Investigation into the legality of the Recent BBC/SKY F1 deal

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Created September 26, 2011 by F1_Fan


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There are currently 577 signatures for this petition:

  1. Barry Wheadon UNITED KINGDOM

    Whats the point of the BBC receiving our license money and waste it on horrible shows rather than their good coverage of F1, before sky butcher it to pieces.

  2. Dhiraj Ravindran AUSTRALIA

    A big NO to the BBC/Sky F1 deal. This needs to be nipped in the bud before this becomes a worldwide trend with F1 coverage.

  3. Terry Mullen

    Absolute disgrace

  4. Peakaboot BELGIUM

    Yet again a money grabbing exercise; when will enough people say enough is enough.

  5. Mark Picton UNITED KINGDOM

    I feel cheated by this deal.

  6. joe Tanner UNITED KINGDOM

    Disgusting deal brokered by the BBC with the sole intention to stop any other FTA channel being able to show F1. Absolutely conceited and a slap in the face to all the fee payers.

  7. Roy Clarke

    Sky+ = Pay+

  8. Barry Holt UNITED KINGDOM

    Very disappointed with the BBC and not moving to a sky subscription just for one sport when everything else with out sky is more than enough.

  9. Tom Housden UNITED KINGDOM

    This is another issue that will make the public question why we pay the licence fee. I expected much better from our national broadcaster!
    Also, the head of BBC Sport said that this is in the interest of fans! How? Tell us that BBC! This is not playing fair. It is disgusting behaviour – even though I love the coverage, I’d be quite happy to see the BBC stripped of their half of the deal, and it go to Ch4, just as punishment! You don’t see ITV keeping the Champions League if they are outbid by someone else – they’d like to keep it, but they don’t scupper other channel’s bids!

  10. Richard Walsh UNITED KINGDOM

    This deal is a travesty for F1 and all its fans

  11. Andrew Jackson UNITED KINGDOM

    This deal must be reviewed

  12. Kenneth Spencer UNITED KINGDOM

    Cannot even get Sky because of trees

  13. Peter Roberts UNITED KINGDOM

    No comment

  14. Alison Morgan UNITED KINGDOM

    I utterly fail to see how forcing people to pay to view is “in the interest of fans”. Why did the BBC block C4′s bid?

  15. Jason Powell UNITED KINGDOM

    The Bbc can shove there licensing fee, I am lucky in the fact I have sky but they don’t understand that people arnt as lucky and can’t afford it! If theu really had the intrest of the fans they wouldent of made this desiction

  16. Jose M. Horrillo UNITED KINGDOM


  17. Nick Bailey

    F1 has always been one of the key UK free to air national sporting events with BBC and ITV competing for the rights. Last time BBC beat ITV in their bid and NOW a year or so after winning the bid they sub license their commitment by bringing Sky and pay per view into the equation.

    This is totally wrong! BBC should be made to fulfill their original contract obligations, which included FREE LIVE coverage on TERRESTIAL TV. If they can’t do this ITV should be allowed to.

  18. neil owen UNITED KINGDOM

    shouldn’t be allowed to go to sky

  19. C Woodland UNITED KINGDOM

    Absolutely disgusting!

  20. Mark Carr UNITED KINGDOM

    This deal with Sky is an utter disgrace!

  21. Lynnette Maxim UNITED KINGDOM


  22. karin thompson UNITED KINGDOM

    i don’t want to have to pay for sky to watch formula 1

  23. James Burrows UNITED KINGDOM

    Completely Agree that this deal is both Morally and more importantly legislatively illegal.

  24. Michael WInn UNITED KINGDOM

    I am a Sky customer but do not subscribe to sports. The subscription cost is such that the non free to air races will be very expensive! All this when BE pledged that the TV deal would not be made with a non free to air broadcaster.

  25. Lynnette Maxim UNITED KINGDOM

    This was the only sport terrestrial TV viewers could follow for the whole season and not miss anything. The BBCs policy of aquiring the big events such as Wimbledon is all very well but these are one off events in the year. It seems that unless we get Sky then it’s very difficult to follow the sports we love nowadays.

  26. Mike Balmer UNITED KINGDOM

    I never miss a GP, and often rise at unearthly times to see both qualifying and the races live. Losing half the season to Sky is a disaster for those of us who aren’t Sky subscribers. The F1 season should be akin to other sporting events where the BBC has to show them on terrestrial TV.

  27. Elizabeth Anderson UNITED KINGDOM

    How does this deal fit with the concorde agreement, which states that F1 coverage is to be free to air in protected countries (GB included)? I can’t afford Sky, I don’t want it and I certainly don’t intend to give any money to it’s corrupt owner. No to Sky.

  28. Paul Creed UNITED KINGDOM

    Do not allow F1 coverage to go to Sky.

  29. David Legg UNITED KINGDOM

    I am furious that the BBC, eager to reduce the expense of covering Formula 1 Grand Prix for the next 2 years, has entered into a deal handing broadcast rights to another company for a total of 7 years without any competitive process.

    I am extremely concerned about the length of this deal, which has been made on the strength of a contract that the BBC was only able to sign with Formula One Management because the BBC could provide live “free to air” coverage of Grand Prix seasons in their entirety. The BBC has abused its position of dominance to create a situation whereby no Grand Prix season will be available live “free to air” in its entirety for 7 years, extending the contract by 5 years to improve the deal for Sky and prevent competition for broadcast rights that the BBC was no longer interested in holding.

