AndreaModa wrote:just removes a lot of the often unnecessary pre and post race waffle and montages.
Some of which was incredibly cheesy. I also used to hate the cringe-worthy moments where Team Principles were manhandled into shot for some back-slappingly inane chats.
I think I just miss the feeling of it being live and to be honest at the "start" of BBCs actual race I was as excited as normal so, meh, glad I wasnt one of the fools who got SKY just for F1
Yeah, I often didn't enjoy all the rubbish the ITV team used to natter on about prior to races either. I think the programme is better off without it.
In related news today, the BBC Sport website has published a story detailing how Channel 4 has secured the TV rights to all horse racing events from 2013 onwards
, meaning that the Grand National, Ascot and the Derby move across from the BBC. Now I'm not a follower of the sport, and hate watching it on TV, but I know how the National was one of those 'marque' events the BBC treasured in its sporting calender, so losing it along with all horse racing is pretty poor. I do know Channel 4 are held in high regard for doing a good job with racing, so for those fans it must be pleasing to have it all on one channel. But where does this leave the BBC? Along with the cancelling of their previous F1 contract to give us what we have now, they've also ditched another sport now, and their sports programming is looking increasingly thin on the ground.
It also begs the question, would C4 have taken the extra horse racing had they been able to secure F1? I think it's more of a consolation between the two parties after the BBC blocked C4's attempt to keep all of F1 on free-to-air TV, and should that be the case, proves very disappointing indeed. It will have allowed the BBC to get what it wants (i.e. still have F1, and cut costs), whilst at the same time off-loading another sport and the costs that come with broadcasting it, onto another channel, thus saving itself even more money. I know times are hard these days, but this is looking increasingly desperate from the Beeb, who must know they've over-stretched themselves with Olympics coverage.
That's right Eddie, that was me with the banner, Spanish GP, 2002. This pile of legal forms won't fill itself in you know...