It will impact us as we get the current ITV feed, via Sky TV (NZ not UK).
I hope it’s a change for the better but that won’t be hard if the Melbourne coverage is any guide. We had no commentary, nothing but ambient sound, for about 1/3 of the Qualifying. In the qualifying and races there are often audio gaps, when ITV go to adverts, and we don’t see, but get the audio for, many of the ITV replays. There is also little or no race build-up and the transfer from NZ to ITV is like amateur hour – often silent film, or just ambient sound before the tired old F1 logo and music sequence runs.
Bernie might set high standards, and like pressuring hosts like Melbourne to improve their standards, but our view of Formula 1 – only possible via a paid satellite feed – is pretty crappy.
Formula One - Times Online - WBLG: The BBC gets the rights back
Big change for Formula One in Britain as it emerges that the BBC has won back the television rights from ITV from next year(and for the next five years) to go along with its coverage on radio and the Internet.