The government’s refusal to put Formula 1 on the list of protected sporting events may jeopardise the continued popularity of a sport which Britain excels at, and an industry which employs thousands and generates millions of pounds.
An interview with LG’s vice president of corporate sponsorships Andrew Barrett has been circulated by the Motor Sport Business Forum. In it, Barrett discusses a forthcoming advert for LG’s 200hz LCD TV range, which he boasts will be the first to use actual footage from an F1 race: We’ve produced a TV commercial talking about … Continue reading LG planning F1 HD TV advert?
BBC F1 are doing a marvellous job in their first year back as F1’s broadcasters in Britain. That much is clear on the live blogs whenever fans outside Britain get a glimpse of BBC’s work and comment on how good it is. But although it’s great to finally see some improvement in Formula 1 broadcasting, … Continue reading BBC F1 is great but motor sport coverage in Britain is getting worse
F1 may finally be broadcast in true HD for the first time ever later this year. Discussions are under way about broadcasting the 2009 F1 season finale – the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – in high definition.
How is the BBC faring since taking over from ITV as Britain’s F1 broadcaster? Here’s its preliminary viewing figures for the first two races: 2009 Australian Grand Prix live: 2.1m average, 3.4m peak 2009 Australian Grand Prix repeat: 2.8m average 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix live: 4.4m average, 5.2m peak Last year ITV’s replay of the … Continue reading BBC F1 TV ratings for first two races of 2009
F1 Fanatic guest writer Ben Evans, who’s commentated on races at circuits and on television, gives his verdict on the BBC’s F1 coverage. Last year I was lucky enough to get to work on TV side of motorsport making some highlights programmes and subsequently commentating live on-site for the World Series by Renault. I’ve learned … Continue reading BBC F1: a commentator’s verdict
Here are the details of the live Malaysian Grand Prix coverage in Britain. Don’t forget to join us on F1 Fanatic for live blogging during every session. Friday 3rd April Free practice 1: 2.55am – 4.35am, Red Button (video – television), BBC Sport (video – online), 5 Live Sports Extra (audio – radio) Free practice … Continue reading Malaysian Grand Prix TV times
A big talking point on the live blogs during the Australian Grand Prix weekend was how BBC did with their F1 coverage. I thought they did a great job – but reading around some other sites I’ve noticed a few complaints. What did you think of the BBC’s return as an F1 broadcaster?
BBC head of F1 and football Niall Sloane has left his job only one week after the BBC’s ambitious F1 coverage plans were announced. It follows the planned departure of director of sport Roger Mosey who takes charge of the corporation’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics. Mosey was replaced by Barbara Slater, the first woman … Continue reading BBC F1 boss quits
The details of BBC’s F1 coverage this year are due to be announced in a press conference today. We already know a lot about their TV plans for 2009. Today I expect some big announcements about their online coverage.
An early schedule for BBC’s F1 coverage posted by Francois shows they will be broadcasting F1 practice sessions live this year. However it is not yet clear whether the practice session on Saturday will be shown as well as the two on Friday. Last year ITV screened Friday practice live online, but not Saturday’s session … Continue reading BBC to show F1 practice live
Over the past year I’ve been keeping an eye out for details of how F1 coverage will look in 2009 as the BBC takes over from ITV. But this makes little difference for those of you not in Britain, or whose broadcasters do not use the British feed. So, how will you be following F1 … Continue reading How are you watching F1 in 2009?
Australians are to get a new dedicated sports channel that could show Formula 1 in HD. ONE, a new channel launched by Network Ten, promises “live and extended coverage of the Formula 1 ING Australian Grand Prix over the launch weekend with more than 22 hours of action across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.” Few other … Continue reading HD channel to show F1 in Australia
Following Formula 1 is going to get a lot more complicated in 2009. The nature of F1 inevitably makes it harder to cover on television than other sports such as football. But Formula One Management and the television compaines that broadcast its feed will have to be seriously on the ball this year. Here’s why.
The 2008 Formula 1 season ended on a high on the track – but the shock withdrawal of Honda was a sting in the tail. With 2009 almost upon us it’s time to take stock of F1’s position as one season ends and a new year begins: the quality of the competition, the future of … Continue reading The state of Formula 1 in 2008
With F1 moving to the BBC in 2009, fans in the UK should be able to use the iPlayer to watch live F1 action next year. But anyone trying to watch F1 on iPlayer from outside Britain may find it more difficult than when ITV first broadcast F1 online this year.
Most watched race of 2008
ITV review 12 years of F1 coverage
Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix will be the final F1 broadcast by ITV. Since taking over from the BBC as the UK’s F1 broadcaster at the 1997 Australian Grand Prix, ITV will bow out having covered 206 grands prix. But because they interrupt races with adverts they have missed over 31 races’ worth of live action … Continue reading ITV F1: goodbye or good riddance?
Fifth most popular GP of 2008 in UK