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BBC says that F1 UK new Television broadcasting share contract with Sky to transmit F1 in 2012 was the greatest possible solution that was available to viewers.

“While our coverage from 2012 may not be as extensive as it has been up to now, the bare facts are that the BBC needs to save money,” he wrote on a blog on the BBC. Given the financial circumstances in which we find ourselves, we believe this new deal offers the best outcome for licence-fee payers.

“In a sense this partnership with Sky is another example of how the landscape of sports broadcasting has been transformed in recent years. There was a time when the BBC and other public service broadcasters could expect to televise all the big sports themselves. Now though we have a ‘mixed economy’, with some events on satellite while others are on terrestrial.”

“This new F1 arrangement will allow us to tell the story of the whole F1 season for BBC viewers, while providing extended access to the biggest moments in the calendar: including the glamour of Monaco, the excitement of the last race of the season, plus the British grand prix at Silverstone, which remains one of the highlights of the UK’s sporting summer.” He said.

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