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BBC bosses face grilling from MPs over controversial Formula One rights' sharing deal

September 6, 2023 by admin in News

BBC Director General Mark Thompson faces a grilling from furious MPs demanding to know the truth behind the corporation’s controversial Formula 1 rights’ deal.

Don Foster, Lib Dem spokesman for Culture, Media and Sport, has written to the BBC chief asking for answers about their tie-up with Sky Sports, which will deprive many fans from seeing all the races.

In a letter seen by the Mirror, Mr Foster said: “The least fans deserve is a clear account of what happened.”

The new deal, which comes into force next season, will see Sky Sports, which viewers have to pay for, broadcast all of the races live, while the BBC will show only half of the races simultaneously.

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