Date: 19th July 2011 at 10:44am
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No matter what happens with Formula One’s current contract with the BBC, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone does not want to move to Pay-TV.

The BBC’s current broadcast contract with Formula One does not expire until the end of the 2012 season.

But with the corporation currently working through harsh budget cuts, some media insiders have suggested that the BBC will not extend their current contract beyond 2012, while some have speculated that they could try and cut the deal short and stop showing the sport at the end of 2011.

‘We have got no problem with the Beeb, I can’t see how the BBC could cancel [its contract early]. We could probably sue them.’ Ecclestone told The Sunday Telegraph.

‘Let’s wait and see about the BBC because at the moment they want to make a noise,’

With the great coverage BBC offers with all three practice sessions shown live and uninterrupted on the red button and online and High Definition coverage of both Qualifying and the Race, no one wants to see F1 leave the BBC.

F1 has been gaining it’s highest viewing figures in a decade and the sports popularity continues to grow.

But if it did leave the BBC, F1 would not be moving to a subscription channel according to Ecclestone.

ITV and Channel 4 have reportedly already shown an interest, while Bernie would also approach Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond.

‘[I would] talk to Richard, obviously. It isn’t possible that F1 could go on to pay TV, we wouldn’t want to do that.’

 

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