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No Ad breaks during races. (December 2015)

MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
JAS84 posted:
Looked it up - no Grand National clash this year, but there is an F1 race the week before, so a clash in future years is certainly possible.

Grand National on Channel 4, F1 on More4? Or the other way around?


Probably that way round. The clash will be with the F1 qualifying, not the race.

In any case, C4 may simply opt not to pick the F1 race that weekend ?
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IN
Interceptor
This is the best result I could have imagined. Channel 4 will do a great job, I'm certain of it.

The BBC were silly to be mucking around with F1 at all in my opinion (and I've watched every race the last 3 or 4 years...).
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Michael
Couldn't resist.

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DO
dosxuk Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
I just wish that the BBC could have sorted this out in time for the final race of the season, so that the BBC team could have a proper farewell. It's the least that production team deserved. Sad


There's normally a review of the year programme that goes out over Christmas that would be a good opportunity for such a goodbye.
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madmusician Central (West) Midlands Today
I just wish that the BBC could have sorted this out in time for the final race of the season, so that the BBC team could have a proper farewell. It's the least that production team deserved. Sad


There's normally a review of the year programme that goes out over Christmas that would be a good opportunity for such a goodbye.

It went out last Saturday, sadly.
RD
rdd Founding member
Ecclestone really doesn't sound happy with the BBC at all.

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-becomes-terrestrial-home-of-formula-1
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
rdd posted:
Ecclestone really doesn't sound happy with the BBC at all.

http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-becomes-terrestrial-home-of-formula-1


You think so ? I can't read any particular ill-will for the Beeb in his statement ?

If anything he's having a go at ITV !

Quote:-
"Bernie Ecclestone, Chief Executive Officer of the Formula One group said: “I am sorry that the BBC could not comply with their contract but I am happy that we now have a broadcaster that can broadcast Formula 1® events without commercial intervals during the race."

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HC
Hatton Cross Central (West) Midlands Today
Well don't expect the inaugural Azerbaijan race to be one of 4's live races. Royal Ascot clash with quali. Likewise the German race, clashes with the 2nd biggest Saturday afternoon flat season race at Ascot.
And Singapore won't be a live on either - Rio Paralympics.

Suspect, Channel 4 will go the other way from the BBC and frontload the live choices with the early season early morning flyaways, to avoid clashes with Saturday European qualification sessions and the gee-fees.
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IN
Interceptor
Isn't there a system by which live rights/exclusive rights are picked - ISTR the BBC got to choose 2 live races, then Sky got to choose 2 exclusives?
LL
Larry the Loafer Granada North West Today
So it's Four-mula One then.


Couldn't resist.

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Get those trademarked while you still can! Razz
CW
Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
I presume the BBC will probably have to pay a rather large 'termination fee' as has been previously reported in the press, though I've not seen any mention of the exact amount. It's no real surprise it's leaving the BBC as I've read reports that it was costing around £40m annually, though presumably some of that was for Five Live's radio coverage.

Personally I feel moving to Channel 4 is probably better than if ITV had taken over the remainder of the contract. If I recall correctly when F1 moved from ITV to BBC most of the presenters moved across, so hopefully the same may happen this time. I guess the relatively short 3 year contract also allows them to decide whether they wish to bid for the rights beyond 2018.
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Michael
Get those trademarked while you still can! Razz


Channel 4 may have something to say about that!!

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