Sky Sports And BBC To Share F1 Coverage From 2012


Only half of Formula 1 Grands Prix will be shown on free-to-air television in the United Kingdom from next season under a new rights deal involving both BBC and Sky Sports.

Under the new deal, Sky Sports will show every practice session, qualifying and race live. BBC meanwhile will only show half of the races live, together with all the sessions from those tracks. BBC will have highlights of all the races it does not show, and BBC Radio 5 Live will continue to broadcast from every race. The British Grand Prix, the Monaco Grand Prix and the final race of the season  are amongst those that will continue to be shown by the BBC.

The new deal runs from 2012 until 2018. The BBC’s existing deal was due to run until the end of 2013, but had been under pressure to cut costs.

“This is fantastic news for F1 fans and Sky Sports will be the only place to follow every race live and in HD,” said Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis. “We will give F1 the full Sky Sports treatment with a commitment to each race never seen before on UK television.”

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 10-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.”

  • James

    Awful news. The BBC coverage sounds very poor. I will now have to fork out around £50/month to get Sky or go with a poor BBC service. I am very unhappy about this.

  • F1 Fan

    This is bad news, I cannot believe the head of BBC sport is “Delighted” by this, I guess F1 is not a sport she enjoys, I wonder what she does like, and hence will get more coverage now.

  • Gaz

    I completely agree, the only sport I watch is F1 and for me now needing to folk out for SkySports seems crazy.
    This isn’t the fault of the BBC but for Bernie wanting additional cash as I am sure Sky paid a lot for this deal.

  • poor poor show. cannot think of a worse outcome, even itv would have been better. Doesnt this break the concorde agreement tho?

  • BBC redefine meaning of the word ALL in statement “…but we have also ensured that through our live and extended highlights coverage all the action continues to be available…”Explain please, BBC, where ALL coverage will be on the BBC? BBC and F1 both in a ‘spin’.

  • Gareth Darke

    Truly upset by this. After 20 Years of loyal viewing I now have to pay a subscription or watch only the highlights. Gutted.

  • Geoffchats

    The whole thing stinks. Just illustrates, as if we needed proof, that the BBC is an arrogant organisation prone to cavalier and ill-thought-out acts. Once again, it has betrayed its loyal viewers and sold-out to a discredited and disgusting organisation that has damaged many people through the hacking scandal. I cancelled my Sky subscription in the wake of the ongoing NOTW/News International fiasco and I will not be renewing unless the disgusting News Corporation relinquishes its grip on BSkyB completely. If that happens, then I will consider watching F1 on Sky. If not, then I shall be forced to watch only half of the races live on the BBC, with highlights having to do for the remainder. I have vowed never again to watch or look at anything that has News International/News Corporation ownership or involvement and I won’t be changing my mind. Ecclestone has sold us all out and it’s typical of the man that he fails to understand what real people believe. 

  • Geoffchats

    The whole thing stinks. Just illustrates, as if we needed proof, that the BBC is an arrogant organisation prone to cavalier and ill-thought-out acts. Once again, it has betrayed its loyal viewers and sold-out to a discredited and disgusting organisation that has damaged many people through the hacking scandal. I cancelled my Sky subscription in the wake of the ongoing NOTW/News International fiasco and I will not be renewing unless the disgusting News Corporation relinquishes its grip on BSkyB completely. If that happens, then I will consider watching F1 on Sky. If not, then I shall be forced to watch only half of the races live on the BBC, with highlights having to do for the remainder. I have vowed never again to watch or look at anything that has News International/News Corporation ownership or involvement and I won’t be changing my mind. Ecclestone has sold us all out and it’s typical of the man that he fails to understand what real people believe. 

  • Jimmytwohand
  • Jamesowen12

    I already pay to watch F1, although it’s described as “free to air”, it obviously is not. I do not really watch anything else on the BBC as it content seems to be for middle class wine drinking London suburb types. If I did not have to pay for a TV licence I would not mind paying for Sky Sports. I think the BBC has made a bad decision as I will probably not bother watching F1 once it’s on Sky.  

  • Duncan Purvis

    Disgusted, now I will miss half the races. Not paying for sky Sport. Most of the sport I watch isn’t on sky sports. Same thing happened to boxing. I stopped watching it as soon as it went to sky. At least it is on the radio.

