ITV Set To Take Over F1 Contract From The BBC
Formula One looks set to return to ITV for the first time since 2008 when the sport returns from its winter break in 2016 with the broadcaster poised to take over the BBC’s broadcasting contract with Bernie Ecclestone and FOM.
The BBC announced last month that they were looking to save money by reducing their costs and as Formula One costs the corporation an estimated £12 million annually it was set to reduce its coverage however it now looks as though they will cut the coverage altogether.
Formula One returned to the BBC in 2009 ironically after ITV decided to cut short its own contract with Bernie Ecclestone the commercial rights holder and while the BBC have a further three years to run on the share deal with Sky Sports F1 it is unlikely that the deal with Sky will be affected in any way.
When contacted about the matter neither the BBC nor ITV would comment on the matter. Should ITV in fact take pick up the BBC F1 contract from next season it is unclear what the future’s of Eddie Jordan and David Coulthard along with pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie and whether or not they will move to ITV.