we lost the adverts and now we have to pay through the nose for it and have adverts. For the price of a years sky subscription, £381 what kind of streaming or free to air satalite set up can you get?

  4. Through reading the comment I can feel that none of you are happy,not sure what to tell but I have my deepest feeling for you all.

  5. I’ve been enjoying F1 on BBC so much. It’s never been better. I’ll certainly miss the Jake/Eddie/David/Martin line-up at half the races.

    I’ve been a fan since I can ever remember and now I’m afraid that I simply won’t be able to afford the cost for this extra package. It’s the only sport I watch so don’t really fancy paying so much for something I will only watch for a few hours every other weekend for a portion of the year.

    I’m hoping FOTA have something to say about this. I’m wondering if it will affect some teams sponsorship from British companies.

  6. I hate the fact this is happening! Less and less free to air sport! Before you know it we’ll be getting nothing for our licence fee apart from a few episodes of Dr Who and Top Gear!!!

    Please can Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes e.t.c get together and form a new series away from the money grabbing hands of those who control F1. Lets just have a sport, run by the sport! I propose GP1 as the new name and dump F1 and all its “glory”….

    The teams want and NEED free to air coverage – the business models and sponsorship deals require it. Pay per view will mean more moeny will have to come from the TV deals – Greater subscription costs / Requirement for advert breaks will become necessary in the future.

  7. #F1 How can #Sky be allowed to do this with all the bad press around them and now taking the sport away from the #BBC and British public NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS AT ALL! Outrage.. Really hate BSkyB for buying all the sport out of British TV, it’s killing UK Sport, how much money gets fed back into the sport’s to let under privileged children get a chance to compete. This is all about the bigger boys getting a larger slice of the pie or shall we say MONEY! sad very sad.

    1. It’s already happened here in New Zealand. Pretty much every sport is now only on the sole pay-tv provider in our country who make craploads of money from their monopoly. Funnily enough, they’re mostly owned by News Corp.

  8. I think this is worse than the whole coverage going to Sky. The number of people who will pay to watch half the races must be very small, probably smaller than the number who would pay to watch them all.

    With this, the BBC have annoyed a lot of fans who will blank not watch F1 now. I for one will suddenly find myself more interested in BTCC and GP2.

  9. Watched F1 nearly my whole life but probably can’t afford sky. This move is a massive mistake as F1 is going to lose thousands of fans. Now people have to pay Rupert Murdoch to watch a sport they love and enjoy. Many others and I dedicate my life to F1 but can’t afford to pay for Sky Sports. Worst F1 news for years.

  10. I cant believe this, such a bad decision, at least put it all on Sky and be done with it. Doing half makes no sense and the scheduling will confuse the public. Now I’ll have to buy Sky but for only half the coverage £30 odd a for 4 hours coverage every month, really stupid.

  11. Very sad news! I have sky, but another £30 or so to get sky sports HD – just for F1? No way!! F1 on ITV was bad with all the ad breaks so was fantastic when BBC got it back. Sky is notorious for breaks! Sadly, after decades of being glued to F!, I shall now abandon it. Perhaps F1 sponsors will start to feel the effects. Oh! And tell Prisoner Monkeys to shut up – the blatant support for sky is boring – maybe a sky connection there??

  12. This is a rubbish decision. I don’t like football or cricket or any other sport that is on Sky Sports therefore I won’t be paying the £50 or so a month for this.

    Rubbish decision – why cant we opt out of watching BBC – why is the tv licence compulsart – the only programs I watch are Formula One and Top Gear – not interested in Eastenders of the other rubbish they broadcast.

  13. It’s bloody disgusting!

  14. Absolutely disgraceful, the uk is the main feed for almost everything in F1 (engineers, teams etc)… I’m truly am perplexed. So much for the BBC being the main broadcaster of Britain…

  15. Gutted. Again, this is a decision that has everything to do with money and nothing to do with fans. Motor racing is not Football and should not be treated as if it is.

    I’ll watch on Sky if they figure out a way not to show adverts during the race (unlikely), but I know I will not be watching any of their pre race or post race coverage and I’ll be coming to this website to get my views and opinions online.

    I think we have been spoilt by the outstanding coverage provided by the BBC these past few years, it has been the best coverage F1 has ever had in my opinion they have provided such insight into the way the sport works.

    However, this is just adding to my general dislike of the way F1 is going. I don’t like the rules, I don’t find the cars or some of the circuits especially interesting at the moment and I doubt I will pay to go to another live F1 race due to the costs involved. It is not worth it. I hope the new World Endurance Championship will provide a better alternative next year.

  16. This was always going to happen. How else is the sport going to pay mi££ions to the drivers? The Public have dug their own graves. When Sky started, the UK public beat a path to its door. Sky has always Stolen programs from FTA TV and the idiotic UK People seem to enjoy paying for what was once free. I can hear it now ‘but is only £x’, ‘I’m a true fan so I’ll pay’.

    This is the attitude that allowed that cancer that is SKY to flourish. So the trend will continue. First SKY took TV from the public, now they will destroy F1. It was good whilst it lasted.

    SKY has never seen a penny of my cash and never will. Signing petitions will do NOTHING. Those who subscribe to SKY need to cancel their subs NOW. (But they won’t they’ll just pay the asking price.)

  17. Worst decision ever, I love F1 and the BBC was the best coverage I’d seen to date. Ecclestone SHAME ON YOU, you are going to loose a fan here, I want to see everything not scraps and I won’t pay sky for the privilege.

  18. I think it is a massive mistake. It isn’t free to air where I live, and I guess it is the same in quite a lot of countries. Why can’t they just reduce the price for the coverage for free to air channels? They might not bring as much money as the “pay for a lot of commercial breaks” cr*p, but they allow every single F1 fan all over the world to follow the sport! Or show it online from for a reasonable price, I don’t care! I just don’t want commercial breaks and I don’t want to pay ridiculous sums of money for all the garbage you get from one of those TV packages.
    Why is it that F1 can’t, just for once, do the best for the fans? We are the ones who keep the show running for crying out loud.

  19. Disgraceful! Huge mistake!! I like wimbledon but come on!! Maybe this was the best deal the BBC could make but I’d rather lose Eastenders!!!!!

  20. stupid move and as already said massive audience drop even for the bbc events i feel.

    I wont be paying for sky. Yet again we see Murdoch getting his own way and even more money for his pocket.

    Fuming is an understatement

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