  • AA

    Are you guys kidding? Doesn’t this need the approval of FOTA first?

  • Justinb277

    That’s the worst possible news any F1 fan wants to hear………How much football is on our tv’s now since sky got their hands on it…….it’s taken about five years to lose my interest in football altogether!!? Now there isn’t even a decent international match to watch on normal tv?? Now the BBC are going to air 10 races…….what is the point, if you are a fan you want to watch all of them!!! Bang goes all the excitement and tension for the 2012 season already!! I am a normal person who works damn hard and I can’t afford sky!!!….. My one enjoyment ‘f1’ is now going to disappear from my tv screen in 5 years just like the demise of football from our screen…….by 2018 I won’t have any sporting interests ‘to watch? And ‘no’ inspiration for young people to aspire to?? Unless you are a rich person who can afford rising costs and pay per view tv……..I am so upset and outraged that I will eventually lose my favourite sport from my tv………BBC you should think about how many viewers you will now lose to crappy advert riddled f1 coverage………You have done a great job this year……why waste it and and push away all who have watched the excitement build this year??
    Worst decision BBC has ever made for this sport……

  • Disappointed F1 Fan

    I won’t be paying for the Sky Sports channels as F1 is the only “sport” I follow. As of next year, I guess I won’t be following any.

    Shame on you Beeb, shame on you Bernie, you both just shot yourselves in the foot.

  • AshleyS

    Gutted, but I’m not paying Sky £400+ a year for half the races.  I will use the money to attend one of the Sky only races instead and put my money into the sport and not Murdochs pocket!

  • Adrian

    This is truly awfull but you can’t blame the BBC – they’ve been made to slash budgets and simply can’t afford it. Bernie has for a long time said that he wants ‘red button’ type coverage which takes ITV out. That leaves us with Sky. You could also say that the BBC as a public broadcaster shouldn’t be bidding on things which one way or another will end up on TV anyway.

    The thing with Sky is that in two years, it’ll be “Oh, Spa? That’s on Sky Sports 2 – press the red button to subscribe.” and then “Monaco – oh, that’s a pay per view this year, not included in either your SS1 (£25) or SS2 (£15) subscription.”.

    I can’t wait.

  • Cwkompound

    The problem is F1 (The company) want money, BBC has made cuts so the f1 has gone. A complete and utter disaster for all of us who dont want to pay into the whole News international Monoploy machine!
    Last month Ecclestone said, I dont think we will be doing a deal with Sky. Now that the phone hacking isn’t the main story…all of a sudden F1 is on sky! Cant stand Ecclestone anyway, and thats the cherry on the cake.
    Sky say ‘this is great news for f1 fans’……….not in my book. I dont care how many cameras Sky give us to choose from, their football coverage is terrible and no doubt F1 coverage will be ruined aswell.

    So now I am going to have to watch MOTD and Race of the day. Feel sorry for all those working hard on the BBC coverage aswell as it was far and away better than ITV’s.

    A bit of a kick in the teeth all round.

  • Lee Morton

    typical deal done by suits who have no interest in the viewing public

  • Rigbyrj

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  • Nick

    can barely afford a tv liecense at the moment let alone sky sports. i only watch motorsport on tv so will be missing out big time. if murdoch thinks this will increase sky subscription i think he will be disapointed if the poll on the london evening standard is anything to go by.

  • Nick

    can barely afford a tv liecense at the moment let alone sky sports. i only watch motorsport on tv so will be missing out big time. if murdoch thinks this will increase sky subscription i think he will be disapointed if the poll on the london evening standard is anything to go by.

  • Bruce

    Would be interested to see how much the BBC will save in 2012. Anyone know what Bernie is/was charging per race? If we all have a whip-round …. or maybe since Concorde expires soon, a new free-to-air race series will happen? Was looking forward to 2012, now I’m not too sure. Either way, I’m not going to sell my soul to SKY.

  • Docthebiker

    Reading this news made me curse (un-repeatable here). There’s already no point watching BBC highlights, or late repeats, such as the Australian GP, as the media (including the BBC) have already anounced the race results on the News or their web site. Which also causes curses to escape my lips.
    Well done Bernie in doing over the very people who supourted F1 for all those years when it was just a parade the moment it gets exciting.
    I hope you choke on the money.

