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F1 fans deserve explanation over BBC and BSkyB deal, says MP

September 6, 2023 by admin in News

The Liberal Democrat culture spokesman, Don Foster, has written to BBC director general Mark Thompson demanding an explanation of the corporation’s Formula One deal with BSkyB.

Foster said there were “glaring problems” with accounts given by the BBC, Sky and Formula One about the deal, which will take some races away from free-to-air TV for the first time.

Sky will broadcast all the Formula One races and practice sessions from next season, with the BBC broadcasting half of the races. Live TV coverage of Formula One reverted to the BBC in 2009 after 13 years on ITV.

“I am not complaining about the realities of the BBC, BSkyB and FOM [Formula One Management] having their own interests. Nor do I doubt that those involved in this arrangement worked hard to balance their competing aims,” Foster said in the letter, seen by the Guardian.

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