    Please unwind this deal and prevent this shocking abuse of position, which is contrary to the express wishes of Formula One Management (that Formula One should be broadcast “free to air”), the interests of Formula One fans (who, in having now to pay for a Sky subscription to watch races live, have had a £600 per annum surcharge placed upon them by the BBC), and the expectation of fair competition for broadcast rights.

  30. Andrew Butcher UNITED KINGDOM

    so we keep wimbledon for 2 weeks a year, cricket that’s dieing on its feet and give up a growing worldwide sport BUT the worst aspect is the apparent dirty dealing to make sure C4 or any other terrestrial broadcaster can’t have it. BBC as a public service broadcaster – joke. Take away the licence fee!!

  31. Daniel Tyler UNITED KINGDOM

    Do not let the corrupt owners of BSkyB get the rights. Why would we want to only watch half a season ?

  32. Eliott Enos UNITED KINGDOM

    Sky has too much control over sport coverage today

  33. T. Elliott

    It is clearly stated in the Concord Agreement that TV access must be FTA (Free to Air). Sky is not FTA.

  34. paul crowe UNITED KINGDOM

    It is clearly stated in the Concord Agreement that TV access must be FTA (Free to Air). Sky is not FTA.

  35. Dennis Kerr UNITED KINGDOM

    As a pensioner I can now only see 50% of the races live

  36. David Castle UNITED KINGDOM

    I for once agree with BE – BBC have acted unfairly with my money

  37. David Lewis UNITED KINGDOM

    The BBC have entered into a deal with Sky, which does not allow full FTA access to live F1 and not allowed other terrestrial channels to bid for the complete package. They should not have entered into a deal that they were not prepared or financially capable of honouring.This is a move off FTA by the back door.

  38. Richard Patterson UNITED KINGDOM

    I wholehartedly agree with this petition. The BBC have acted unfairly towards it’s licence fee payers.

  39. Ian Townsend UNITED KINGDOM

    The BBC have not acted in the best interests of a) Legislation and Regulations, b) The license fee payers, and c) The Concorde Agreement. It doesn’t matter that “high level sources” have found that the deal between the BBC and Sky satisfies the concorde agreement: Plainly – Without Sky + Sky Sport, I cannot watch all F1 action next year, live, as it happens. IT IS NOT FREE TO AIR.

  40. Robert Parfitt UNITED KINGDOM

    This is the BBC instigating a deal that stops the other Free to Air TV Companies from taking over Formula 1 broadcasting. Even though I prefer the BBC coverage if they can’t afford it then they should have allowed ITV or Channel 4 to take over thereby keeping it Free to Air.

  41. Michelle Waugh UNITED KINGDOM

    Really hope this petition works,
    I don’t see how only having 10 races free to view when channel 4 were willing to pay to have all 20 races free to view is in the viewers or sports best interest.

  42. Shane Peiris UNITED STATES


  43. William selka UNITED KINGDOM

    Bbc is outside remit in doing this deal. BBC execs responsible must have been duped or incentivised by sky. Unacceptable!


    The BBC cannot sustain current programming given the recent cuts to funding.
    Sky have continually used financial might to overpower competition, destroying FTA television as we know it. I can understand why this deal came about, the BBC will have seen it as the only way they could continue coverage. However it cannot be in the best interests of the consumer/viewer to remove the opportunity of other FTA channels from competing for the rights. The chances are that Sky would have taken control as they have done with all other popular sports, which is a shame.
    However this deal appears to step outside of the bounds of the BBC remit and therefore should be deemed void.
    I would hate to see yet another program disappear into the paid for void that is Sky. Maybe the monopoly on programming and therefore destruction of quality FTA TV, is something else the OFT could look into.

  45. martin robinson UNITED KINGDOM

    hope this works, bernie is riding rough shod over F1 fans

  46. Tom Housden UNITED KINGDOM

    From yesterday’s paper:

    BBC Sport are committing to pay a sum approaching £300 million to secure long-term coverage of two events at a time when the corporation is being ravaged by across-the-board cuts and job losses.
    The price for last week’s three-year deal to extend Wimbledon coverage until 2017 is understood to be around £40 million a year. This is far more than speculation suggested after the secretive contract with the organisers was announced without any financial detail, despite the BBC being a public service broadcaster.
    On top of that £160 million is being allocated to keep the Six Nations on the BBC for the next four year contract from 2014 to 2017, due to be signed soon. The Beeb will have to pay a premium of £40 million a year for the rugby showcase as well as the tennis because Sky and ITV are interested in adding to their rugby portfolio.
    Wimbledon and the Six Nations are considered two crown-jewel sports that the BBC are determined to keep whatever the cost. This is even when there is so much upheavel around the move to Manchester and no money available for other rights that have equal national resonance, such as the FA Cup (F1 too! – added by me).

    This is not good!

  47. Bill Brown UNITED KINGDOM

    Shocking treatment of viewers by the BBC!

  48. Chris Howell UNITED KINGDOM

    Totally unacceptable ! BBC helped make F1 what it is in this country … and deserve full coverage of the calender …. if Bernie wants something from Sky then fair enough but the deal has to be a FAIR contract honouring ALL interested parties !

  49. Michael Atkinson UNITED KINGDOM

    Nonsense deal, both sides claiming not to be responsible; Beeb say that it was out of their hands to re-neg original contract and Bernie says the exact opposite and that it was them calling the shots. They must think we’re all idiots. Well the only idiots are those that sign up to Sky and pay for this fiasco. NO TO SKY

  50. Anup Bhatt UNITED KINGDOM

    I have not missed a race on BBC or ITV even waking for the races in the Gulf, Far East and Australia. I refuse to pay for an annual Sky subscription to watch only some of the races.

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