  • Xx

    Terrible news – another case of viewers being exploited by SKY

  • cs192

    have any of you people considered the alternatives to paying for sky? like going to your local and getting the race on there?

    if it creates business then any pub with two sky boxes would be daft not to show it.

  • Barry Barnes

    Once again money talks for Bernie, an absolute disgrace…do Sky really think they will lure F1 fans over, especially in these hard times we are living in…also BBC what are we paying for these days sport wise!

    Very sad as I think F1 viewing figures will suffer.  Martin Brundle didn’t have to say many words to make his feelings known…

  • YOURS DIGUSTED!

    What a dog’s dinner. Since I won’t be investing £48 per race just to watch one program on SKY I will be giving up F1 despite watching it all my life. In fact, as this is going to happen anyway, I don’t think I’ll even bother with the Hungarian GP. I have already lost interest…

  • Deb

    I just cannot believe what is happening – I am totally outraged by this decision.  I’ve been watching F1 for over 15 years and I will NOT be paying a subscription to Sky to watch it from 1012 onwards.    What is the point of the BBC only showing 10 races – it’s pointless.  Bernie lining his pockets yet again. 

  • Jayne

    Wonderful! Chances are we will miss half the important bits of the race watching stupid adverts!  I’m disgusted with BBC!  The commentators will be crap, probably find Legard and James Allen back!  I won’t be watching sky legally I will get my son to tune into an illegal site and watch it free! Then I will have the radio on for the commentary!

  • Markyboy1001

    I can’t believe the BBC is trying to put a positive spin on this, the BBC coverage has been first rate up until this.
    I’m certainly not going to be paying for SKY just to catch the other half of the races not shown on the BBC and after 20 years of following F1 it’s a shame, I’ll miss it but Bernie won’t be getting any more of my money.
    As for the highlights, why bother some broadcast somewhere will have ruined the ending for you already.
     

  • Petermc47

    What terrible news!!! Sky & B E are greedy.  Sky are a lousy broadcaster who only care about profits. In the current climate, anything associated with the Murdochs is poison. Please BBC try and fight these pirates.!!

  • Petermc47

    What terrible news!!! Sky & B E are greedy.  Sky are a lousy broadcaster who only care about profits. In the current climate, anything associated with the Murdochs is poison. Please BBC try and fight these pirates.!!

  • haj232

    Bad day for F1 and for BBC – Hopy you’re satisfied with losing viewers cause I aint paying for Sky Sports – it’s pathetic.  Nothing left to watch on T.V what on earth do I pay my licence for???  What’s the point is watching half of the season – if I wanted to do that I would go out every other sunday and miss it – very disappointed and very angry with the so called BEEB!!!!!   Sky Sports is too extensive a package to get so see ya F1 – I guess i’ll read the news more!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dhunter

    So the antipodean robber baron wins again.

  • Personally I don’t think F1 fans realise how lucky they’ve been in recent years. Like all of you, I’d rather not subscribe to Sky but but look at so many other sports…

    Very little domestic football is live on free-to-air, only 1 golf major is exclusive on free-to-air. Boxing gets no free-to-air coverage and the biggest fights are on pay-per-view. English test cricket isn’t shown live on free-to-air at all and hasn’t been since 2005. Formula 1 doesn’t have a divine right to stay on terrestrial tv (as much as I wish it did!)

    As for ‘selling out’, what were they supposed to do? BBC can’t afford it at the moment and if Sky didn’t show F1 then we’d be left with nothing. I agree this isn’t ideal but no sport is too big to stay away from satellite tv.

  • RWC

    Dreadful news, I will never give Sky a penny.

  • Sky have confirmed they will be showing the races uninterrupted so adverts won’t be a problem

  • Graham

    This is disgusting. Having hardly missed a race for the last 40 odd years, the only sport I’m interested in is F1 and now I’m going to have to miss half the races every season.

    I DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR SKY SPORTS !  Why should I when all I want to watch is F1? I don’t even have SKY or Virgin etc. because I’m not into paying for something I don’t want.

    The BBC has said it will benefit everyone, The BBC, SKY and Bernie… but ‘everyone’ seems to be fogetting the most important party – THE FANS!

    This is a very bad decision which can only mean bad things for F1 eventually.

  • Vince Pettit

    My biggest problem with this is where I live is a graded building so we’re not allowed to put a Sky dish on the side of the building and we can’t get cable… I’m sure we’re not the only ones in the situation… what can the people in this situation do if they physically can’t get a subscription!?

