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BBC's Mark Thompson to face MPs on F1 deal with BSkyB

October 27, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Mark Thompson, the BBC director general, is to face questions from MPs about the corporation’s handling of its Formula One TV rights deal with BSkyB.

Foster raised fears in September that no one was speaking on behalf of Formula One viewers and that there were “glaring problems” with accounts given by the BBC, Sky and Formula One over how the deal came about.

John Whittingdale, the Conservative MP and chairman of the committee, said in a letter to the Lib Dem culture spokesman, Don Foster, that a large number of people had expressed concerns about the deal, which will result in live coverage of half the Formula One grands prix away from free-to-air TV for the first time.

“The new licensing agreement for Formula One coverage is a commercial decision for the BBC and Formula One Management. However, the committee will be holding its annual evidence session with the chairman of the BBC Trust and the director general of the BBC in December.

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