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:
That now gives a 404. However the article which used to be there can still be seen in Google’s cache:
As far as I’ve seen there’s no mention on their site why the story has been deleted.
That’s pretty cool how you can still retrieve the article. I didn’t know that was possible!
Maybe Ecclestone bribed them forcing them to delete the story!
Suggest someone take a screenshot of that article ASAP, as I checked the Wayback Machine and they didn’t capture it:
Knowing FOM, they will get Google cache to delete it (or it will be deleted) shortly.
Wonder what FOM/BE objected to? The “grubby” description or Brundle saying he’d call BE in an emergency??
So.. how long before this forum thread magically gets deleted? ;)
Cheers, @Todd / @braketurnaccelerate ! Thx for doing that. I saved a copy and will also abuse social media w/ it ;)
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.
Mirrored my own copy at AwesomeScreenshot – http://awesomescreenshot.com/06823j1i68
Trying to insert the screen shot here…
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!
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