  • Robert Houghton9

    This is a very bad day for F1 fans in the UK, The BBC only showing the dregs of what is left over from what Sky don’t want to show. And i believe part of the broadcast conditons based on the FIA rules, that ‘EVERY’ race must be broadcast ‘LIVE’ and on ‘FREE TO AIR CHANNELS’ only.

  • Robert Houghton9

    This is a very bad day for F1 fans in the UK, The BBC only showing the dregs of what is left over from what Sky don’t want to show. And i believe part of the broadcast conditons based on the FIA rules, that ‘EVERY’ race must be broadcast ‘LIVE’ and on ‘FREE TO AIR CHANNELS’ only.

  • Graham

    That’s assuming your local has SKY… and that they want to show F1… and that you actually don’t want to hear the commentary.

    I enjoy the commentary as much as the race and enjoy sitting in the comfort of my own home to watch it.

  • Glenn

    its not the cost that worries me but the coverage. The BBC team are world class. They are the people I want to cover F1 for me. If Sky had the BBC team I wouldn’t care about the money. I want MB and DC covering the race and JH,EJ and the rest too. It’s been the best coverage in all the many many years ive followed the sport. 
    glenn
    birmingham uk

  • John

    Very disappointing news, but I was expecting it.  Whenever Bernie says something wil DEFINITELY NOT happen it always does.  Ass soon as he said the rumours of SKY taking over F1 were ludicrous and would be suicide blah.. blah.. I knew the writing was on the wall.  I hate being right on this occasion.

    All I can say is I will not be paying for SKY’s coverage but I will be visiting my local torrent site to catch up on the races not show on terrestrial TV.

  • Docthebiker

    Babs email won’t be read, just redirects to BBC complaints.

  • A Wren

    So where do those of us who live in flats and aren’t allowed to get cable or satellite installed get left? Are we seriously expected to have to move house to watch it? 

    Personal issues aside though, its still a disaster.
    Lack of free-to-air coverage killed A1GP. I went to the last race in this country and there were perhaps 1000 spectators if I’m being generous.
    Without the free to air coverage, are Silverstone going to get the crowds any more as the fans drift away? 
    In five years time will we be told there’s no more British GP as the country doesn’t like F1 any more? 
    How are you going to inspire the next generation of F1 engineers if they can’t get to watch it? 
    Will the teams currently based here see it as worthwhile sticking around?

    I wasn’t in favour of a breakaway championship last time it was mooted, but I’m praying for one now.

  • Sbs16b

    As a 70 year old pensioner this is just the push I needed to pack up the TV for good . Nearly £150 a year to have this black eye staring at me from the corner of the room. 27 channels of unwatchable drivel or things I have seen a hundred  times over. But not any more.Thank you Beeb I should have done it years ago. Tomorrow I shall get onto the bank and cancel my DD.
    My TV will be mothballed until I am 75. But of course I expect you will have ended that concession by then.Having just watched the Hungarian GP I asked myself now was that worth 50 quid. You are joking !
    Having just watched the Hungarian GP I asked myself now was that worth 50 quid. You must be joking.

  • Leggus

    Ecclestone and Murdoch are just as bad as each other, no amount of money is ever enough for these greedy old men, all i can say is thank god nobody lives forever!

  • Andrew

     I’m not willing to pay for Sky, and so if I can’t follow my favorite sport properly, then I will not follow it at all
    Time for Bernie to retire and leave it to poeple who think with both parts of the brain.
    Also notice comentators are not saying anything.
    Have they been silenced?

  • I wish to replicate everything said above, I follow F1 100% but with an additional payment of £300 or so a year to watch a sport I love really hurts, Why are so people soooo greedy. The sport should be enjoyed by all the fans, not just those with loads of money. 

    So not happy with this, You can tell the BBC’s talking with someone holding a gun against their head and their hands tied behind them.

    F1 will never ever be the same. Shame on you Bernie

  • Suzie-sue1954

    Sue Stacey, Gutted I wont be able to watch all the races live, I can not afford to pay for sky.
    I use to get up early for all of the qualifying races as well as the races, I will almost miss not getting up that early to see the the early ones.
    I took a small portable TV in the car just to watch F1 if we were on the move. I will be look forward to watch as much as I can on BBC1, so thanks for keeping some.