Government to review BBC’s deal to screen F1?

A politician has criticised the BBC after winning exclusive rights to show Formula One in the UK for the next five years. Speaking during the weekly Business Questions Session in the House of Commons, Andrew MacKinlay disputed whether the decision was in the best interest of licence payers, adding that the fee could be better spent on “real, competitive sports”.

In response to these concerns, a spokesperson for the BBC said, “the public response to the BBC’s announcement, judging by our message boards and blogs, has been overwhelmingly positive – and people are particularly pleased about the opportunity to watch F1 live and uninterrupted”.

The matter will now be raised with Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary.