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June 22, 2009

BBC’s £200 million F1 deal under threat


by David Allen

Following the decision by the top Formula One racing teams to think about breaking away from the current series and forming their own, the BBC is believed to be checking out the small print on a £200 million contract for a get out clause.

The BBC swooped in on the F1 deal when it became obvious that the sport was not fitting into the ITV plans for live sport, but with only half the season gone, there is a huge question mark hanging over the future of F1 in its current format.

Any change to the series could mean a loss of interest for fans and therefore F1 in 2010 would be a big turn off, leaving the BBC to pay out for a service that the fans don’t want.

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