Switzerland turns off F1

According to reports in yesterday’s Blick newspaper, Switzerland’s Federal Parliment has scrapped coverage of Formula One races. The move, which will see the government run broadcaster ‘SRG SSR idée suisse’ ceasing transmission of the feed in 2008, is thought to be due to an increase of 6.5% for the rights to broadcast the race live. Armin Walpen, of SRG, told the newspaper than the broadcaster “cannot spend money it doesn’t have” – SRG is a non-profit organisation, where 70% of revenue comes from licence fees.

Switzerland imposed a ban on all Motorsport following a fatal crash during the nineteen fifties.