The BBC F1 deal under fire by MP

March 25, 2008
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The BBC F1 deal under fire by MP<br />

An MP is calling for a Government inquiry into the £200 million deal that BBC has made with the organisation behind Formula One. Jim Sheridan the MP for Paisley North, Scotland, has a motive behind his decision to call for this inquiry; he claims that the BBC would not pay £3 million for the Scotland International Football Games.

The Scotland football team’s matches will now be shown on digital channels which means that in some cases fans will not be able to see the matches at all. The fact that the BBC are willing to pay such a high amount for the rights of Formula One and leave out localised sporting events will always cause the BBC problems.

But the BBC is saying that Formula One has a huge following throughout the entire UK, which means that they are providing programming for the nation, rather than just a region. The MP is planning to write to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Andy Burnham over this matter, but it is a done deal.


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