Don Foster MP


Confusion still swirls around BBC/Sky deal and what it will mean for viewers

September 12, 2023 by admin in News

During the European season the “hold-back” clause could expire in the middle of the prime time evening slot, when a full re-run of a race is clearly much more difficult. As for Brazil/USA/Canada, I understand they have different “hold back” times altogether.

If a full re-run is not screened on ‘regular’ TV then it might still be screened on iPlayer or on the Red Button, although again this is all up in the air.

One thing is certain: there is still plenty of confusion (and anger) swirling around this issue.

With BBC Director General Mark Thompson due to face questioning from the Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport select committee next month - in the wake of some stinging letters sent by Lib Dem MP Don Foster to both Bernie and the BBC - there remain plenty of questions left unanswered, both about how the deal came about and what it will mean for F1 fans in this country going forward.

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