While catching up on the new today I came across a like to a Sky story which seems to have disappeared. The link text read “Martin Brundle claims Ecclestone’s ongoing battle is making F1 ‘look…” and linked here:
I’m guessing the story might have been killed on the advice of Sky’s lawyers. Reporting on ongoing legal cases is always a tricky area. The relationship between Sky and FOM makes that an even more difficult prospect. Discretion is the better part of valour, so Sky probably decided to remove the story.
I think the article is actually quite complimentary on Ecclestone, providing some insight into his relationship with Brundle. The glowing character reference rather overwhelms the charge of bribery! But I can understand why the article was pulled. It’s no secret Sky are considering trying to take over the world feed etc. from Ecclestone/FOM. And to be honest, it’s not as if the ringleader of the sport being accused of bribery is going to be a positive marketing opportunity for the sport, is it? I think the title is justified – look at what all the recent prosecutions (and the hefty financial bailout/subsequent great depression) have done for the perception of banking!